Alabaster Tongue and Fire Museum present the very first Philly appearance of Massachusetts psych-folk/space-rock cult hero Bobb Trimble. This is not to be missed!
**Bobb will be selling his not-yet-officially-released "lost 3rd album" from 1984, 'The Crippled Dog Band' -- out "for real" in July on Yoga Records**
Thursday, June 16
FREE!, $5-$10 donation strongly suggested
Doors at 8pm
- BOBB TRIMBLE'S FLYING SPIDERS
(Mass. Psych-Folk legend on Yoga Records & Secretly Canadian)http://www.myspace.com/bobb.trimblehttp://www.facebook.com/BobbTrimble
- BROTHER JT
- KUSCHTY RYE ERGOT
(mem. of Kohoutek)http://www.myspace.com/kuschtyryeergot
Born ten years too late to attract the attention he deserved, Bobb Trimble
created an utterly unique body of work that merged psychedelia, folk-rock, space music and sound effects into rock’s most convincing depiction of a disturbed mind. As with most tortured artistic souls, Bobb’s distinct vision is filled with much more than just fear and self-loathing. It drips with beauty and heartbreak, and his high, fragile voice bleeds with passion. The music evokes the sixties yet sounded contemporary when released in the eighties and again when re-released in the nineties. Bobb’s two impossibly rare albums change hands for ungodly sums of money, and for years his reputation grew among collectors as his music was heard via tape trades (often on unlabeled tapes, which led to one male collector falling in love with the beautiful voice only to be informed that the singer was actually a man.) In the mid-90s, Bobb’s music was finally made widely available when the bulk of the two albums were released on CD as Jupiter Transmission. Die-hard fans of psychedelia rate Bobb’s music as the finest in the genre from the 80s.
Most of Bobb’s public performances came in the very early 80s, around the time his two albums were released. Though his musical style differed from the punk rock bands in the “Wormtown” (Worcester, MA) scene, his oddball loner status made him fit in quite well with his musical peers. Wormtown is credited with inspiring him to release his first album, Iron Curtain Innocence, in 1981. Soon after, Bobb, a man of many phases, decided that “the children are the future” and formed the punky garage band Bobb & The Kidds with a group of pre-teens. Doomed to failure due to protective and suspicious parents, the Kidds recorded only one brief song, 'Oh Baby,' which appeared on Bobb’s second album, Harvest of Dreams. Compromising his vision slightly, Bobb recruited a 15-year-old rhythm section and formed the short-lived Crippled Dog Band. A Crippled Dog Band concert appears on side two of the compilation Life Beyond The Doghouse (side one of which documents Bobb’s even briefer Jesus-freak phase.) The Crippled Dog Band’s shining public moment came at a 1983 Worcester rock festival, when Bobb came on stage decked out in a top hat, green satin coat, bunny ears and bunny tail.
Bobb's two solo album were reissued in late 2007, and he returned to the stage the following spring for a joint reunion venture as part of "The Prefab Messiahs with Bobb Trimble". At the end of the set, Bobb proclaimed "Thanks -- we're the Flying Spiders". It was the first time anyone had heard the name (including the band members!), but it has stuck to this day.
Since then, there have been a handful of New England and New York shows, sharing bills with fans like Ariel Pink, Kurt Vile, and Gary War -- and appearing on the Arthur Magazine/Ecstatic Yod "No More Bush Tour".