Eugene Psych Ball: LSD & The Search For God, Egotones, Sacred Trees, The Blimp, Snow White, Thom Simon, Entresol, Smear & more; Lighting by Mad Alchemy

December 31, 2018 - 7:30pm

On Monday, December 31, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome the 3rd Annual Eugene Psychedelic Ball back to the WOW Hall for a New Year's Eve Celebration featuring LSD and the Search For God, EGOTONES, Sacred Trees, The Blimp, Snow White, Thom Simon, Entresol, Smear & more; Lighting by Mad Alchemy.

LSD and the Search for God hit the Northern California coast in 2005 –– seemingly from another place and time –– dosing San Francisco with hypnotic shows built upon swirling guitars, otherworldly drones, fuzzed-out pop melodies and dreamy vocal harmonies.  “Their sound weaves heavily around the shoegaze genre with both front man Andy Liszt and guitarist Chris Fifield congregating about 50 effects pedals between them,” notes Brighton's Finest.

 With reviews of early shows and recordings drawing comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Yo La Tengo, Spacemen 3 and Sonic Youth, the band quickly developed a must-see reputation within the underground psychedelic music scene.

When LSD finally released their self-titled debut EP (Mind Expansion Records, 2007) it sold out from the record label prior to the official release date.  It earned critical acclaim and continues to frequently appear on lists of essential shoegaze releases.  The EP was twice reissued on vinyl (Deep Space Recordings, 2008, 2015), twice on cassette (Cellar Door Tapes, 2015), and selected tracks were featured on three compilations: Mind Expansion Vol. 1, M.E. Vol. 2, and Australian nugazer compilation Take Me on the Wildest Spree (Rubber Records/EMI, 2008).

LSD's most recent release, Heaven Is a Place (Space Age Recordings, 2016), captures a snapshot in time soon after Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre) temporarily joined the band on drums.  Like the self-titled EP, it garnered critical acclaim and frequented many Best Of lists.  Pop Matters calls it, "a long-awaited sermon for the faithful and a blazing induction for new converts," while Primal Music says it's, "another astonishing collection of five psychedelic stories glistening with the same spaced out ingredients that blew my mind way back in 2007."

LSD's time and space travels have led them all over the U.S., Canada and Europe, including tours with Martin Rev (Suicide), Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), and The Telescopes, as well as appearances at Levitation--Austin Psych Fest, SoCal's Desert Daze, Manchester's Cosmosis Festival (with The Jesus and Mary Chain), Bathysphere (with A Place To Bury Strangers), twice at Desert Stars (first with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, then The Dandy Warhols), Calgary's Garbage Daze, and Portugal's Reverence Valada (with The Damned, The Oh Sees, and Silver Apples).

A new record is currently in the works.

SNOW WHITE

Snow White is a psychedelic dream.  The enigmatic duo of

Lauren Hay (vocals and keyboard) and Tim Khadafi (bass) serenades listeners with multi colored lullabies that tell stories of things you can see when all your eyes are working properly. 

Forming in Eugene in the winter of 2014, Snow White has sublimated Eugene's local music scene while sharing the stage with such acts as Dead Meadow, Mild High Club, La Luz, The Thermals, Summer Cannibals, Cherry Glazerr, The Sloths, and more.   They are the organizing force behind the Psychedelic Balls.

Snow White releases their first studio EP Glitter in 2016.  They released as a first single the dark and groovy tune “Pony Boy”, an exploration into the darkness of unhealthy relationships and the exploitative nature of sex.

As described by writer Sam Gehrke of Vortex Music Magazine, Snow White’s sound takes on an, “…almost cinematic quality, finally blooming into what I can only describe as a psych-injected James Bond intro song on acid.” 

 

EGOTONES

Heavy!  Trippy!  Surfy!  Proggy!  EGOTONES has it all!  This four piece instrumental group has been thrilling audiences with their uniquely psychedelic, high-energy music for almost a decade.  Bound together by a shared addiction to the inner nectar of Stretch Armstrong dolls, and well known for their compelling live shows and dense, cinematic compositions, EGOTONES have become a staple of the PNW scene and are a must see, must hear for any card carrying music nerd. 

Surf levels of Dick Dale, psychedelic areas of early Pink Floyd and 13th Floor Elevators, Egotones bring you through a unique trip within delicate and moody compositions.

