Admittedly, it’s no Smiths reunion, but for fans of fruit-striped psych, the news of Black Moth Super Rainbow’s reformation is cause for lighter sparking celebration. In typical Tobacco fashion there was no announcement, just “WE’RE BACK…Austin Psych Fest, Camp Bisco, and a Fall Tour to be announced.” No more necessary, save for the news that Graveface is reissuing the group’s 2007 classic, Dandelion Gum., complete with all sorts of special edition frills.
When I last spoke to the head moth, he seemed finished with the Rainbows — alienated from being the front man of a working touring band. Admittedly, in this case “front man” constitutes crouching in a corner of the stage, murmuring ghoulish vocals into a vocoder. On some afternoons, they are my favorite group.
To sweeten the reissue deal, Graveface is releasing 14 “extra flavor” tracks recorded around the same time as Dandelion. The first to see sunlight is “Old Yes,” which sounds like it should be played at the closing credits of a remake of the Neverending Story made by Satanists. Pop music sluiced through a filter of mellotron and slime (no Vado).
MP3: Black Moth Super Rainbow-“Forever Heavy”
MP3: Black Moth Super Rainbow-“Old Yes” (Below)