I have to credit Songs in the Key of Touche for posting this song first, but it deserves all the attention it gets. I’ll admit, I hadn’t heard of Black Moth Super Rainbow until two things happened very recently: they played a small, sparsely attended but much raved about show on CMU’s lawn a few weeks ago and were profiled in The City Paper. Much to my amazement, the keyboard based, psychedelic sextet have been pumping out mindfucking jams for most of the 00’s, first as Satanstompingcaterpillars from 2000-2002, then as BMSR for the rest of the decade. Between three full length albums, a gaggle of self-released cd-r’s, E.P.’s and vinyls, glowing reviews in Pitchfork and other publications, group members Tobacco and Power Pill Fist’s self contained solo projects, and an opening slot on The Flaming Lips fall 2007 tour, I’m convinced BMSR has more hype surrounding them outside of Pittsburgh than in.
In terms of the internet-age, my awareness/appreciation for the group is eons behind, but it’s a welcome testament to the ways in which Pittsburgh’s flourishing music scene continues to suprise me. BMSR’s fourth full length album, Eating Us, is due out May 26 and happens to feature the psych-pop gem “Born on the Day the Sun Didn’t Rise.” The track has all the makings of a June anthem: Three Dog Night infused organ intro, spaced out vocoder-masked vocals, and enough drug induced drone to give you a contact high. Jump on the bandwagon, I promise you its not too late.