Acid Mothers Temple w. Tjutjuna | Gabe’s | May 1 | $12-14 | 19+
Acid Mothers Temple (AMT) started in 1997. Founder and guitarist Kawabata Makoto organized some jams with local musicians that were interested in composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, progressive rock and krautrock (read: Can, Faust, Tangerine Dream). Liking what came out, they dubbed themselves Acid Mother’s Temple and released an album. By 1998, the apostrophe was dropped and the Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. came into existence.
While they have changed names and members over the years, two things have remained constant about Acid Mothers Temple: Makoto’s presence and their sound.
To start, they still sound like the confluence of those initial influences. Acid Mothers Temple has the space emphasis of progressive rock and experimentation of Stockhausen, but have rooted both of these abstract sounds in the repetition of krautrock. Throughout their career, AMT has the ability to effortlessly take on many different musical styles and add them to this signature mixture.
In one song, the band can go from heavy experimental noise to swirling psychedelic rock to acoustic droning without seeming pretentious or showing off. This is a great talent as showing off is a problem that plagues many psych and jam bands; anyone who has seen either can speak to this.
Furthermore, their live show is engaging and worth seeing. I saw it during Mission Creek four years ago, and it is still one of the best shows that I’ve seen while living in Iowa City—and I’ve seen a show or two.
Acid Mothers Temple will perform alongside Tjutjuna at Gabe’s on May 1. Day-of tickets are $14, though advanced ticket sales are currently taking place for $12.