By Dave Pehling
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Dealing out mind-altering sounds for over two decades, Japanese experimental rock outfit Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting U.F.O. brings its other worldly live show to the Chapel in San Francisco Sunday night.
Guitarist Makoto Kawabata’s career dates back to his early days on the fringes of the Osaka music scene during the late ’70s when he first tried to bring together the heavy rock of Deep Purple with the electronic sounds of German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. In the mid-1990s, he would form Acid Mothers Temple as a musical collective exploring cosmic sounds drawing from progressive rock, the propulsive krautrock of Can and Neu and avant-garde classical giants like Stockhausen, Terry Riley and Iannis Xenakis.
Initially, the group recorded their collective improvisation before Kawabata edited and overdubbed those tapes for a final result similar to the working process of Can or electric-era Miles Davis. The band self-released several cassettes and gradually built a cult following with their powerful live shows, touring the globe extensively. Along with underground outfits like Ghost, High Rise, Boredoms and Kawabata’s noisy power trio side project Mainliner, Acid Mothers Temple became part of a vanguard of the Japanese neo-psychedelic rock movement.
With longtime synthesizer player Higashi Hiroshi (a member since 1998) at his side, Kawabata and company have made a name for themselves with a prolific output of live and studio recordings over the decades. Acid Mothers Temple has also managed a number of notable collaborations with their heroes, recording and performing onstage with members of UK prog greats Gong and iconic krautrock drummer and Guru Guru founder Mani Neumeier.
The current line-up of AMT — Kawabata and Hiroshi along with newer members Satoshima Nani on drums, Mitsuko Tabata on guitar and Tsuyama Atsushi (aka Wolf) on bass — unleash their unique style of epic cosmic music at the Chapel Sunday evening. They are joined by touring partners, Montreal-based krautrock group yoo doo right (who take their name from the epic tune featured on Can’s debut album Monster Movie). Opening SF psychedelic glam/stoner-metal group Glitter Wizard has been bashing out its style of over-the-top theatrical hard rock for over a decade. Twisting together elements of Black Sabbath, Hawkwind, Blue Cheer and Black Oak Arkansas, the motley crew is currently working on a follow-up to its their third headbanging space-boogie opus Hollow Earth Tour.
Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting U.F.O
Sunday, April 1, 7 p.m. $15-$17