Space, as we know, remains the place. By what grace is space the place for the human race, never to debase, efface or become displaced? Why, through guitar, synth and bass, interlaced with live remixed video sequences at a furious pace, and enough astrofuturistic jive to blow your face way outta this place. Are we all buckled in? Then let’s blast.
Don’t think of The Argo Arkestra, a superconglomerate of local heroes such as Chris Braiotta (Storytime at the Ape’s Nest, Planet of Adventure), Adam Brilla (Broken River Prophet), Bear Brown (Gun Mother, HO-AG), Brian Church (Tristan Da Cunha), Tyler Derryberry (Planet of Adventure, HO-AG), Noell Dorsey (Major Stars, Guillermo Sexo), and Ernie Kim (Tristan Da Cunha, Jernie, Malibu Gaze), as a band. Think of them as psychonautic pioneers on a mission, devoted to a singular cause: To recreate the sounds, senses, and subtleties that scored 1979’s cult cartoon, Star Blazers.
The brainchild of Hiroshi Miyagawa’s 1974 series Space Battleship Yamamoto, Star Blazers’ soundtrack has been lovingly and painstakingly recreated by The Argo Arkestra to a flurry of synth and guitar activity. It’s an intense dance party of battling synth and guitar, dipping in and out of different stratospheres, combining military march rhythms with fierce 8-bit fury that crescendos into atonal ecstasy. Basically, it’s fun, it’s got rhythm, and you can bop to it.
You can catch the intrepid explorers on Friday, Nov. 16th at the Lilypad in Inman Sq, joined by Eric Krauter, who’ll be putting together a live remix of the show Star Blazers for all you immersive, multimedia space freaks. The interplanetary experience begins at 10pm human earth time.
Before long, The Argo Arkestra will be back in the cosmos, so catch ‘em during their short stay on the ol’ blue marble. Transmission over.