A trio of psychedelic pop/rock bands are set to perform at the Blue Grotto on Thursday — and for further listening, two of them will release new music the next day.
Possum came together in Toronto and released their debut EP Quick Damage in 2016. The four-piece plays psychedelic garage rock along the lines of Ty Segall, with whom they once shared a stage.
A new album, Space Grade Assembly, is due out on Friday, the day after the group performs in Kamloops.
The band has found influences in ‘60s and ‘70s psychedelic rock, but also uses visual elements to set the mood and enthrall audiences.
For now, the visual spectacle only goes with the band on local tours near Toronto, and its main hub is at a place the band calls The Oscillitarium.
“It’s a music recording facility and a creative visual space. When we do our full show setup, we have liquid light shows and video feedback projections,” said Patrick Lefler, bassist for Possum.
“It’s our home base hub and a safe space for creating and feeling comfortable,” he said.
Lefler said Possum set out to capture past thoughts and sounds, and one way it does that is by using older sound equipment, like tape machines, which are just one component of Possum’s brash garage psych sound.
“When anyone asks what we sound like, I usually just throw a bunch of words at them. Space, psych, prog, jam band … krautrock, endless beat,” he said.
Among the bands opening for Possum is Speak Easy, which formed in Kelowna in 2016 and is now based out of Victoria. They’ve played in Kamloops before and were featured on the locally curated compilation album Engine Noise, released in 2018.
The third member of the trio is Kamloops’ own Mother Sun, which also has an album out this summer.
Although the date isn’t set in stone, Mother Sun guitarist and vocalist Jared Doherty said he expects the album to come out in August.
Sunny Tuesday will be released on Friday. It’s a song Doherty characterized as a surreal take on society, dealing with things like wealth, consumerism, corruption and the toll that can take on a person’s psyche.
“I think lyrically, it’s a lot of literally psych rock — in that it explores a lot of psychological territory — more of an inward approach to self-betterment. I think that’s the theme of the album,” he said.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at The Blue Grotto, 319 Victoria St. Tickets are $10 at the door.