Bardo Pond

Bardo Pond

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate

Fri, November 17, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Bardo Pond
Bardo Pond
The world’s most essential psychedelic rock experience should defy rational explanation and scholarly deconstruction. No tablature can define for you what these latter day cosmic couriers bring to the table, no lyric sheet will give you access to their text; you put the music on, close your eyes, and dream your equivalent of the pond into existence. Bardo Pond has the outward specifications of a rock band — guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, occasional but crucial flute and violin and vocals — but the rivers that converge into the band’s oneiric flow have their headwaters in the outlands of ecstatic jazz, free noise and the avant-garde. Their slow-motion avalanches of churning instrumentation and voice suggest drugged states but don’t necessarily require them.

They alter brain chemistry by the alchemical effect of distressed sound alone, aspiring to become engineers of the soul’s passage to alternate states of consciousness.At the foundation of the pyramid, the drums of Jason Kourkounis and the bass of Clint Takeda lay down a sinewy, sexy and hypnagogic bottom end. At the centre of the pyramid, the twin guitars of John and Michael Gibbons send out emissaries of fire, flaying flesh from bone in a storm of holy liberation. Isobel Sollenberger inhabits the place where the pyramid meets the eye of their storm, weaving fibres of voice, flute and violin through the din.I heard someone comment recently that the limits of music have now been defined, bracketed by John Cage’s silence at one end and Merzbow’s maximum noise at the other, leaving only the option of filling the spaces in between. Bardo Pond demonstrate how much scope there is to innovate within that continuum. If rock music is to have any relevance in the new millennium, it is bands like Bardo Pond that will make it so.
Plastic Crimewave Syndicate
Plastic Crimewave Syndicate
Chicago's Plastic Crimewave Syndicate is led by Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow on guitar and vocals, creator of the beloved psychedelic magazine Galactic Zoo Dossier (published by Drag City) and former head of Plastic Crimewave Sound, who toured with Comets on Fire, Acid Mothers Temple, and Oneida, and released several LPs which were acclaimed in the Wire magazine, Mojo, and even by head-druid Julian Cope. PCWSyndicate is filled out by bassist Anjru Kettering, formerly of windy city acid-rawk gods the Great Society Mind Destroyers and Jose Bernal, who has pounded the skins for Bionic Cavemen and Dead Feathers. PCWSyndicate has opened for Loop, Hawkwind, Keiji Haino, Simply Saucer and backed Djin Aquarian of Ya Ho Wa 13, plus played gigs with younger psych acts like Woods, Purling Hiss and Quilt---and toured the USA. Their debut LP appeared on the UK label Swordfish, home to luminaries like Roky Erickson, Acid Mothers Temple and YHW13. Their new LP "Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom" is also on a UK label, the stoner-friendly imprint Cardinal Fuzz--where they were allowed to freak out in a most heavy fashion.
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
http://kungfunecktie.com/

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