Pittsburgh, PA based Black Moth Super Rainbow took the stage at U Street Music Hall on December 8 with little fanfare, walking to their instruments with heads down and impassive expressions on their faces. Staying true to their habit of turning the focus away from them to their music, drummer Iffernaut wore a sky mask, exposing a small oval of face, while guitarist Ryan Graveface never pulled back his hoodie. Vocalist Tobacco performed from behind an open suitcase covered by a t-shirt. Bass player Bullsmear and keyboard player The Seven Fields of Aphelion did not hide or alter appearances, but barely acknowledged being on stage.
BMSR keep to themselves. Private jokes float across stage and sideways glances and giggles seem to acknowledge the dichotomy of being unassuming while selling out clubs.
But the sold out crowd at U Hall didn’t seem to care, and let the music sweep them away. Somewhere in the back, a man in an overcoat, scarf and sunglasses twirled to the music, while groups of dancers undulated in the darkness with only glow bracelets and necklaces for light. Elsewhere, reversed baseball caps shared the space with plaid shirt/skinny jeans hipsters, illustrating the shifting pull of the band, drawing from hipsters and rave type dancers as its popularity increases.