Acid Mothers Temple

Triples Ds and Speakeasy present...

Acid Mothers Temple

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Chew

Mon · April 29, 2019

7:30 pm



This event is 21 and over

Acid Mothers Temple
Acid Mothers Temple
Formed in 1995 by Makoto Kawabata at the same time as the Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective. The group released its debut album in 1997 on PSF Records (Japan), and it was selected as one of the year's best albums in the The Wire magazine (UK). In 1998 the group played their first tours of the US and Europe. Since then the group has released a huge number of albums on labels from many different countries. As of 2017, the group has released around 80 albums. Every year since 1998, they have toured extensively in the US and Europe, and more recently have started performing around Asia and in Japan too.

The group has performed in collaboration with many musicians including psychedelic originators Gong and Guru Guru, Simeon (Silver Apples), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), and the Occitanian trad sinder Rosina de Peira. Japanese collaborators have included Afrirampo, Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins), Maso Yamazaki (Masonna), Seiichi Yamamoto (Boredoms), Jun Kuriyama (The Ox), and many others.

To begin with the group had a floating line-up with contributions from many members of the AMT Soul Collective. But as tours became more frequent, the group began to coalesce around a core touring line-up. Other bands were created with Acid Mothers Temple as part of their name (AMT & The Cosmic Inferno, AMT SWR, AMT & The Space Paranoid, Acid Mothers Gong, Acid Mothers Guru Guru, etc.), but AMT & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. has continued to function as the mothership and main lineage for all our activities.

In 2016, 21 years since the group's founding, there was a major shift in the line-up and "Next Generation" was added to the name. We now view the first 20 years as chapter one in our story, and we are now turning the page to start chapter two. The current touring line-up is: Makoto Kawabata (the sole original member), Hiroshi Higashi, Mitsuko☆Tabata, Nani Satoshima, and Wolf.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
"There’s a whole world contained within Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. They’re a
Noh-Wave prog collective, a black-and-white (and sometimes red) theatre company,
an operatic psych cult, and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom.
Above it all, though, they’re a thunderous rock band, and on their third album, DIRT,
they’re the heaviest they’ve ever been.
Though they’ve been an amorphous beast since they formed in 2010, DIRT follows
the group’s most significant evolution in years. Now totally Toronto-based, they’ve
added new singer Joanna Delos Reyes, guitarist Hiroki Tanaka and bassist
Brandon Lim, who, along with the towering drums of leader/artist Alaska B,
singer/theatre artist Ange Loft and keyboardist Brendan Swanson, turn the group
into a driving engine of sound. Live, the band can be sprawling and theatrical or
concise and visceral, filling the stage with noise, melody and cacophony.
DIRT is the band’s first album since 2013’s UZU, their second straight to be
shortlisted for the Polaris Prize as one of the best Canadian albums of the year. But
the gap between albums hasn’t been a hiatus. Instead, the group hunkered down in
the studio composing the mostly-instrumental score to the DrinkBox Studios video
game Severed, along with members of the Canadian-Filipina gong group Pantayo.

They emerged with new elements to heighten and distort into their already far-
reaching sound, which combines and tornadoes Asian diasporic and Indigenous

influences and perspectives.
The album was conceived as the soundtrack for an unreleased Haudenosaunee and
Buddhist themed Anime produced in 1987. Like UZU, it takes place on the planet
Pureland, now 10,000 years after the planet has flooded. The surviving people live
within bubble domes floating in orbit. A team of mercenaries descends into the
drowned wreckage of the world to receive the last sample of uncorrupted soil.
Never abandoning their irreverent edge, the band pushes further into madness and
finds clarity in it, combining Kanien'kehá:ka creation story and Buddhist principles
with classic sci-fi themes to show how humanity continues to succumb to its worst
impulses: madness, hubris and greed. With a sarcastic sigh that crosses political
spectrums, DIRT confronts the lies that we tell ourselves and each other and asks
what it means to push forward for an ideal just to die anyway.
Narratively, it’s the most ambitious project they’ve ever done. Musically, though,
they’ve streamlined their sound, digging into both heavy and poppy influences like
Judas Priest, Killing Joke, and Jordan Knight and translating them into their own
unmistakable aesthetic. The live show is still a sensory overload of makeup and
costumes that falls somewhere between Boredoms and Kiss, but the focus now is on

their sound - the fullest, most killer version they’ve put on record yet. They think
big, but they’re not a thought experiment. They’re a force.
Similar to Sun Ra’s take on Afrofuturism, the band resist being pigeonholed into any
one idea, sound or cultural perspective. Instead, they burst their references apart,
creating something entirely new. No matter what direction they go in, it can only
come from Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. "
"... the trio produces agile and fuzz-laden psych jams that veer into deeply heady territories, including everything from prog and acid rock to funk and downbeat."
Venue Information:
488 Flat Shoals Ave
East Atlanta, GA, 30316