Acid Mothers Temple. 4.20.07 Earl
Total mind whipper. Man, i need to start bringing my regular camera to more shows, thats for sure. That and some sort of recording device.
What a show. Lots and lots of people in attendence. Way more than recent times AMT came through. Chalk that up to it being on a friday night and the freaks being out for 4:20. Total stonerfest which ruled b/c everyone was super into the music. Well, not everyone - I looked over and about 1/3 of the crowd left within the first 2 songs (including some of our friends i think). Different strokes for different folks, I guess. One thing's for sure Flip was feelin that shit! Eyes closed jammin!! Damn though AMT was on.
We got there late which pissed me off b/c I really wanted to see the opener but I did have a few minutes to pop my head backstage and give Makoto the France/AMT split. They liked it but I think the band was more excited about my LWO shirt
than they were about the record. They got out there and in typical fashion Higashi started the show with the much welcomed COSMIC SWIRL coming from his roland. This dude is awesome by the way b/c his main job in the band is to make space sounds and dance (play gutiar sometimes) and wear cool pants. Dude has the best pants ever, just ask ice. They started the show rather slowly with a new improv jam that was slower and featured a lot of the newest female member, Kitagawa Hao on thermin and wailing voice. It was a good welcome mat but really shit got kicked off right during the second song when the fuckin' barn door was blasted off and they ripped into the 9 part song from their newest album "Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo". Total face melter that was jamming in double time. The song is really long, longer than normal 15 minute realm and not many minded as everyone realized their insides were being liquefied from the heat of the riffs.
I'm a little fuzzy on order of songs but what I think came sometime next was "Phantom Fire Ball" - another mountain rocker with a centralized riff that they ride pretty much for 10 minutes. the addition of thermin to the cosmos was great and really took you way the fuck out to Alpa Centauri 109. Towards the end of the first set was when the shit got heavy. "Pink Lady Lemonade" time. I was trying to describe this song to someone and to AMT its like their Stairway to Heaven. Its their fucking #1 jam. Starts off with this trance like guitar line that goes over and over and over and over, lulling you in as the song steadily builds for a good 15 minutes. The guitar picking changes as the time signature changes too, so it really has time to get its hooks set into you and then as you think the song is hitting its peak - BOOM - Makoto rips into this solo on the perfect accentuating note and it almost brings your ass to your knees. When they get a hold of this song on certain nights, its impossible to deny their majesty. Tonight’s version was about 30 minutes long with another song thrown in the middle. Fucking amazing. AFter PLL, they took a break and came back on for a beautiful acoustic version of "La Novia" with the bass player playing acoustic guitar and Makoto quietly playing this old noise making metal cup that attached to his strings. They closed the show with another improv jam I believe that Makoto talked about on their message boards the next day.
Overall a grade A show for them. Lots of our friends went who had not seen them before, so i'm interested to see what everyone thought.
All this being said, one of the coolest parts of the night was at the merch table aka Shop Zone. They had more offerings than I had ever seen (lots of solo stuff) and I quickly nabbed up the stuff i didnt have yet. BEST PURCHASE OF THE NIGHT WAS their new tour ep: Crystal Rainbow Pyramid Under The Stars. Jesus Christ this is the best thing AMT has released in YEARS. I'm not bullshitting here. I listened to it 3 times this weekend already. And fuck the EP status, this thing clocks in at 69:59 (the longest time you can get on a cd). Vintage AMT, you got the heavy riffage, and the beauty all rolled into one disc. The best is the second song which is a wet dream for me. Concentrated groove that at exactly 10:00 minutes into the song hits with a super rad change and solo (reminds me of the anticipation of Sheets Of Easter
). Anyways the cool thing is that at the 11 minute point, 12 minute point, and 13 minute point EXACTLY they hit this same change. The last song on the disc is a low country boil with some definite rockin (including major sitar jam) but dissipates into a beautiful raga style ambience that rides until the disc ends.
IF YOU SEE AMT ON THIS TOUR BUY THIS THING! IF YOU BUY ANYTHING THIS YEAR BY AMT, GET THIS! The cd version comes with the extra 3rd song, but the vinyl versions come in 2 types of colored vinyl: red and blood drop clear. BEAUTIES!!! This tour ep will be on my year end list, no doubt.