Psychedelic Speed Freaks (featuring Narita from High Rise), Major Stars, Headroom

Friday 3/29

9:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

$15 advance / $20 doors ($25 for a 2 night pass)

6 ticket limit per customer/account/household/email/credit card/address. Orders exceeding the 6 ticket limit subject to cancellation. Orders place for the sole purpose of resale will be cancelled. 


Black Editions is honored to present the first ever CALIFORNIA FLASHBACK FESTIVAL: Two evenings inspired by the historic Tokyo Flashback albums that introduced the world to Tokyo's incredible psychedelic 90's underground and instigated generations of psychedelic rock freaks around the world.

In this spirit we present a rare convergence of this era's most vital psychedelic rock groups including artists that themselves appeared on the original PSF album- a genuine, full-blown 21st Century freak out!!

Acid Mother Temple- An ever shifting radical collective of true heads and one of the most prolific and kaleidoscopically heavy psychedelic groups of this or any era. AMT will be celebrating the first ever vinyl issue of their 1997 PSF debut album on Black Editions in a very limited California Flashback 2LP edition available only at these shows.

Heron Oblivion- Sub Pop, SF based super-group that have mastered an intense soulful psych-folk that crosses wild electric excursions with a Fairport induced sound - California’s finest lysergic travellers of the modern era.

Psychedelic Speed Freaks- One of the greatest psychedelic guitarists of all time Munehiro Narita, a founder of Japan's legendary High Rise, leads this new power trio. Performing classics from Narita's 40 year deep catalog as well as new material soon to be released on their debut Black Editions LP. A limited California Flashback version will be available exclusively at these shows.

Kinski- Seattle scorchers that have driven massive, heavy walls of fuzz and pure tripped out sound since their formation in the late 90's. Fresh on the heels of their album Accustomed to your Face LP on Kill Rock Stars.

Major Stars- Drag City/Twisted Village superstars bring their fiery triple guitar attack to California for the very first time in their over 20 year history. Featuring members of B.O.R.B, Life Partners and Pants Yell!

Headroom- New blood from New Haven make their West Coast debut featuring the finest of the new East Coast underground - Their Head in the Clouds LP on Trouble in Mind is easily one of the best psych album of the last 10 years.

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan- Canadian psych/prog champions return to the US for a dose of head-spinning heavy rock supporting their 2018 Paperbag Records LP Dirt.

Mountain Movers- After setting the east coast on fire Mountain Movers make their West Coast debut performing hits from their acclaimed Pink Skies LP on Trouble In Mind Records.
San Francisco’s Heron Oblivion is the new group featuring Meg Baird (Espers), Noel Von Harmonson (Comets on Fire, Six Organs of Admittance, Sic Alps, The Lowdown), Ethan Miller (Comets on Fire, Howlin’ Rain, Feral Ohms), and Charlie Saufley (Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound).

Heron Oblivion’s origins date to 2013 in SF’s Bayview district, where its four members– fueled by a love of 60s/70s scuzz and commune jams, folk rock, noise, and P.S.F. Japanese underground—would get together for what Miller describes as “blistering, extended free jam sessions.” The four musicians realized that their initial chemistry (which was strong from the outset) was undeniable and it’s vision unified. Heron Oblivion was born.

Ultimately, Heron Oblivion fused song craft to its improvisational leanings. What materialized is a mesmeric compilation of English folk rock and earthy West Coast psychedelia spiked with feedback and explosive dissonant elements.
Psychedelic Speed Freaks (featuring Narita from High Rise)
Psychedelic Speed Freaks (featuring Narita from High Rise)
High Rise exploded onto Tokyo’s underground music scene with the roar and reckless abandon of a motorcycle accelerating headlong into a dead man’s curve. Born from the explosive chemistry of bassist/vocalist Asahito Nanjoand frenetic guitarist Munehiro Narita, the band blazed a wild new stream of psychedelic guitar music. Their second album High Rise II is a defining document of the band and unquestionably one of the greatest albums to emerge from 20th century underground Japan and beyond. With Nanjo’s distorted thunder bass and Narita’s wildly narrative lead guitar playing, High Rise II is a non-stop tour de force of improvised rock music. Combining elements of garage rock, punk and no wave, the band pushed all levels fully in-the-red and transcended the limits of rock and psychedelia to create a raw, unique expansion of the music.
Major Stars
Major Stars
A bunch of guitar players, a bass player, a drum player, and whoever the heck is singing Wayne's poems.

This band went on and on as a four piece and then it went on and on as a six piece and then they kept changing the singer and continued to go on. Even to this day!
Headroom first took flight in 2016 as the solo outlet for New Haven musician Kryssi Battalene, née of regarded noise project Colorguard & guitarist for psychedelic voyagers, Mountain Movers. Headroom sprung forth from the fertile and underrated New Haven scene - a musical patchwork of punk, hardcore, noise & experimental music all sharing the same stages & DIY spots and creating a musical identity all their own.

Battalene's talent flourished & soon enough, her signature style of guitar was infiltrating & influencing a new crop of New Haven musicians; part Twisted Village / PSF Records-influenced white noise maelstrom, part nuanced, beautiful six-stringed draperies. Battalene’s talents have graced recordings & stages with Estrogen Highs, Medication, Secret Treaties & Stefan Christiansen & Friends, but “Head In the Clouds” marks the first long-player for this, her current solo project (after a well regarded cassette EP on the C/Site imprint).

Across the album’s alternatingly harsh & beautiful five tracks, Battalene masterfully coaxes her guitar into a myriad of tastes and textures, from lumbering opener “How To Grow Evil Flowers”s psychedelic squall to more placid tracks like “Millers Pond” or “Flower of Light”, where she tempers her feedback to guide the tunes to new horizons. The title track’s pulsing guitar/synth interplay offers an eight minute respite before swan diving back into a fog of feedback. “Head In the Clouds” could be seen as the companion piece to Mountain Movers’ ‘s/t’ 2017 album, but with Battalene at the helm, Headroom eschews that band’s (ever so slightly) more traditional take in favor of a dizzyingly creative experimentalism. “Head In the Clouds” is an album meant to get lost in.
Venue Information:
Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102