As a culture vulture based in Philadelphia, sometimes you have those moments of “I should’ve been in on this two months ago.” It’s a spirit-crusher. “I SHOULD’VE BEEN AT THAT SHOW!” or “WE SHOUDL’VE COVERED THAT!” happens around the clock, daily. But the plus side, naturally, is that there’s so much cool stuff happening that it’s a first-world problem to be making sure people know about it and attend. What was missed here was a hand-painted Ugly Orange Full-Head latex mask from Tom Fec. Thomas Fec is the Pittsburgh-born and Allegheny County-raised body-vessel of Tobacco, or Maniac Meat, or front-man for the totally psychedelic Black Moth Super Rainbow
BMSR self-released their fifth proper LP through a Kickstarter campaign. They, well mostly Tom it seems, created Rad Cult, a label they’ll use as the vehicle for disseminating Cobra Juicy with the help of 2,032 backers. Their $45k goal was met, and exceeded – by $80,634. Yup, they raised over $125k for this baby. And the tiers are fantastic and it’s a beautiful testament to the fact that people, fans, WILL spend money on having things in their hands (or on their heads). Especially if it’s really cool.
Furthermore, these masks! They glow in the dark. And when you get to a mask tier you get the digital stuff in the form of a USB tooth that you jam into the masks mouth. You could be a BMSR drug-taker for Halloween and fascinate people with your Kickstarter story and build excitement for their upcoming Philadelphia date. LOOK AT THEM.
About the music, well, that’s pretty amazing, too. You may know about Tobacco already. His Maniac Meat (2010) had a couple Beck spots on it and blew mad people’s minds. He may have wowed you as Tobacco AND as BMSR in your lifetime. He plays a vocoder, sings, write songs, uses weird analog technology, draws, paints, and is just a brilliantly talented freaky frontman of this extremely mysterious and secrecy-shrouded collective of musicians that typically call PA their epicenter. And as if all this wasn’t cool enough, they seem to be friends with Eric Wareheim and Eric (of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! fame) made a pretty hilarious Kickstarter campaign video to get them off the ground in laughtastic fashion. Did you know Wareheim is an Owl and was in a bunch of Philly bands? One of them was a vampire-themed punk band named Ink & Dagger. Oh, did you know Wareheim made sick music videos, too? Including “Pon De Floor” and Health’s “We Are Water“? This was a fun Pennsylvania wormhole to fall down, wasn’t it.