Such was the case as Black Moth Super Rainbow hit Neumo’s on a Monday night, but the somewhat hipster-y Capitol-Hill-neighborhood crowd came to party anyway. Sadly, we missed the first opener (Oscillator Bug), and second-opener The Hood Internet‘s generic, just-press-play house-and-dub mashup of every over-played Top-40 track only seemed to please one fro-hawked broster. However, all was forgiven once BMSR hit the stage.
As a full-fledged Tobacco-fiend, I feared vocoder-lyricist Thomas Fec would ignore his grittier solo material for the night, but I was pleasantly surprised as they opened the set with “Sweatmother” [LISTEN], followed by BMSR’s “Hairspray Heart.” [LISTEN] Following that was a driving “Constellation Dirtbike Head,” [LISTEN] and then “Psychic Love Damage” [LISTEN] signaled mid-set relax-and-zone-out time. From then on, the crowd’s dancing was a little less mosh and more “hippie sway,” which fit the psychedelic take on romanticism prevalent all over the new album, Cobra Juicy:
I’ve wasted all my daylight
Always dreamin’ in your eyes
I figured out what matters
Psychically feeling us go by
Your face does this thing
And your smile could wreck me
The thought that we’ll both be gone someday
Tears me to pieces
Ready to pick it back up, “Psychic” ended with a heavier, slightly-bashed outro, serving as a sign of what was to follow. BMSR plowed through old and new, Tobacco and full-band alike but much of it remixed to have a heavier, more “live/rock” feel. “I Think It’s Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors, Too” [LISTEN] and “Motorlicker” [LISTEN] were both what can only be described as “sick as shit,” but also almost unrecognizable from the studio recordings.
The dreamy arpeggios of “256” were nearly absent from the heavy mix, just as “Motorlicker”‘s grinding electronic bass was buried under bombastic drums and guitars. While most recent single “Windshield Smasher” [LISTEN] got everyone bouncing, and its similarly upbeat, love-struck message remained true to the recording, but was immensely better with a live band.
Surprisingly, “Sun Lips” [LISTEN] got the biggest pre-emptive applause of the night even though it remained pretty faithful to the chill recording, leading to more jam-festival dancing. The set’s only disappointment came in the encore; after stopping 30 minutes earlier than required by the ridiculously-stringent downtown Seattle dance laws, BMSR hit the stage again for a low-energy 12 minutes – hardly how anyone wanted to end the night. Still, that gave the crowd time to grab street meat and bus home. Overall, the band gets a solid nine for the evening, while the crowd gets a seven or eight. Check out this reviewer’s piss-poor camera work below to see a bit for yourself. As it turns out, dancing and filming simultaneously is difficult: