You can find me on a warm summer’s day, lounging back under my favorite tree in my favorite park with my favorite cocktail in hand soulfully absorbing the sounds of At the Drive In.
A thoughtfully formulated instrumentally driven jam session as only could be concocted by 2/3 of the masterminds that also comprise the Mars Volta. Their eclectic mash-up of creative time signatures formulate an intelligent melodic design which was first introduced to us in the midst of the 90’s outpouring that was hardcore had dominated the airwaves.
ATDI possessed both that fervor and the intensity whilst intricately assembling an additional element. They were rhythmically and experimentally driven by a familiar yet distinct design made popular by their predecessors – the psychedelic experience reminiscent of our good friends Pink Floyd.
Categorized as progressive rock and post-hardcore musical leaders, ATDI returned after an 11 year hiatus to perform their signature raw live show for the 2012 Coachella sold out crowd. Their live shows have an intensity that the band claims, the albums have yet to effectively portray, and reportedly that is one of several reasons why they went on an “indefinite hiatus” back in 2001.
The Coachella show went off without a hitch and the band’s live show reunion inspired the circulation of an influx of rumors surrounding a new album and the possibility of a tour. Although, those claims have been denied by the band members themselves, we the people revel in the possibility of such romantic gestures of grandeur.
ATDI has had its way with the little punk inside of all of us that have given them the slightest chance. Now be fruitful little punk, and multiply.
“If dreaming in Technicolor looked like this, I beg of you, please please, don’t wake me up”! Quote: Me. The psychopsilocybin-esque Technicolor discharges expelled by the ever so talented, Jen Stark, created quite a sense of ecstasy for me a few years back. Only now can I finally find the words to justly describe her work. She is an artist who takes her vision and makes it, quite literally, as radiant, bountiful and tangible as possible for the admirer. Her sculptures crawl out of our walls (and computer screens) and into our hearts, when privy. Once witnessed, one can only imagine feeling an equivalent level of fervor and intensity as Ms. Stark when first created. Her high-def sculptures tend to weave together exceptionally intricate well-placed polygons with perfectly selected color patterns to create the work of an artist that is on the threshold of impacting an arduous and ever-changing industry. She is challenging our depth perception in a most masterful and colorful manner. From a Jen Stark drawing, to a Jen Stark animation, to sculpture; Ms. Stark produces a psychedelic tour de force to be reckoned with, and once you experience her genius, you too will sense the exact implication of these words.