Live Concert Photography: Ecstatic Vision at The Knitting Factory 12/27/18
Currently comprised of Doug Sabolik, Michael Field Connor, Jordan Crouse, and Kevin Nickles, the Philadelphia, PA-based heavy psych/stoner rock act Ecstatic Vision initially formed back in 2013 with its members starting the band to primarily play “what they wanted to hear.” With the release of their full-length debut, 2015’s Sonic Praise, the band received attention for an album that drew from a wild and eclectic array of influences including Krautrock, Fela Kuti, Sun Ra, Hawkwind, Aphrodite’s Child, Olatunji, Can, and early Amon Duul ll — and for downright primal live sets. Adding to a breakthrough 2015 and 2016, the band toured with an impressive list of internationally renowned acts like Enslaved, YOB and Uncle Acid and The Dead Beats, Earthless, Red Fang, Acid King, Bang and Pentagram, as well as a set at the Roadburn Festival.
Raw Rock Fury, Ecstatic Vision’s 2017 sophomore album was written as a way to “remind listeners of what an unpolished, dangerous rock recording should sound like.” It may arguably be among the most raw, primal album of their growing catalog, as it sounds as though it were inspired by MC5 and The Stooges — while retaining its lysergic vibe. Interestingly, the band’s latest effort Under the Influence continues that scuzzy, dangerous sound; but with a decidedly lo-fi production.
The JOVM mainstays played an incredibly loud, primal set at The Knitting Factory last week — and it was admittedly, just what I needed. Check out photos from the show (my penultimate show of the year) below.
For these photos and more, check out the Flickr set here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/yankee32879/4TezAT