Local Scene: Black Moth Super Rainbow; Led Zeppelin tribute 'No Quarter'
October 25, 2012 8:00 AM
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Black Moth Super Rainbow member Tobacco
By Scott Mervis Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Black Moth's new 'Cobra'
• From the woods of Western Pennsylvania, as they like to say, comes a new album from Black Moth Super Rainbow, the first since 2009's "Eating Us."
"Cobra Juicy," released on Tuesday, is another adventure in electronic-psych pop with hazy, sun-warped melodies and the band's signature vocoderized vocals. This time, the full picture is a little brighter and maybe more coherent.
"This new album is like a pop album in my mind," Tobacco (Tom Fec) told Paste magazine this week. "It's, in my mind, what I was supposed to have done after [2007's] 'Dandelion Gum.' 'Eating Us' wasn't right."
In the wake of the David Fridmann-produced "Eating Us," the Hampton-based Tobacco chose to work on his own, spending three years on the new 39-minute, 11-track album. A full album called "Psychic Love Damage" (also the name of a song on this one) was scrapped during the making of "Cobra Juicy." "I haven't had a labor of love since 'Dandelion Gum'," he notes.
The first single is "Windshield Smasher" and it comes with a video that attacks hipsters/hippies -- literally. It depicts a citrus-mask-wearing mob (it's BMSR, after all) surrounding a young couple whose GPS led them into a weed-filled LA alley. After flattening the tires and smashing the windshield, the gang pulls the hipsters from their Jeep and proceeds to brush their teeth, shave the guy's beard, trim the girl's hair and force-feed them pink birthday cake. It's gang violence at its most cosmetic and surreal, and, coincidentally enough, it was preceded by a Colgate commercial when I watched it.
Black Moth is currently on a Southern tour that includes a stop at Moogfest in Asheville, N.C., on Friday. It will swing back through here on Nov. 10 at Mr. Smalls in Millvale.
They hold No Quarter
• Because it's proven to be a little tough to get the actual Led Zeppelin together, a collection of Pittsburgh bands and musicians will assemble Friday at Frankies, Squirrel Hill, for No Quarter, a tribute to the band to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The bill features Joey Granati and the School of Rock, Chaibaba, The Dirty Charms, Sugapablo, Gods & Aliens and a house band -- Katie Simone, Southside Vinni, Matt Mittleman, Ben Rossman, Andy Tarravella, Kip Lieber and Patrick Nightingale -- called The Nobs, a name that Zep used for a Copenhagen concert in 1970 when Frau Eva von Zeppelin threatened to sue the band over use of the name.
"Katie and I originally started doing a couple Zep songs at Jam Night," says Southside Vinni. "All the musicians kept saying how much they love playing Led Zeppelin, and the idea just grew from that. If you want to see a bunch of musicians having a blast, playing some of their favorite rock n roll, then you will not be disappointed. These folks are itching to go!"
It's at 9 p.m. at 5832 Forward Ave. For info, call 412-422-5027.