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Charting the Music: Black Moth Super Rainbow, 'Cobra Juicy'

Charting the Music: Black Moth Super Rainbow, 'Cobra Juicy' facebook.com/BlackMothSuperRainbow
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Venomous, yet succulent, "Cobra Juicy" provides the pulse needed to energize the colossal Black Moth Super Rainbow by means of digitized vocals and hypnotic instrumentation.

Black Moth Super Rainbow flutters forward with its fifth creation. While keeping the same uncanny formula as the band's previous efforts, "Cobra Juicy" is still packed with original sounds.

88.1 KDHX Chart Position: #1 Electronic and #16 CMJ 30 for the week of November 13, 2012.

Record label, release date and producer: Rad Cult Records released Black Moth Super Rainbow's "Cobra Juicy" on October 23, 2012; the album was produced by BMSR's Thomas Fec, aka Tobacco.

Can be heard on: Afternoon Delight with Jeff Hess, the Mixtape with Jason Robinson and Juxtaposition with Rob Levy.

RIYL: The Books, Animal Collective and Boards of Canada.

Hometown: Pittsburg, Penn.

Standout tracks: The introductory track and single "Windshield Smasher" delivers an eerie chill down your spine, administered by cyborg beats and robotic vocals. "Like a Sundae" is a true sonic dessert. "Dreamsicle Bomb" should be appreciated in the presence of your better half, welcoming the infectious grooves in order to create anarchy together.

About the artist: What was once known as Allegheny White Fish, then Satanstompingcaterpillars, became Black Moth Super Rainbow. The band self-released its first album,m "Falling Through a Field," under the new name in 2003. Now, with five albums and a handful of EPs under the moniker, BMSR's lineup includes Tobacco, the Seven Fields of Sphelion, Iffernaut, Ryan Graveface and Bullsmear. Little is known about their personal lives.

Album art: Black Moth Super Rainbow never disappoints when it comes to strange album art. "Cobra Juicy" is branded with a fruit monster hybrid in front of a plain white background for the cover. BMSR's Tobacco is the designer of this monstrosity.

Did you know?: Black Moth Super Rainbow used the site Kickstarter to help fund "Cobra Juicy." The band requested a goal of $45,000, but surpassed that and received approximately $125,000. Over 2,000 people donated to the cause.

Play it while: Hallucinating.

What the critics say: "So while 'Cobra Juicy,' the band's first album since 2009's slightly more subdued 'Eating Us,' carries on riding the same lush, echo-drenched grooves that helped define the band's greatest moments, there is a bit more of a bite this time out, as the band is unafraid to add in some harsher guitars this time round." Evan Sawdey, PopMatters.

KDHX coverage: Kenji Yoshinobu reviewed the Black Moth Super Rainbow concert at Off Broadway. Kenny Hofmeister reviewed BMSR's 2009 release "Eating Us."

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