Concert Review: The Comet is Coming, October 14, Axis Club

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It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since The Comet is Coming wowed the audience, and specifically, the Panic Manual crew, at SXSW.

Their creative take of combining elements of electronic and jazz gave their sound a freshness that was truly unique.

In the three years since, The Comet is Coming has seen their second record nominated for the Mercury Prize and much like a lot of acts, the band spent the pandemic crafting a new record – Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam.

This October see the trio finally back on tour in North America and make no mistake, the live environment is where the group shines. Powered by the King Shabaka’s lungs, the Comet is Coming live experience is something else. The saxophone jumps off the stage, Betamax’s drum work drives and paces the show and filling in all the gaps and acting as an orchestrator is Danalogue

Together they put on a live show that rarely stops, seamlessly moving from one track to another. New material melding with the old and creating just a really cool vibe. I don’t think there was anyone in the crowd didn’t feel like they were at the coolest event in town that night. I’m still digesting the new material but the older material still stood out as the highlights of the evening. The Frenetic, chaotic energy of “Total Eclipse”, the hip hop vibes of “Blood of the Past” and the dance energy of “Summon the Fire” all were highlights of the show.

Much like a lot of amazing instrumental acts, it’s really hard to fully encapsulate the experience – a Comet is Coming show is just a really cool and unique experience. Don’t miss it

Concert Review: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, October 15, Axis Club

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I’m not sure what it is about Australia that leads the country to produce so many great psych bands. Is it something in the water? Is it somehow related to the surfer culture? The steady diet of vegemite? Or could it have some connection to all the deadly spiders at every turn?

OK, probably not the spiders, but whatever it is, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets definitely have that certain something that puts them in the good company of like-minded bands such as Tame Impala, The Lazy Eyes, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. And on Saturday night, the psych rock faithful packed into the Axis Club for a sold out show from the Perth-based band.

After a solid opening set from New York’s Acid Dad, the Crumpets took to the stage and proceeded to blow the crowd’s minds (and inspire a crowdsurfer or two) with a set of tunes that brought together heavy riffage and trippy harmonies, quite often within the same song. There were plenty of psychedelic projections on the screen behind them to add a bit of visual spectacle, but the real attraction during the show was watching the five band mates just jamming out on tunes like “Tally-Ho”, “Mr. Prism” and “Acid Dent.”

All in all, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets put on a great show, though it ultimately didn’t bring me any closer to understanding just why Australians are so good at psych rock. But when it sounds this good, better not to worry about the why of it all and just enjoy the ride.

Song of the Day: Mister Strange – Nothing At All

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“Nothing At All” is the fuzzy new single from Manchester rockers Mister Strange, taken off their upcoming EP of the same name, out on November 11 via PNKSLM Recordings. Check it out.

Song of the Day: Atsuko Chiba – Seeds

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Expansive and hypnotic, “Seeds” is the droney lead single off of Water, It Feels Like It’s Growing, the upcoming third full length from Montreal psych rockers Atsuko Chiba.

In advance of that album’s release early next year, the band is currently playing a string of dates opening for King Buffalo which takes them to Toronto’s Velvet Underground on Thursday, October 13.

Water, It Feels Like It’s Growing is out on January 20th, 2023 via Mothland.