Spectrum/Sonic Boom For U.S. Tour


New album being
prepped for 2009 as well.

By Fred Mills


Sharp-eyed BLURT readers already glommed our recent interview with Pete “Sonic Boom” Kember in which the erstwhile Spacemen 3 guitarist held
forth on everything from his collaboration with Jim Dickinson to his current
activities with his band Spectrum to being on hand (and onstage) for the recent
My Bloody Valentine reunion. Now comes word of a “full” Spectrum ensemble
that’s returning to live performing after an eight year hiatus.



Since the demise of Spacemen 3 in the early ‘90s, Spectrum
has been the most high-profile and straightforward’ of the diverse projects
undertaken by Kember, who says that it satisfies his “more song orientated and
guitar based muse” continuing the hypnotic intensity and otherworldliness which
have become his music’s trademark and legacy. (Not that his other musical
endeavors, such As Experimental Audio Research, goes lacking in hypnotic
intensity or otherworldliness. Over the years he’s also collaborated with Gruff
Rhys, the Silver Apples, Kevin Shields, Stereolab , Eddie Prevost  , Delia
Derbyshire, Robin Guthrie, Dean Wareham and Yo La Tengo.)



A short tour of major US cities is planned for September,
after an appearance at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival taking place in
Monticello New York and curated by My Bloody Valentine.



The current line-up features  Kember, Rupert Bowkett
( guitar), Nolan Watkinson (bass guitar) and Roger Brogan (drums).
According to Kember it’s a “honed line up intertwined and hand picked to achieve
the music’s focused aim: Rare Flair, Purity, Competence and Individuality.”
They’ll be doing material from Kember’s entire back catalog, from Spacemen 3
through the Dickinson rec Indian Giver and employing his “three chords good,
two chords better, one chord  best” theory of sound sculpture. The live show
moves between a Krautrock/Stereolab style instrumental (a tribute to their late
member Mary Hansen) thru shimmering tracks including S3 classic “Transparent
Radiation” as well newer pieces lulling the audience into a trance-like state
before diving deeper down into the wah/feedback/fuzz of power-chord epics
such as “Suicide.” 




The next Spectrum album is due for release early 2009 in USA (on Detroit
based label Mind Expansion records and UK Space Age Recordings). According to
the label “the ethereal, intense, psychedelic sound of Spectrum is all but impossible
to put into words.  The performance is at once intense and sensitive. The
band manipulate their instruments into hypnotic, sensual and stimulating
rhythms & patterns.”



Well, all right then! Let’s hear it for manipulation and





Spectrum Tour Dates:



 Saturday 20th Sept – Zipper Factory, New York w/ Dean & Britta

 Sunday 21st September – All Tomorrow’s Parties,
NY State

 Monday 22nd September – The Dark Room, Chicago

Thursday 25th September – Midpoint Festival, Cincinatti

 Friday 26th September – East End , Portland

 Saturday 27th September – 12 Galaxies, ,San Francisco

 Sunday 28th September – The Echo ( Part
Time Punks) Los Angeles






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