Podcast 2022.05 Beyond: Psychedelia in Asia

When I started making maps of the playlists for each episode I noticed that it was fairly predictable which places would be represented in the playlist. Given the history of psychedelia and the fact that I live in the US, the anglosphere has always been well represented in the playlists for Turn Me On, Dead Man. The US, the UK, Canada and Australia have vibrant psychedelic scenes. So do many European countries, and in addition to that, I’ve had no trouble finding great garage rock and psychedelia from Latin America.

For this episode I made an effort to establish an entire playlist of bands from Asia, and in the process I discovered a lot of great music that I would have otherwise missed. In addition to the wealthier countries of the pacific rim, active scenes exist in Thailand, Indonesia, and India. When you look at the music map for this episode it makes a great arc of port cities on the oceans bordering Asia. The major exception is Solar Zero, who close out the playlist with a 17-minute jam. Solar Zero is based in Tyumen, Russia, a city east of the Ural Mountains, which historically has been considered the dividing line between Europe and Asia. Given the shit that’s happening in Ukraine right now I wanted to include these guys. I corresponded with them a little and they’re very cool. When I asked them about what’s next for them and they said “Don’t know. If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” I corresponded with them before the invasion of Ukraine which makes that answer all the more poignant.

00:19 Pale Blue Sound – Just Like a Dream
03:58 ZeitGeistS – Juvenile
08:00 The Dude of Stratosphear – Dharma Wheel
13:32 Hebi Katana – Running in My Vein
17:11 Spacedays – Lucy’s Space Garden
22:13 Solid Liqui – Combo Miss
25:19 Kinder Bloomen – Brainless The Third, On A Cloudy Mission
29:51 落差草原 WWWW / Prairie WWWW – 轉來 Tńg​-​Lâi
35:48 Candydrain – Temptations
39:27 Jash Jhaveri – They Might Have Killed Me Back In Egypt
42:30 Bardia Haddad – Chaos as the Storm Tears it into Shreds
50:52 Solar Zero – Transcontinental Bus


Pale Blue Sound – Just Like a Dream [from Pale Blue Sound, released February 10, 2022]

Pale Blue Sound are from Seoul

ZeitGeistS – Juvenile [from ZeitGeistS (EP), released October 13, 2021]

ZeitGeistS is a instrumental heavy psych/doom band from Bangkok, Thailand
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on ZeitGeistS (EP)?
ZeitGeistS: The strongest influence on ZeitGeistS (EP) would be the messages we communicate through our musics, which is from the Political oppressions and dictatorship (militarism and absolute monarchism). And we also had inspiration from democracy movement whom fight for liberty, equality and fraternity in my Land and everywhere;
Track 1: Shattered Dream is about abuses of dictatorship.
Track 2: Juvenile is about rise up of the youth in this generation.
Track 3: Ma Kyal Sin is about tragedy of Burmese girl who murdered from military because she lead protestors to liberate her homeland.
Track 4: Monarch’s Epitaph (Sleep) is about Thai evil king!
Track 5: Conceal & Obscure is about Circle of Tyrant.
TMODM: What Record Change your life ?
ZeitGeistS:
Kim (Bass) : King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
Aum (Guitar) : Pink Floyd – More (soundtrack)
Wasin (Keyboard) : Mahavishnu Orchestra – The Inner Mounting Flame
Thot (Drums) : Black Sabbath – Paranoid
TMODM: What’s next for you?
ZeitGeistS: We are working on new materials for full album which we expect to release by the end of this year.. stay tuned!!

The Dude of Stratosphear – Dharma Wheel [from Bardo Thodol (བར་དོ་ཐོས་གྲོལ), released December 23, 2021]

The Dude of Stratosphear is from จ.ตราด, Thailand–the southeastern province of Trat.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Bardo Thodol (བར་དོ་ཐོས་གྲོལ)? ?
TDOS: As an old school ambient fan, my influences are various.
This album is also a compilation of tracks made in the last months of 2021, so the sources and concept are various.
The idea of Bardo Thodol is to accept death in order to enjoy life in its fullness.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
TDOS: Oh man… so many! My dad was a dj in the 70s and vinyl collector, so I was raised with the classics: Hendricks, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin…
And my teens favorite Dead Kennedy’s 😉
TMODM: What’s next for you?
TDOS: Getting married to my wonderful partner and keep doing music to make people smile.

Hebi Katana – Running in My Vein [from Impermanence​-​無常, released February 25, 2022]

Hebi Ketana are from Tokyo and describe their music as “samurai doom.”
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Impermanence​-​無常?
HK: Temple shrine , holy smoke , rain in Tokyo , tree, forest ,soil
Black Sabbath and the Beatles in psychedelic way⚡️
TMODM: What record changed your life? (it would be interesting to hear from anyone who wants to answer this question)
HK:
-Appetite for destruction/ GNR
-Rocks / Aerosmith
-Led zeppelin / physical graffiti
-satori / flower taravelling band
-Revolver / Beatles
TMODM: What’s next for you?
HK: Release tour for this album.
Kicking off with March 11th and world wide tour TBA!

Spacedays – Lucy’s Space Garden [from Lucy, released February 4, 2022]

Spacedays are from Singapore

Solid Liqui – Combo Miss [from “Combo Miss & Miss Combo”, released June 1, 2021]

Solid Liqui is from Shanghai, and this release is on the Beijing-based Space Fruity Records.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on “Combo Miss & Miss Combo”?
SL: Miss Combo was produced firstly, then we have Combo miss. Miss Combo has influence from the 70/80’s new york no wave and partial jazz. Combo Miss is a kind of remix of Miss Combo with adding some new licks.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
SL:
孙处,Queen: A Night At the Opera, it is the starting point of my rock ‘n’ roll story.
张云,Radiohead: OK computer, This album vibrated my understanding of bands.
王怡,The libertines&the stones roses: the companionship of my young age.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
SL: Solid Liqui is planning on the second album now, and will be back soon.

