Acid Mothers Temple @ Jericho Tavern – 16/11/11

I have no idea how anyone is meant to be able to review Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O, the Japanese psychedelic rock band that destroyed The Jericho Tavern last Wednesday night. The four piece led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto since 1995 played essentially non-stop for around 90 minutes at an insanely awesome volume, the type that gives the music a physical focus and force like waves of distortion washing over you.

Each member is clearly ridiculously talented, Shimura Koji has the amazing precision and power of any drum machine and locks into some intense grooves with seemingly no effort at all, and I don’t understand how anyone could stand still once he gets going.  Tsuyama Atsushi the bass half of Acid Mothers Temple’s rhythm section lays down some of the fastest and most impressive bass runs I’ve ever seen as well as some brilliant singing and chanting over the kaleidoscope of mind-boggling sound that the band are producing.

But the real star of the show is undoubtedly Kawabata Makoto whose guitar makes sounds that guitars shouldn’t be able to make, a mixture of feedback, volume and distortion leave me either grinning from ear to ear or with my jaw on the floor. I’m not one to take the Lord’s name in vain lightly but I’m pretty sure this is the closest to seeing Hendrix, as I’ll or anyone else in the room will ever come. It’s almost impossible to put into words just how insanely good Makoto is, I know it might be a bit cheesy but this man really can play guitar just like ringing a bell. This gig really was awesome in the true sense of the word, totally awe inspiring. In fact the first thing I did after the gig finished and I got outside was phone up a friend in Brighton and tell him he had to get to any date he could because this band are not to be missed.

Photo by Mike Christie