The Reverberation Appreciation Society is proud to announce the release of the third LP from Christian Bland & The Revelators, entitled The Unseen Green Obscene, out Sept 22 (UK) / 23 (US) on vinyl, CD, digital download and a cassette co-release with Burger Records.
Check out a preview of the album below, stay tuned for the CB160 video! The presale for this record has started, purchase your copy in the ONLINE STORE.
â€œColors are light’s suffering and joy.â€ â€“ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
â€œHe would say that a sound was a color to him.â€ â€“ Rosemary Breen, describing her brother, Syd Barrett
The musical mind of Christian Bland seems to overflow with colors. The lyrics and even titles of his output with his primary project (the psychedelic mothership, The Black Angels) drip with kaleidoscopic imagery. â€œIndigo Meadowâ€, â€œBlack Greaseâ€, â€œYou In Color,â€ … â€œYellow Elevator #2â€. His side project, Christian Bland & The Revelators has followed a similar path, and has released a red album, 2010’s The Lost Album, and 2012’s Pig Boat Blues.
Unseen Green Obscene, records the third solo flight from Bland and his band, The Revelators. Like all his work, it’s richly detailed with references to Bland’s musical and artistic influences.
Revered touchstones Bo Diddley, Syd Barrett and Brian Wilson are honored here, each with their own track. The label that Bland co-founded with the other producers of Austin Psych Fest, â€œThe Reverberation Appreciation Societyâ€ gets it’s own theme song, complete with thunderous gong. His motorcycle gets a sendup too, in â€œCB160â€.
The thread that runs through all of Bland’s work – whether it’s his visual artwork, music with The Black Angels, and the myriad projects of The Reverberation Appreciation Society – Austin Psych Fest and it’s offshoots, the record label, and now an East Austin record store – is a timeless spirit of rock and roll, and in particular the psychedelic kind, circa 1968. He champions it. Lives and breathes it.
Whatever the make, model and serial number of the equipment he favors in the recording process, to Christian Bland this isn’t all nostalgia, it’s about the future. â€œTo me, it’s not really â€˜vintage’ rock â€˜n roll. Given the time humans have been on earth, it’s only 50-plus years ago â€“ that’s nothing in the span of human existence. It’s the best music and it needs to be preserved and pushed into the future and expanded upon.â€
And what will attentive listeners discover they see when they hear â€œThe Unseen Green Obsceneâ€? The past? The future? The answer will be colored by your own perceptions.
01 The Sun Is Fading Away
02 The Last Summer
03 The Same Road
04 Daughters Of The Son
05 Syd Barrett Blues
06 Gnostic Blues
07 Diddley Stomp
08 The Reverberation Appreciation Society
10 Brian Wilson
11 Guns For Guitars
12 Point Man Blues (AWOL)
13 Alone In Deer Park
Christian Bland and The Revelators are taking their Reverberation gospel to Europe in September:
13 SAT – Cartaxo, PT – Reverence Festival Valada
14 SUN – Madrid, ES – Moby Dick
15 MON – Barcelona, ES – Sidecar
16 TUE – Toulouse, FR – La Dynamo
17 WED – Paris, FR – Espace B
18 THU – Brussels, BE – Madame Moustache
19 FRI – Angers, FR – Levitation
20 SAT – Angers, FR – Levitation
22 MON – London, UK – Red Gallery
24 WED – Leicester, UK – The Musician
27 SAT – Liverpool, UK – Liverpool Psych Fest