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Eugene Psychedelic Ball: LSD and the Search For God, Egotones, Sacred Trees, The Blimp, Snow White, Thom Simon, Entresol, Smear, Lighting by Mad Alchemy
December 31, 2018 • 7:00 pm• $12 – $15
On Monday, December 31, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome the 3rd Annual Eugene Psychedelic Ball back to the WOW Hall for a New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring LSD and the Search for God, EGOTONES, Sacred Trees, The Blimp, Snow White, thom simon, Entresol, smear & more; Lighting by Mad Alchemy.
LSD and the Search for God hit the Northern California coast in 2005 –– seemingly from another place and time –– dosing San Francisco with hypnotic shows built upon swirling guitars, otherworldly drones, fuzzed-out pop melodies and dreamy vocal harmonies. “Their sound weaves heavily around the shoegaze genre with both front man Andy Liszt and guitarist Chris Fifield congregating about 50 effects pedals between them,” notes Brighton’s Finest. The band quickly developed a must-see reputation within the underground psychedelic music scene. When LSD finally released their self-titled debut EP (Mind Expansion Records, 2007) it sold out from the record label prior to the official release date. It earned critical acclaim and continues to frequently appear on lists of essential shoegaze releases. LSD’s most recent release, Heaven Is a Place (Space Age Recordings, 2016), captures a snapshot in time soon after Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre) temporarily joined the band on drums. Like the self-titled EP, it garnered critical acclaim and frequented many Best Of lists. Pop Matters calls it, “a long-awaited sermon for the faithful and a blazing induction for new converts,” while Primal Music says it’s, “another astonishing collection of five psychedelic stories glistening with the same spaced out ingredients that blew my mind way back in 2007.” A new record is in the works.
EGOTONES are a four piece instrumental group that has been thrilling audiences with their uniquely psychedelic, high-energy music for almost a decade. Well known for their compelling live shows and dense, cinematic compositions, EGOTONES combine the surf levels of Dick Dale with psychedelic areas of early Pink Floyd and 13th Floor Elevators.
Sacred Trees is a four-piece psych rock band from Eugene. They play a tambourine-drenched mix of high-energy psychedelic garage rock and fuzzy stoner doom riffs. They recently released their debut self-titled studio album.
The Blimp is a four-piece from Eugene led by composer and front man Lucas Gunn. They have self-released an epic 18-track double LP album entitled I Need to Go to a Hospital — a follow-up of their debut 12″ EP Not Beer. The Blimp delivers a high-energy avant-garage rock sound. Their influences range widely, from 70s Detroit punk, 60s psychedelic (especially 13th Floor Elevators), to elements of jazz, classical and international. Gunn trained under Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band guitarist Zoot Horn Rollo, and it shows.
Snow White is a psychedelic dream that formed in Eugene in 2014. The band released their first studio EP, Glitter, in 2016. It’s first single is the dark and groovy tune “Pony Boy”, an exploration into the darkness of unhealthy relationships and the exploitative nature of sex.
Psychedelic trio thom simon — also known as Jeff Wiseman, Lindsay Kunhardt and Michael Whiteside — has toured from coast to coast in support of their three EPs. Showing little regard for genre, the band slips and slides between hang-ten surf, nightmarish pop, and fiery progressive rock in a wandering hurricane of emotive sound.
Entresol is self proclaimed “Dream Noise” from the American Pacific Northwest. Sole member Joshua Isaac Finch utilizes samples, tape loops, experimental use of found objects, reverb drenched guitar and vocals to create vast sonic landscapes.
Broadly drawing their influence from sounds ranging between Sonic Youth and Gorillaz, smear is characterized by tubed distortion, heavy psychedelic guitars, and driving rhythm. Recently signed to SPACECASA Records, the group is set to release their debut EP, supported by West Coast winter and Southwest spring tours.
Mad Alchemy is an analog liquid light show in the great San Francisco tradition of Bill Hamm, Glen McKay and Brotherhood of Light from the heyday of the Bay’s psychedelic ballrooms. Principal Lance Gordon has been involved with this art form since 1971 and learned the essence of liquid projections from a former member of the Brotherhood of Light at 17. With a team of three to four people, Mad Alchemy typically blends six to nine projections, creating a dramatic montage of color that is always moving and changing.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show, and are available at U. of O. Ticket Office, WOW Hall and www.ticketweb.com. Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 7:30. The WOW Hall is located at 291 W. 8th Ave. (the corner of 8th and Lincoln in Eugene) and is open for all ages (6-11 half price at the door when accompanied by parent or adult guardian; five and under no charge). Adult refreshments are available downstairs. For more information please call 541-687-2746.