Black Moth Super Rainbow: Record Labels "Don't Have the Balls to Talk to Us Now"
Artwork by Dan Park
Sexy kittens and Mad Men characters, you had your fun this weekend at the family-friendly Halloween parties.
This time, it will be real-deal eyeballs and guts all over when Tom Fec and his gang of creepy ghouls explode your brains and mangle your intestines.
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Even though Black Moth Super Rainbow hasn't visited Miami since 2009 (before their hiatus as a band), these freaks have got a pretty good handle on how things work in the subtropics.
"What I remember of Miami," Fec says, "is that we pulled in and a homeless guy came up to the tour van. He goes, 'There are these guys here' -- and there was no one else around -- 'and if you pay me fifteen dollars, I'll protect the van from them for the night.' We didn't really have an option. So we paid him, because we got what was going on."
But the band's situation is a bit different now than it was three years ago. The band went from being unable to get a record deal to raising over $125,000 with a gleefully whacked-out Kickstarter campaign.
"I had no expectations," Fec remembers of deciding to go with Kickstarter. "At that point, I had been turned down and rejected by every single label that I had gone through. Everyone was telling me that I was un-signable or no good. After people were telling me that for so long, I started to believe it. Like, 'Fuck! I guess they're probably right.' But Kickstarter proved to me why labels are in the shape they're in right now."
You'd think labels would now be groveling at Fec's freaky feet for a chance to sign a band with that much diehard fan support. But they haven't, not even the labels that Fec says told him, "This is your best album, but we can't sign you."
"They wouldn't have the balls to talk to me now. They know who they are."
And Cobra Juicy may very well be BMSR's best album and certainly their most accessible. But when Fec started work on it, he didn't know what shape it would take.
"Always, but especially for this album, I've always kind of treated everything as an experiment. I used to make one weird sound on a synth and just build layers on layers until there were all these sounds and then I'd work with that until I had a song.
"But there's guitar on this album. I haven't had an electric guitar since I was in high school. I just started writing riffs and stuff, which is totally new for me. And basing it off of chords.
"And that's another thing," Fec points out. "Before, 99 percent of everything was monophonic. Everything was made with single notes. Where this album is a lot different is that it's really based on chords. That really doesn't seem like much. But for someone like me who doesn't understand chords, it really is."
Black Moth Super Rainbow. Tuesday, October 30. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. Tickets are $10 and available at SweatShopMiami.com. For more information, call The Stage at 305-576-9577 or go to facebook.com/thestagemiami.
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