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Japanese Psychedelic Rock Band “Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO” live in Manila!

Japanese Psychedelic Rock Band “Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO” live in Manila!

Mynila Team November 18, 2018 Music & Culture

SUBFLEX is bringing  Japanese Psychedelic Rock Band Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. to Manila !

The band was formed in 1995 by Makoto Kawabata at the same time as the Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective.

The group released its debut album in 1997 on PSF Records (Japan), and it was selected as one of the year’s best albums in The Wire magazine (UK). In 1998 the group played their first tours in the US and Europe. Since then the group has released a huge number of albums on labels from many different countries. As of 2017, the group has released around 80 albums!

Every year since 1998, they have toured extensively in the US and Europe, and more recently have started performing around Asia and in Japan too.


The group has performed in collaboration with many musicians including psychedelic originators Gong and Guru Guru, Simeon (Silver Apples), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), and the Occitanian trad singer Rosina de Peira. Japanese collaborators have included Afrirampo, Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins), Maso Yamazaki (Masonna), Seiichi Yamamoto (Boredoms), Jun Kuriyama (The Ox), and many others.

To begin with, the group had a floating line-up with contributions from many members of the AMT Soul Collective. But as tours became more frequent, the group began to coalesce around a core touring line-up. Other bands were created with Acid Mothers Temple as part of their name (AMT & The Cosmic Inferno, AMT SWR, AMT & The Space Paranoid, Acid Mothers Gong, Acid Mothers Guru Guru, etc.), but AMT & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. has continued to function as the mothership and main lineage for all our activities.

In 2016, 21 years since the group’s founding, there was a major shift in the line-up and “Next Generation” was added to the name.

We now view the first 20 years as chapter one in our story, and we are now turning the page to start chapter two.

The current touring line-up is: Makoto Kawabata (the sole original member), Hiroshi Higashi, Nani Satoshima, Wolf and Jyonson Tsu.

Subflex is a Manila-based platform that brings together different musicians and sound practitioners from different sonic backgrounds and genres of music, where divisions in music are blurred and different practitioners and musicians can co-exist, collaborate and connect. Originally started in 2003 by Arvin Nogueras aka Caliph8 and Maia Reyes aka Nonplus, as a reaction to the biases of genre-specific music venues or clusters of music “scenes” emanating in Manila from the 80s to the early 2000s. Initially the platform operated on a monthly schedule hosting different artists related to an assortment of diverse music subcultures, from improvised and traditional music, to avant-garde and exploratory sound practices.

During the event there will be live performances by Caliph8, Nonplus and TV Ananda.