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Psych-Rockers Verma Beam In New Music

By Jon Graef in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 24, 2011 3:00PM


Live direct from outer space, cosmic local psych-rock quintet Verma announced a new EP of three recorded, improvised instrumentals, two of which will be released as a split cassette with like-minded acts Shapers and Soundings on the new Paramita Tapes label.

The three tracks demonstrate an exciting, challenging band on a roll. The group's Black Sabbath by way of NEU '75 sounds is a brand of music that never grows stale or dull. Swift Motorik beats buoyed by a deft rhythm section, huge, sludgy guitars, and far out soundscapes make for an intoxicating cocktail of experimental rock. Of course you can listen to it below

Verma has two shows coming up: The quintet celebrates the release of their cassette with fellow Chicago sauer-rockers Wume, whose Distance LP is a fantastic flirtation with the synth-rock film-score space gods (think John Carpenter, Goblin), this Thursday, October 27, at the Ultra Lounge, 2169 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Stream Wume's "Now Eye Can See" below:

Now Eye Can See by wume

Milwaukee's Catacombz also play Thursday's show, which starts at 9:30 p.m. You can RSVP to get in free by writing to Emails must be received before 5 p.m. on October 27. If Thursday doesn't work, then try to catch Verma on Friday, November 4 at the Empty Bottle.

Watch Verma's Giant System session from last year: