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The latest track off of Black Moth Super Rainbow’s upcoming Cobra Juicy (out October 23 on Rad Cult), “Gangs In The Garden”, sounds like a F150 commercial if F150’s were marketed to martians. Or the guys in Animal Collective. Just imagine a technicolor pickup truck zooming through Joshua Tree with this playing in the background. Fucking awesome. Stream below.


While we wait for Black Moth Super Rainbow’s fifth studio album, Cobra Juicy, to explode like a piñata (filled with ayahuasca instead of candy), sink your tentacles into an unreleased demo of “Iron Lemonade”, which appeared on 2009’s Eating Us. The demo version kicks both the volume and tempo up for a more in-your-face take on the album cut. October 9th can’t come soon enough. Stream the demo below.


There are few bands in the contemporary music landscape that completely defy description. In the internet era, just about every band, album, song and bar can be attributed a descriptor. Unfortunately, this isn’t due to music critics’ vastly improved vocabularies. Instead, there is a need to assign genre names and other descriptors to everyone and everything. Enter Black Moth Super Rainbow. Just try and define the Pittsburgh group, I dare you. Wikipedia calls them “neo-psychedelia” for fucks sake. Most people fall back on the “____ on LSD” cliche, but BMSR don’t fall into the confines of any hallucinogen, at least not one known to man. Anyways, if you weren’t already squealing in anticipation for BMSR’s upcoming Cobra Juicy (looking at an October 9 release), then the Windshield Smasher EP/Maxi-Single might just make your eyes bug out and your stomach do a few somersaults. Featuring remixes from a cohort of screwballs including Odd Nosdam and Zackey Force Funk, the package is an exhibition in off-kilter rhythms, lead by Nosdam’s draped up and dripped out submission. All centered around Tobacco’s vocoder mastery of course. BMSR continue to make the weirdest pop music around, evoking technicolor patterns more than coherent emotions. Stream Windshield Smasher below and ready yourself for Cobra Juicy.

October 9th marks the return of Black Moth Super Rainbow, synth enthusiasts, vocoder abusers and general malcontents. That day marks the release date for Cobra Juicy, their first album 2009’s Eating Us. Incredibly, fans funded the album twice over via the band’s Kickstarter page. That’s a dedicated fanbase. Not satisfied with their unique spot in the history books, BMSR get real cantankerous on  “Windshield Smasher”. It’s classic BMSR and has Tobacco written all over it. If you’re not familiar, please, please listen to Dandelion Gum. Stream “Windshield Smasher” below.

Black Moth Super Rainbow is one of those bands that really don’t have any peers. They’re too weird. Too experimental. Too involved in the abstract. Through this, they have garnered an equally unique sort of cult following. Based in Pittsburgh and propelled by creative mastermind Tobacco, the group has attracted fans since their first official release (Falling Through A Field) in 2004, via their unique blend of synth-driven pop, folk structure and psychedelic aesthetic. Their music is colorful as hell and evokes emotions that few musical acts can. To put it succinctly, BMSR makes you feel like your some long-forgotten hallucinogen, like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. That’s not a declaration that their music is best accompanied by drugs (although partaking couldn’t help) though. Instead, BMSR have the ability to take you to a realm few others have ventured to.

Anyways, it has been three years since the quartet released an LP (Eating Us and two years since Tobacco’s last release. Luckily for all of us with sunburnt eyes and warped eardrums, two new songs have made it onto the interwebs. The first, “spraypaint” is a track from the full group with all of the characteristics we’ve come to expect from BMSR. The cascading synths, heavily vocodered vocals and indecipherable lyrics are all there. The second track, this one by Tobacco and Zackey Force Funk under the name Demon Queen trends towards Tobacco’s more abrasive hip hop oriented work. I’m not familiar with Zackey’s work, but this is a distinctly Tobacco driven song. I can’t even keep track of how times and in how many ways the vocals are altered on “el camino 2.” Less psych-y than most BMSR material, the lyrics are sung at times and rapped at others, creating a beat atmosphere whereas BMRS go for esoteric ambience. Both tracks highlight what makes BMSR and its individual artists so revered by their fanbase. Stream both tracks above and below.