After roughly five years of dazzling audiences at local clubs and warehouse parties with its droning, psychedelic sound and transcendent live video projections, Oakland five-piece Lumerians recently dropped its debut album, Transmalinnia, on Knitting Factory. The album's nine tracks range in length from three to nine minutes, recalling wispy '60s haze; driving, ominous '70s Krautrock; and even more exotic musics from around the world. Ahead of the band's show tonight at Catacombs in San Francisco, we spoke with Lumerians' bassist/vocalist and founding member Marc Melzer about the band's formation, its incredible visuals, and why its members took their time putting out a full-length album.
You guys have a ton of stuff up onstage for your live shows — even in a small club, you'll have big cabinets and all kinds of instruments.
Yeah, it's a bit of a pain in the ass. Six keyboards. It's pretty crazy.