In August 1945, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were leveled by atomic bombs. Survival in the wake of nuclear destruction must be a horrifically bewildering experience, one that ingrains itself deeply into a cultural psyche and informs what is created by generations of survivors. This residual radiation is the crucible that birthed Godzilla, Akira
, Hello Kitty and Acid Mothers Temple. Acid Mothers Temple is a concept more than a band, although it is also a band. Formed as a collective in 1995 to showcase the sound experiments of guitarist Kawabata Makoto, the group quickly ballooned to dozens of members. They attained a cult-like mythology, often shrouding themselves in colorful costumes and a close-lipped reluctance to explain their music. In many ways it is easier to write about Acid Mothers Temple in terms of what they are not: They are not a rock band, they are not a noise band, they are not a jam band. And yet, they are all of these things, fused together by an almost terrifying force that requires a new form that they are in the process of discovering. Not necessarily beautiful, just mutated …
with Yamantaka, Sonic Titan | 8 p.m. Sunday, April 28 | Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org
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