LSD and The Search For God w/ Be Forest and The Stargazer Lilies
March 29 @ 9:00 pm$12
Starline Social Club Presents:
LSD and The Search For God
+ Be Forest & The Stargazer Lilies
$12 Advance/ $15 at the Door
LSD and the Search for God hit the Northern California coast in 2005––seemingly from another place and time––dosing San Francisco with hypnotic shows built upon swirling guitars, otherworldly drones, fuzzed-out pop melodies, and dreamy vocal harmonies. With reviews of early shows and recordings drawing comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Yo La Tengo, Spacemen 3, and Sonic Youth, the band quickly developed a must-see reputation within the underground psychedelic music scene. When LSD finally released their self-titled debut EP (Mind Expansion Records, 2007) it sold out from the record label prior to the official release date. It earned critical acclaim and continues to frequently appear on lists of essential shoegaze releases. The EP was twice reissued on vinyl (Deep Space Recordings, 2008, 2015), twice on cassette (Cellar Door Tapes, 2015), and selected tracks were featured on three compilations: Mind Expansion Vol. 1, M.E. Vol. 2, and Australian nugazer compilation Take Me on the Wildest Spree (Rubber Records/EMI, 2008). LSD’s most recent release, Heaven Is a Place (Space Age Recordings, 2016), captures a snapshot in time soon after Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre) temporarily joined the band on drums. Like the self-titled EP, it garnered critical acclaim and frequented many Best Of lists. Pop Matters calls it, “a long-awaited sermon for the faithful and a blazing induction for new converts,” while Primal Music says it’s “another astonishing collection of five psychedelic stories glistening with the same spaced out ingredients that blew my mind way back in 2007.” LSD’s time and space travels have led them all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including tours with Martin Rev (Suicide), Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), and The Telescopes, as well as appearances at Levitation–Austin Psych Fest, SoCal’s Desert Daze, Manchester’s Cosmosis Festival (with The Jesus and Mary Chain), Bathysphere (with A Place To Bury Strangers), twice at Desert Stars (first with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, then The Dandy Warhols), Calgary’s Garbage Daze, and Portugal’s Reverence Valada (with The Damned, The Oh Sees, and Silver Apples). A new record is currently in the works.
Along Italy’s Adriatic coast in the sleepy little town of Pesaro saw an upspring of underground audio arts within the past decade. Enter the ethereal shoegaze artisans Be Forest, comprised of Costanza Delle Rose, Erica Terenzi and Nicola Lampredi, who have garnered international acclaim by working with a creative aesthetic that mixed the maudlin with an earthy tenebrous timbre that alluded to unknown worlds of mystery and wonder. Fostering a local scene of contemporaries from Brothers in Law, Altro, Soviet Soviet and more, Be Forest established an influential and organic form of artistry that sought to transcend existing genre trends to create an aesthetic all their own. Joining forces with the prestigious Italian American imprint We Were Never Being Boring (aka WWNBB Collective), Be Forest would release their debut album offering Cold in 2011, that introduced the world to the group’s mystical mode of musical bewilderment. Like a walk through a misty wooded European passageway, Be Forest illuminated their listener’s senses in ways that their goth and post-punk predecessors could never achieve. The band expounded upon their brand of melancholia with the 2012 single “Hanged Man” b/w “I.O.,” which carried their listeners to clandestine thickets, beyond the briar and brush of haunted groves. A few years later, Be Forest created their most transcendental record to date, with the ambitious pagan ritual styles of Earthbeat. From singles like the woodwind sporting spirited dance motions of “Captured Heart” to the sky-sailing mesmerization of “Colours,” Earthbeat exemplified the eclectic and expansive nature of a group that worked with arts that oscillate between the material realm and the pull towards the unknown. 2016 brought the single “Glow,” where the group would engineer aspects and notions of auras into bonafide pop ore. All of which brings us to Knocturne, a tour de force that dives deep into the elusive trenches and dimensions of limitless night. Be Forest responds to the sentiments of today’s times of tyranny, sadness and confusion with an evocative album that retreats toward imaginative universes of infinite midnight feels. From the grand curtain rising of “Atto I” to the fantasia free-fall finale of “You, Nothing,” the trio takes the listener upward to solemn, celestial places of endless sky as well as plunging them into the abyss depths of infinitude that defy conventional adjectives and descriptions.