Thursday 22nd September, 8.00pm
Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (and subsequent offshoots) is a Japanese psychedelic band, the core of which formed in 1995.
Led by Kawabata Makoto, there are currently around 30 members, famous and unknown, musicians, artist, dancers, farmers etc. In order to follow and document their multifarious activities, in 1998 the Acid Mothers Temple family record label was set up. The Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. group is just one part of collective’s activities.
Over a decade ago Kawabata became involved with a commune of Japanese beatniks and hippies. The members of Acid Mothers Temple have several houses all over Japan, and each of us is free to come and go between these houses. So we’re not a commune in the sense that all of us live together in the same place. There are some members who like to travel, others who stay at home. Everyone is free to live in whatever way they like. Our slogan is “Do Whatever You Want, Don’t Do Whatever You Don’t Want!!”. As a result of this philosophy, we have lost money and the trust of society as a whole, but we’ve gained time and freedom. One of our members is a farmer, living together with his fields and rice paddies. There’s another member who has traveled through the Australian deserts and lived with Aborigines. There’s others who are bumming round India. One went to Africa and never came back. One dropped out of a yakuza gang and decided to travel around Japan searching for mermaids. But we all live according to our slogan, and we all eventually return to the fold.
Support from Derry based band Scenery. Scenery are a five piece soul, jazz and blues band from Derry, Northern Ireland. Despite only forming in late 2015, Scenery have been building a dedicated fan base with their energetic live shows and recently set up camp in Smalltown America Studios to record their debut offering.