The Telescopes, LSD & the Search For God, Nest Egg, Flavor Crystals, The Cult of Lip

MINNEPSYCH 2018 - 5 bands on 2 stages

The Telescopes

LSD & the Search For God

Nest Egg

Flavor Crystals

The Cult of Lip

Thu · May 3, 2018

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 8:45 pm

$10.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

The Telescopes
The Telescopes
Founded in 1987 by Stephen Lawrie. The Telescopes have been mining a unique anti-myopian seam of highly influential experimental, drone, noise, dream & psych for over 20 years.

Their first record was a split flex-disc with Loop on Cheree Records. After a further two critically acclaimed singles for the label, they moved to What Goes On Records, where they released another two EPs and their debut album “Taste”. All of which found their way to the top of the UK independent charts, gathering ‘single of the week’ / ‘album of the month’ status in all of the British music papers of the time.

Tours followed with Spacemen 3, Primal Scream and The Jesus and Mary Chain. And it wasn’t long before The Telescopes were headliners themselves. Bark Psychosis, Whipping Boy, Slowdive, Bleach, The Cranesand Ride all played some of their earlier shows supporting them. In 1990 the group appeared at one of the UK’s biggest festivals of the time, The Reading Festival. They were one of the few bands that weren’t bottled off the stage at the event. However, the increasing violent interactions with audiences at their shows saw the group step away from their noise origins and head towards a more introspective psychedelic sound. It was around this time that What Goes On folded and Alan McGee stepped in to release the group’s material from the hands of official receivership.

One of the more interesting bands that were signed to Creation Records. The group released their second album and a string of EPs for the label. Working with Douglas Hart (The Jesus and Mary Chain) on their videos, visual artist Paul Cannel on their sleeve work and Laika’s Guy Fixsen in the studio. The final EP for the label registered in the UK mainstream top 80 after being hit listed on BBC Radio 1 by Mark Goodyear. The group were also favoured by John Peel and recorded two BBC Radio 1 sessions for him. Marc Riley and Mark Radcliffe also had them in the studio for a session around the time of their 2nd album and MTV ran features. The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis described The Telescopes as having “an almost fragile sense of elegance and melody”.

Then in 1992 the group underwent an eight year hiatus, resuming output in the year 2000 with a revolving line up. A stream of releases followed on labels such as Double Agent (USA), Trensmat (Ireland), Champion Version (UK), Antenna (UK), Norman Records (UK), Static Charge (UK), Mind Expansion (USA), Fourier Transform (UK), Textile Records (France), Dream Machine Records (UK) and Hungry Audio (UK). Most physical copies selling out in advance.

“The Telescopes have resurfaced and I am amazed and glad they are still practicing their mysterious art” (John Peel)
LSD & the Search For God
LSD & the Search For God
LSD and the Search for God hit the Northern California coast in 2005––seemingly from another place and time––dosing audiences with hypnotic performances built upon swirling guitars, otherworldly drones, fuzzed-out pop melodies, and dreamy male/female vocal harmonies. As reviews of shows drew comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Yo La Tengo, Spacemen 3, and Sonic Youth, the band quickly developed a must-see reputation within San Francisco’s underground psychedelic music community.

LSD's self-titled debut EP (Mind Expansion Records, 2007) sold out from the record label and its distributors prior to the official release date. It earned critical acclaim and frequently appears on lists of essential shoegaze releases. The EP was twice reissued on vinyl (Deep Space Recordings, 2008, 2015) and twice on cassette (Cellar Door Tapes, 2015). Songs from the EP 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).

In 2006 legendary Creation Records band The Telescopes invited LSD to joins as they embarked on their first-ever U.S. tour. This tour was the beginning of multiple U.S. tours and a Paris show with both bands over the years, with Andy Liszt and Chris Fifield performing as members of both LSD and The Telescopes each night. This collaboration led to two Telescopes recording projects in Los Angeles and resulted in two records: the acclaimed EP, Harm (Neon Sigh 2014), and a 7” single, Thrown (Genjing Records 2015).

LSD remained busy over the next few years writing, recording, and performing around the U.S. and Canada. Highlights include gigs with Lilys, a tour with Martin Rev (Suicide), two tours with Sonic Boom (of Spacemen 3), and performances at Levitation--Austin Psych Fest (2013), Bathysphere (2013) with A Place To Bury Strangers, and SoCal's Desert Stars (2008 and 2014), first with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and then with The Dandy Warhols.

