A drone state of mind
By Kyle Silfer
"One chord best, two chords cool, three chords OK, four chords average."—Pete Kember, a.k.a. Sonic Boom
To tell the story of Spectrum, you first have to tell the short, furious story of Spacemen 3, the British band that reworked and re-presented psychedelic rock as a tranced-out mix tape of fuzz guitars and dreamy melodies—and produced at least two genuine masterworks, The Perfect Prescription (1987) and Playing with Fire (1989). Their sound was an intense blast of noise and howling feedback tempered with the flavor of candy-colored pop, a tasty antidote to the moribund this-
The current U.S. tour is the first in five years, and sets will feature material from a forthcoming Spectrum studio album (the first since 1997's Forever Alien) as well as selections from the Spacemen 3 canon. Press material implies this touring version of Spectrum will be a tight combo: Kember, armed with guitar, vintage organ and "mind-melting electronics," will be accompanied by Füxa's Randall Neiman. Don't think it won't be loud, though. Play twice before listening.
Spectrum will play the Launchpad on Tuesday, Sept. 18, with Blumenkraft, Death Valley Days and DJ Eve. Advance tickets are $10 at Natural Sound (plus service fee). 8 p.m., 21+.
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