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Druids bring their spacey, cosmic themes to the Triple Nickel 

click to enlarge If you’re interested in pleasing and/or befriending our new alien overlords, you may want to take them to the Druids show at the Triple Nickel on Sept. 26. Some psychedelic stoner metal will make them feel right at home. - SUZANNE CORUM-RICH
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  • If you’re interested in pleasing and/or befriending our new alien overlords, you may want to take them to the Druids show at the Triple Nickel on Sept. 26. Some psychedelic stoner metal will make them feel right at home.

It’s somewhat rare that I branch out into topics of national concern rather than local music affairs, but this week saw some happenings that I felt it was my duty as an American citizen — and, indeed, a citizen of planet Earth — to address immediately.

Per reporting by Vice’s Motherboard and NBC Chicago, a Navy spokesman, Joseph Gradisher, recently confirmed that video footage compiled and released by Angels & Airwaves frontman (and, of course, former member of blink-182) Tom DeLonge shows “unidentified phenomena.”

According to NBC Chicago, Gradisher also was quoted stating, “The Navy has not publicly released characterizations or descriptions, nor released any hypothesis or conclusions, in regard to the objects contained in the referenced videos.”

Given my years of experience as a professional music writer, I can therefore translate and extrapolate: These videos were not meant to be released, and the guy from blink-182 just confirmed that aliens are totally real. The videos include footage captured by a Raytheon infrared targeting pod (which, incidentally, I’m pretty sure I saw a bunch of children playing with at the recent What If... Festival), and the compiled video is available to view from DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science... for now, anyway.

Now that we’re saddled with the knowledge that aliens are absolutely, 100 percent real, what to do? Well, the obvious solution is that we need to become friends with the aliens, and to assist in our new interplanetary camaraderie, I’d suggest taking them to see Des Moines-based psychedelic/stoner metal trio Druids this Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Triple Nickel Tavern, where the their “Whipping the West” tour will have local support from Dust Lord and Sun of Grey.
Given the sci-fi trappings and spacey, cosmic themes that run through the collective oeuvre of all three bands, I think aliens will like it, you know? Druids have already received significant terrestrial acclaim from the likes of Kerrang!, Revolver Magazine and Metal Injection for their heavy, psychedelic-inspired sound. The trio’s latest effort, Monument, was released in April 2019, and is as good a place as any for newcomers to jump into Druids’ expansive metal sound. Tracks like “The Whip” and “Iron Healer” demonstrate the band’s dextrous, classic metal riffage (the latter possessing a wonderfully tuneful chorus reminiscent of King’s X, to boot), while the nearly nine-minute epic “Mirrors of Trigon” allows them to flex their musical and storytelling muscles to compelling effect.

The band’s entire back catalog is well worth exploring — I found myself also particularly drawn to 2013’s The Sound of Meditation, where they dial up the sludgy and atmospheric aspects of their sound without sacrificing any of their songcraft.

Dust Lord, it should be noted, are fresh off a supporting slot for Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society at the Black Sheep, and if you haven’t yet heard Sun of Grey’s singles “All Bad Things” and “The Day After,” certainly rectify that as soon as possible.

Finally, this week, the Zodiac plays host to a bit of nostalgia and, I suppose, experiments in alternate history, where a recreation of the erstwhile Springs disco The Annex comes to vivid re-life on Saturday, Sept. 28. Original Annex DJ/VJ Tony Garcia will provide music and video footage, with lighting and additional home video of the era courtesy of Gehennan Scientist’s own General Farnirius Dog. (To get you in the spirit of things, by the way, a 1990 demo cassette of Gehennan Scientist is up on eBay.)

Put on your finest black and prepare to reminisce, consider the as yet under-explored questions of simulacra and simulation with regard to local nightclubs and, of course, dance the night away.

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