THE GALLERY: Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Parasio UFO + The Mothers Earth Experiment @ Flapper & Firkin 30.09.16

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Parasio UFO @ Flapper & Firkin 30.09.16 / By Rob Hadley © Birmingham Review

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Words by Ed King / Pics by Rob Hadley

On Friday 30th September, Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Parasio came to Birmingham, shifting their previously Rainbow booked gig to the Flapper & Firkin.

Possibly due to ticket sales, possibly due to logistics, possibly due to the tech spec (including a harp and a Theremin) or possibly due to ‘playing at the rainbow’ being just too obvious, but Kawabata Makoto’s ‘soul collective’ took over the canal side city centre venue – playing in Birmingham as part of their 40 date Wake to a New Dawn of Another Astro Era Tour across Europe. A tour which previously took them to the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia… what could possibly go wrong (we’re going next year).

In support were local lucid dreaming luminaries, The Mothers Earth Experiment – a six piece psychedelic ensemble who have been enjoying a fairly festivaltastic summer of love this year. Rob Hadley, who has been professionally stalking The Mothers Earth Experiment since Lunar Festival, was there to catch the whole kaleidoscope of psychedelic/prog rock glory for THE GALLERY.

Bend your corneas round some samples below, or for the full Flickr of pics click here.

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Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Parasio UFO @ Flapper & Firkin 30.09.16

Acid Mother’s Temple formed in 1995, soon dropping the apostrophe and breeding more splinter bands than Motown in the 80’s (my personal favourite being Acid Mothers Temple & the Incredible Strange Band). But founding father and guitarist Kamabata Makoto says, ‘the future may see yet other groups bearing similar names. But each and all of them will be true manifestations of Acid Mothers Temple’ – as all roads lead to Strawberry Fields, with a six string Spiritualized approach being at the core of each incarnation.

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Parasio UFO @ Flapper & Firkin 30.09.16 / By Rob Hadley © Birmingham Review

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Parasio UFO @ Flapper & Firkin 30.09.16 / By Rob Hadley © Birmingham Review

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Parasio UFO @ Flapper & Firkin 30.09.16 / By Rob Hadley © Birmingham Review

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Parasio UFO @ Flapper & Firkin 30.09.16 / By Rob Hadley © Birmingham Review

For more on Acid Mothers Temple… visit www.acidmothers.com

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The Mothers Earth Experiment – supporting Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Parasio UFO @ Flapper & Firkin 30.09.16

The Mothers Earth Experiment are of a similar ilk but with (arguably) a touch more musical flair – layering and leads allowed, as opposed to the strict rabbit hole cacophony of their Japanese compatriots. Don’t Speak Against the Sun, The Mothers Earth Experiment’s debut EP – released in September 2015 – is a solid four track introduction to the band, with everything from jazz drum rolls to a piano instrumental (the glorious ‘Ether’).

The Mothers Earth Experiment – supporting Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Parasio UFO @ Flapper & Firkin 30.09.16 / By Rob Hadley © Birmingham Review

The Mothers Earth Experiment – supporting Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Parasio UFO @ Flapper & Firkin 30.09.16 / By Rob Hadley © Birmingham Review

The Mothers Earth Experiment – supporting Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Parasio UFO @ Flapper & Firkin 30.09.16 / By Rob Hadley © Birmingham Review

The Mothers Earth Experiment – supporting Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Parasio UFO @ Flapper & Firkin 30.09.16 / By Rob Hadley © Birmingham Review

For more on The Mothers Earth Experiment, visit www.facebook.com/themothersearthexperiment

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