Pocahaunted and The Cave Singers @ Spaceland, 4/18/09
Photos by Leslie Kalohi/LAist
Rather than face the blistering heat and ungodly, ruinous prices of Coachella, I found myself heading towards Spaceland last Friday night to participate in some local, cooler, cheaper musical entertainment. Ironically, the band I saw produced a sound that would provide a perfect soundtrack for a spiritual awakening in the desert (especially on hallucinogens). Soon after I arrived it appeared as if the stage had been taken over by wood nymphs. Two young ladies with wild hair and lost eyes took the stage dressed in plaid and sparkles accompanied by three awkward young men who looked embarrassed to be on stage. They didn't even look like they belonged in the same band. It was like two bands had been double booked and were forced to share the stage.
"It's freaky", said the man standing next to me. "It's as if they have one voice". He went on to inform me that this unlikely bunch was known as Pocahaunted, a local psychedelic band that is famous for their ability to harmonize. And he was right - it was freaky. Giant organs and fuzzy guitars looped and swirled over the Spaceland and I immediately saw what he meant. The bassist in sparkles and the lead singer, a tiny girl in a giant plaid hoodie, began singing without words, allowing their voices to blend together forming this otherworldly sound. Writhing and bending to the beat, the small woman in plaid appeared to be possessed by this shared voice that they had created.Completely unconcerned with the men in the group, these two sang for a crowd of two, themselves. Nothing else seemed to interest them in the slightest.