Band members are: Krispy: guitar and keys; Austin: guitar; Davis: bass; and Jarryd: drums.

 

THE BLIMP

The Blimp is a four-piece from Eugene led by composer and front man Lucas Gunn, younger brother of Chris Gunn (The Hunches, The Hospitals).  They have self-released an epic 18-track double LP album entitled I Need to Go to a Hospital  -- a follow-up of their debut 12" EP Not Beer, released on Violet Times. 

The Blimp delivers a high-energy avant-garage rock sound, using polyrhythms, jazz scales, unusual time signatures and chord progressions.  Their influences range widely, from 70s Detroit punk, 60s psychedelic (especially 13th Floor Elevators), to elements of jazz, classical and international (they cover Japanese psych legend Justin Heathcliff).

Gunn trained under Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band guitarist Zoot Horn Rollo, and the influence shows.  The Blimp is loud, bizarre, catchy, obnoxious, energetic, chaotic and sometimes pretty.  The line-up consists of two guitars (Gunn and Erik Leland Vessey) switching off lead and rhythm, vocals, keyboards (Miranda Jenee), drums (Mikhail Swanson) and occasionally theremin.

 

SACRED TREES

Sacred Trees is a 4-piece psych rock band from Eugene, Oregon. They play a tambourine-drenched mix of high-energy psychedelic garage rock and fuzzy stoner doom riffs. They recently released their debut self-titled studio album, available now on Bandcamp. 

 

THOM SIMON

Psychedelic trio thom simon -- also known as Jeff Wiseman, Lindsay Kunhardt and Michael Whiteside -- will be returning to the annual Psych Ball for the third time to ring in the New Year with their jovial, spastic, sweaty ritual.  Showing little regard for genre, the band slips and slides between hang-ten surf, nightmarish pop, and fiery progressive rock in a wandering hurricane of emotive sound.

As their live shows continue to evolve, audiences across the nation have found themselves whipped into a frenzy with each new release.  The band has toured from coast to coast in support of their three EPs, with their last adventure reaching as far as Brooklyn, NY to spread their chaotic and infectious vibes.  

 

ENTRESOL

Entresol is self proclaimed "Dream Noise" from the American Pacific Northwest.  Sole member Joshua Isaac Finch utilizes samples, tape loops, experimental use of found objects, reverb drenched guitar and vocals to create vast sonic landscapes. Entresol's unique blend of sounds has seen them share stages with acts as varied as Burning Palms, Comrades and Yob's Mike Scheidt.

 

SMEAR

Through the Pacific Northwest rains of early 2018, longtime guitar noise artist "smear" joined forces with Eugene bassist Yonboi Gonzales and drummer Tater Chestnut.  Broadly drawing their influence from sounds ranging between Sonic Youth and Gorillaz, smear is characterized by tubed distortion, heavy psychedelic guitars, and driving rhythm.

Recently signed to SPACECASA Records, the group is set to release their debut EP, supported by West Coast winter and Southwest spring tours.

 

MAD ALCHEMY

Mad Alchemy is an analog liquid light show in the great San Francisco tradition of Bill Hamm, Glen Mckay and Brotherhood of Light from the heyday of the Bay's psychedelic ballrooms. Principal Lance Gordon has been involved with this art form since 1971 and learned the essence of liquid projections from a former member of the Brotherhood of Light at 17.  With a team of three to four people, Mad Alchemy typically blends six to nine projections (all overhead), together creating a dramatic montage of color that is always moving and changing.

When Lance Gordon first performed analog liquid light shows in the 1970's, he shared the stage with the likes of Roky Erickson, Big Brother and the Holding Co., Its a Beautiful Day, John Lee Hooker, Boz Skaggs, The Tubes, Tower of Power, John Cipollina, Copperhead, and Elvin Bishop.

Sensing a renewed interest in this kind of projection, Lance has devoted all of his attention to reviving this analog style and taken Mad Alchemy on several US and European tours.  Mad Alchemy has a constant presence in the Bay Area.  In addition, Mad Alchemy can be found performing at many festivals and other popular venues throughout California and Oregon.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 7:30.

 

Door Time: 
December 31, 2018 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
$12 Advance, $15 Day of Show