Dreamend, the side project of Black Moth Super Rainbow guitarist Ryan Graveface, will release a new...
Black Moth Super Rainbow came from the woods of western Pennsylvania. An actual, five-member band without the expected laptops and sequencers, BMSR is a psych-electro group in early-’70s electronic clothing. All are lovingly played by real people with real hands.
Members prefer to go by aliases and stay away from normal press photos, in an attempt to keep the focus on their music. Led by Tobacco (Vox), who does most of the writing and production, the band also consists of Father Hummingbird (rhodes and monosynth), The Seven Fields Of Aphelion (monosynth), Ryan Graveface (bass and guitar) and Iffernaut (drums). By developing their ideas in near-seclusion and without any local influence in Pittsburgh, they come across as feral and unique. Imagine being able to wipe the slate clean and hear a pop song without ever having heard a pop song before—replacing the types of melodies you’re accustomed to hearing with something completely different. It’s kind of like that.
Most people associate sounds like a vocoded vocal with techno and novelty and analog synths with electro, but BMSR is coming from a different place and are trying to recontextualize these sounds. They’re categorized in the electronic genre, but their heads are somewhere else.