In 2016 LSD released Heaven Is a Place (Deep Space Records), which captured a snapshot in time soon after the addition of Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre) on drums. Like the previous EP, Heaven garnered critical acclaim and showed up on Best Of lists, with Pop Matters calling it, "a long-awaited sermon for the faithful and a blazing induction for new converts." The vinyl version has since sold out and is scheduled for re-press in summer of 2017 (Deep Space Recordings).

In 2016 supporting their new release LSD toured the U.S. West Coast, Canada, and twice in Europe, including performances at Manchester's Cosmosis Festival (w/ The Jesus and Mary Chain), Portugal's Reverence Valada (w/ The Damned, The Oh Sees, and Silver Apples), Calgary's Garbage Daze, and California's Desert Daze (w/ Brian Jonestown Massacre).

2017 plans for the band include U.S. and Canadian shows before heading back into the recording studio later in the year.

--Mind Expansion / Deep Space Recordings

Alternative Antidotal Bio:
LSD and the Search for God have become a cult band in their own right. Their sound weaves heavily around the shoegaze genre with both front-man Andy Liszt and guitarist, Chris Fifield congregating about 50 effects pedals between them, this positioned the duo as both elegant dancers as well as musicians - it was a real multi-discipline art.

As LSD and the Search for God took to the stage, faces curiously gazed upwards as the mass of effects pedals and musical equipment was packed tightly onto a stage that held five of the members of the group. Swirling jitters began to emerge from Fifield’s amplifier before the group came crashing in behind it, hurtling through tracks from the new EP. Songs such as ‘(I Don’t Think We Should) Take It Slow’ demonstrated their accuracy in finding the groove and the ease as to which LSD could capture the crowd’s imagination and attention. Bodies swayed in time with the gentle, fuzzy washes that wrapped their loving arms around you, it was a hazy red wine moment that was ultimately so immersive it had the potential to transport you to other realms.

The set bended and warped through psychedelic bliss, fuzzy wah effects shaked and vibrated the volume and sound of the guitars, every movement, tap and shimmy on-stage was essential, demonstrating the exceptionally careful musicianship of the duo. Songs such as ‘Starting Over’ evidenced the sensitive, delicate approach that LSD can often take.

Crazed and incensed punters at the front of the crowd dictated spaces to writhe themselves around in, one chap took to taking his top off, letting his spilling gut loose and continuing to throw his head towards the monitor, just incase it was not loud enough. It’s characters like this that make gigs so exciting, he personified the cultish appeal that LSD have and put some real endearment into the show.

LSD and the Search for God came about and then instantly descended into obscurity allowing them to be every hipster’s hard-on. What they proved tonight though was their utter worth and credit to the shoegaze genre, they add their own, distinct flavour on a genre that can often be so overwhelmed with try-hards. After meeting them as a group afterwards, a perfect way to summarise is to mirror the words of Liszt and yell, “Right on, LSD!”

Tom Churchill, Brighton's Finest

Videos
"Heaven" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEiNsD0iIQc
"(I Don't Think That We Should) Take It Slow" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeBFncQfXKk
Recent press:
-Featured on KQED Arts and in a Bay Bridged mixtape of the "Bay Area’s best up-and-coming psychedelic artists," Mixtape: San Francisco's Psychedelic Sounds.
https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2017/04/30/mixtape-san-franciscos-modern-psychedelic-sounds/

-Bandcamp Daily featured us in "Ten Modern Shoegaze Bands: A Primer"
https://daily.bandcamp.com/2017/05/26/modern-shoegaze-bands-list/amp/

Selected Press and Articles
http://www.tinymixtapes.com/delorean/lsd-and-search-god-ep

http://bigtakeover.com/interviews/lsd-and-the-search-for-god-continues

"The San Franciscans’ washed-out guitarscapes and affectionate, blanket-warm melodies resemble My Bloody Valentine jamming with Yo La Tengo."
--The Big Takeover
 
"It was a night of exceptional intrigue and quite literally, an other-worldly performance. The set bended and warped through psychedelic bliss. Crazed and incensed punters at the front of the crowd dictated spaces to writhe themselves around in, one chap took to taking his top off, letting his spilling gut loose and continuing to throw his head towards the monitor, just incase it was not loud enough."
--Brighton's Finest

"Heaven Is a Place is a long-awaited sermon for the faithful, and a blazing induction for new converts." 
--Pop Matters, "10 Best Shoegaze and Dream Pop Albums of 2016"

"Magical pop...that could inspire one to take meds without a perscription." 
--Autopia Music