Kinder Bloomen – Brainless The Third, On A Cloudy Mission [released July 3, 2021]

Kinder Bloomen is from Jakarta
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Brainless The Third, On A Cloudy Mission?
KB: The influence behind Brainless the Third, On a Cloudy Mission was Brainless the Second from Sopranos haha
Maybe not narratively, but the energy of the song maybe derived from there
The song itself was actually a recorded jam so every part and lyrics came on the spot and we decided that it was good enough to be released (we were never able to play the song exactly the same again live or even in practice haha)
TMODM: What record changed your life?
KB: Lots of records changed our lives because all of us happen to enjoy different music. Impactful music that may have come to our members would be King Gizzard, Kanye West, Nujabes, SNSD (from Korea), blink-182, the Doors, and many more. Each one of us draw from different inspirations now that we think of it
TMODM: What’s next for you?
KB: We are recording a bunch of new songs this year! In different EPs, working with different people and drawing up different sounds.

落差草原 WWWW / Prairie WWWW – 轉來 Tńg​-​Lâi [released December 31, 2021]

落差草原 WWWW / Prairie WWWW are from Taipei City, Taiwan
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on 轉來 Tńg​-​Lâi?
PWWWW: The ideas of the song Tńg-Lâi was inspired by our member Yizhi and Apple’s child, who born last year. It’s about the hope and expectation of the new born. The Taiwanese traditional folk music is also the main influences for us, which we really digging it for many years.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
PWWWW: Message Band – Message
Labor Exchange Band – The Night March of the Chrysanthemums
Portishead – Third
Radiohead – The King of Limbs
Swans – To Be Kind
Battles – Mirrored
and many more…
TMODM: What’s next for you?
PWWWW: We’re currently working on the new album at the moment, it will likely be based on the Taiwanese legends and the transformation of the folk music.

Candydrain – Temptations [released January 3, 2022]

Candydrain is based in Kolkata
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Temptations?
Candydrain: Jesus & Mary Chain had the strongest influence on Temptations
TMODM: What record changed your life?
Candydrain: Methodrone by Brian Jonestown Massacre changed my life!
TMODM: What’s next for you?
Candydrain: Working on the second EP and trying to get a band together.

Jash Jhaveri – They Might Have Killed Me Back In Egypt [from Electric Shaman Duties, released July 31, 2021]

Jash Jhaveri is from Mumbai
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Electric Shaman Duties?
JJ: I always have been influenced by guitarists like john frusciante and jimi hendrix, but my love for hiphop usually is more prominent in my music. For this album, I wanted to blend the two in order to create something that had to with my spiritual journey. The whole album is about how I woke up to my own spiritual ascension through interaction with a divine counterpart that helped me clear karma I had accumulated
TMODM: What record changed your life?
JJ: Man, a lot of music. Here’s an incomplete list of my biggest influences: lil Wayne, Kanye west, rhcp,Tyler the creator, Earl sweatshirt, snoop dogg, ice cube, jimi hendrix, pink floyd, kendrick Lamar, ab soul, Isaiah rashad, schoolboy q, asap Rocky, Travis Scott, can, radiohead, t-pain, jpeg mafia, Beyoncé , jayz, iamddb, sza, Nicki minaj, offset (from the migos)
I’m more of an album listener and I’ve listened to too many albums to pick one lol

Bardia Haddad – Chaos as the Storm Tears it into Shreds [from As the Remaining Shreds Quiver in the Afterthought of a Storm, released February 26, 2021]

Born in Swansea, Wales, Bardia Haddad grew up in Mashhad, Iran, and currently lives there.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on As the Remaining Shreds Quiver in the Afterthought of a Storm?
BH: I have to say really the biggest influence for the album and what started it was a pretty intense point in my life, a transition of some sort and I tried to use music and just sitting at my piano and improvising as an escape and then slowly the melodies started to develop and it just turned into the album.
It wasn’t really planned or anything the process was quite organic and just happened!
TMODM: What record changed your life?
BH: I can’t really pick like one record that changed my life to be honest. But I guess can name a few. For the atmospheric stuff I say Jahreszeiten by Nargaroth just blew me away with the way it captured each season’s feel in the songs.
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TMODM: What’s next for you?
BH: Well this isn’t my only musical project I have also a one man Black Metal project called VitaPhobia and right now I’ve been working on an album for almost 3 years by now. A lot of research for it’s concept and the songwriting is going be one of my more profound works yet.

Solar Zero – Transcontinental Bus [from Lobotomobile, released January 25, 2022]

Solar Zero is from the city of Tyumen in Siberia.
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Lobotomobile?
SZ: There are many bands who changed our life. First of all, of course pioneers of psychedelic music of 60’s, such as Love, Ten Years After, Strawberry alarm clock, Doors, Stooges (of course!), late albums of The Beatles etc. Also four first albums of Black Sabbath. Last time we got a heavy inspiration with krautrock from all over the world and all times (from late sixties till now). Also I’m a huge fan of Sleep and Electric Wizard. And if about local bands… Here is the only one who changed my life – “Grazhdanskaya Oborona” (Civil defense in English) with Egor Letov. Great band, great man.
TMODM: What record changed your life?
SZ: Of course “Adios amigos!” by Ramones when I was 15 or so). It was like a breath of fresh air and stimulates me to get my first band.
TMODM: What’s next for you?
SZ: Don’t know. If you want to make god laugh, tell him about your plans. It’s really great to do interesting deals everyday and, of course, making music. A year ago we built our own studio with big and loud vintage amplifiers and it’s cool to spend time there. 

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