Dancing in front of The Myrrors

t is the beginning of the very last set in what has so far been a glorious night at Solar Culture Gallery, led by Tucson indie guitar pop legends La Cerca and headlined by the progressive synth rock wizardry of Seattle’s Midday Veil. The last set is when a crowd often begins to thin at late night weekday shows like this one. This crowd, however, does not budge. The buzz of anticipation is in the air as the crowd makes way for The Myrrors. Clad in fringe and feathers and fantastic hats, they take the stage like a troupe of wandering hippie pied piper troubadours, armed with a gorgeous and varied assortment of esoteric instruments and a well defined air of mystery.On a screen behind the band, a carefully choreographed light show of colored water on an overhead projector sets the mood as if we’ve all happened on some underground Ken Kesey freakout party from the late 60’s and our minds are about to be blown.Even with the stage set thusly, as the hush descends over the crowd, the sound that comes out of the monitors is like a shock to the system, exotic, intense and resounding. The vocals are chanted, haunting mantras initiating us into a shared and sacred space. Primitive, tribal rhythms yield to epic prog rock crescendos and fade to a gentle heartbeat. Layer upon layer of delicate, harmonic sonic convergence on strings, bass, and interwoven guitars evokes both Middle Eastern and Indian motifs with just a hint of creosote and desert dust. And in the center of it all, a tall, commanding, slightly shadowy figure holds court on psychedelic amplified viola like a crazed shaman presiding over the ceremony.The entire set is trance like and otherworldly and the audience moves in time, almost in unison. The light and colored water show grows even weirder and more nuanced as the band embarks on journeys to uncharted sonic landscapes over whispered incantations. It seems as if nothing can break this spell.And then…reality sets back in as one of the show promoters heads to the stage to tell the band that time is running short. There’s only time left for last jam, but The Myrrors make it count, transporting us all for a few last minutes into a weirdly beautiful psychedelic landscape before sending us out into to the warm Downtown Tucson night.The Myrrors are Nik Rayne (Vocals/Guitar,) Conor Gallaher (Guitar,) Grant Beyschau (Drums, Percussion,) Kellen Fortier (Bass,) Miguel Urbina (Viola.) The band will be touring Europe beginning in October 2015 in support of their latest release Arena Negra, available from Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records

Copyright 205, Julie Jennings Patterson

Reprinted (with permission) from www.thetucsonedge.com