"Dreamy indie-warp..." 
--San Francisco Chronicle, "Pop Beat"

"Awesome indie psych/shoegaze. A poppier My Bloody Valentine or a more opiated Sonic Youth." 
--Robotic Empire (Richmond, VA)

"LSD and the Search for God are the rightful inheritors of the more coherent side of My Bloody Valentine and the more experimental, noisy side of Luna." 
--Real Detroit Weekly

"An absolute treat for lovers of all things shoegazey and dreamy. Superb." 
--Road Records. Dublin, Ireland

"Psychedelic shoegazers..." 
--SF Weekly

"Beautiful guitar-based gems delightfully reminiscent of the early Creation Records sound." 
--Mind Expansion Records

"This impressive debut EP sounds just as epic as their name." 
--The Deli Magazine, "CD of the Month"

"A full-on shoegazer assault of crazed guitar sounds coupled with ethereal male/female vocals. It's an excellent remedy for those who still miss Ride, MBV, Chapterhouse...." 
--Losing Today

"If you dig Spacemen 3 or the Telescopes, you will definitely dig LSD and the Search for God." 
--San Francisco Chronicle, "Bandwidth"

"Blissed-out indie rock (think Lost in Translation soundtrack)..." 
--Splendora

"LSD and the Search for God live up to their name with psychedelic rock reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine and Spaceman 3." 
--Flavorpill

"Heaven" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEiNsD0iIQc
"(I Don't Think That We Should) Take It Slow" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeBFncQfXKk

New EP Reviews
"Heaven Is A Place has been touted by more than one best of the year lists for shoegaze and dream pop. Deservedly so, what more do you want from a band who brought back both psych and shoe gaze?"
--The Deli Magazine


"Heaven Is a Place is a long-awaited sermon for the faithful, and a blazing induction for new converts."
--Pop Matters, "10 Best Shoegaze and Dream Pop Albums of 2016"

"This time round it’s a swoony blend of stadium psych and shoegaze, with hooky guy/girl vocals and loads of depth."
 --Sounds Better With Reverb

"Shit, it hits hard. They dose us up again and again with their reverb-soaked noise."
--Fade Away Radiate

"And these sounds, these rising guitars, these shoegazing loops, these celestial female vocals floating around, it’s ecstasy indeed."
--Ask the Sky Mag

"The entire EP is laced with a hint of haze that grabs you and leads you on a dream-drenched journey. Vocals are reverbed out, the rhythm section is driving and stupefying, and the melody is illusory. It takes the biggest and most romantic facets of shoegaze music and brings them to 2016, with some indie and rock n' roll sensibilities."
--The Bay Bridged

"The last time I heard a new shoegaze or “nugaze” release I enjoyed this much it was the debut of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart."
--Echoes and Dust

Selected Recent Shows
2017 
Headlining The Chapel July 16
Headline show at The Echoplex, Los Angeles (w/ Asteroid #4 and Nightmare Air), 
Main support for Luna at The Chapel, San Francisco (sold out).
2016
Feb-March Europe tour, including Cosmosis Festival (Manchester, UK) w/ Jesus and Mary Chain, The Raveonettes, Wire, Brian Jonestown Massacre, etc.
Canada and U.S. tour in June.
Headlined February Record Release shows in SF (Brick and Mortar) and LA (The Echo).
Portugal's Reverence Valada festival in September w/ The Damned, Sisters of Mercy, Killing Joke, A Place to Bury Strangers, etc.
Desert Daze Festival w/ Television, BJM, Black Angels
Autumn and winter headline shows in SF at Milk Bar (w/ Montreal's Elephant Stone) and Rickshaw Stop (w/ Asteroid #4)
2015
Headlined three SF Festivals (SF Popfest, Dreamgaze SF and Gathering of the Tribes). 
Oakland Echo Fest (w/ Martin Rev of Suicide, Morgan Delt, True Widow, Lumarians).
2013-14 
LEVITATION--Austin (Austin Psych Fest)
Desert Stars Festival (w/ Dandy Warhols). 
Headlined Canada tour. 
Two U.S. tours. 
U.S. shows with A Place to Bury Strangers, Dead Skeletons, Dead Meadow, The Warlocks, Medicine, The Telescopes, Mark Gardener (Ride), Night Beats, Cosmonauts, Froth, and more.
Nest Egg
Nest Egg
Flavor Crystals
Flavor Crystals
Psychedelic shoegaze band from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Cult of Lip
Venue Information:
James Ballentine VFW
2916 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55408
http://www.uptownvfw.com/