All of the great psychedelic artists seem to operate on the very precipice between genius and madness. Perhaps that’s the danger that comes from opening a channel to the colorful and frightening cosmos inside our skulls.
But what makes of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes different from bizarro forebears like Syd Barrett and Roky Erickson is that, rather than falling into the abyss, he opens it up and hosts a killer dance party.
Barnes and bandmates brought their trippy extravaganza to Grand Rapids Thursday, May 15 for a sold-out two-hour show at the Pyramid Scheme. The band played a set heavy on audience favorites, ping ponging between booty shaking neo-disco and tumescent fist-pumping rockers.