Black Moth Super Rainbow Cobra Juicy on LP
After an ultra-successful Kickstarter campaign over the summer, helped in part by friend Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric), Black Moth Super Rainbow is finally back with Cobra Juicy! The roller rink is cracked, Summer is seeping in. The lacquered floor boards are all warped, but the disco ball spins. Ladies and gentlemen, Black Moth Super Rainbow has left the woods, and the man called Tobacco lords over a gang of demon skaters from the DJ booth of some greased up auditorium in a lost corner of Pittsburgh.
The band's fifth LP, Cobra Juicy, declares death to hippies, excising all things flower power and tightening up what sprawl there was into a nastily bright pile of fuzzed guitar, live bass, hot synths and stubby rhythms, eleven pieces of hard candy licked, dipped in dirt, and wrapped up for you.
Opener "Windshield Smasher" lays down the difference with a hefty thud. The grinding electric guitar and smacking drumbeat play like de-glammed arena metal before the gooped-up electronics arrive. It's a more aggressively skewed pop, instantly followed by the drop-top drift of "Like a Sundae," whose melted melodies ride atop a sturdy bed of thickly Rick Rubinesque beat while Tobacco wickedly chants "I can hyptnotize you." Later, "Gangs in the Garden" spices '80s robo-pop with DFA dance for more beautifully upbeat violence.
There are quieter moments too, but Cobra Juicy lets them live in their own time. The aptly named "Dreamsicle Bomb" is glassy and gorgeous, its reverbed notes and shuffling drums eventually clarifying in a bassy breakdown. "Smash all the mailboxes and headlights," Tobacco whispers in a snakelike sibilance, while "Spraypaint" is surprisingly sweet, a love song Black Moth style.
In some ways, Cobra Juicy is the most personal BMSR record yet. In other ways, it kinda just wants you to get out there, strap on some wheels, sew a back-patch onto a denim vest, and start a Warriors-style gang tailored to whatever overheated dystopia you call home in 2012.
Black Moth Super Rainbow Cobra Juicy Track Listing:
1. Windshield Smasher
2. Like a Sundae
3. Hairspray Heart
4. Psychic Love Damage
5. We Burn
6. Gangs in the Garden
7. The Healing Power of Nothing
8. I Think I'm Evil
9. Dreamsicle Bomb
10. Blurring My Day