When: Sat., Aug. 11, 9 p.m. 2012
See the World Given to a One Love Entity, the sophomore album from Guardian Alien, allows us to imagine what would have happened had The Beatles let themselves get completely lost during their excursions into Indian mysticism. For one continuous 40-minute stretch, See the World marries the giddy festivity of a Hindu holiday celebration with overflowing drums reminiscent of, say, Hella or Don Cab. About halfway through, the tone shifts dramatically, as if a wailing Perry Farrell suddenly appeared on a misty Himalayan plain at dawn, backed by prayer bowls and baby goats. Drummer/bandleader Greg Fox and guitarist Bernard Gann share a history in the “transcendental black metal” outfit Liturgy, and both the differences and parallels between the two groups are immediately obvious. Like Al Cisneros’ devotional stoner duo Om, Guardian Alien is enthralled by the idea of a unified, sentient universe where Eastern modalities blend into one joyful racket.