Pi Corp - Lost in the Cosmic Void (1973-76)


"Pi Corp were a group of stoned space adventurers and while this is not greatly recorded it does capture the unique stoned space that these cats created. These guys were truly lost in the Cosmic Void. The band existed in Cleveland from 1973-76. Rockadelic contacted the band and this was released as a limited edition of 500 copies in 2001. All the tracks except for 2 were recorded live in one take. The LP begins with the Dirge, which has some strange electronics with backwards effects. Drumola has some laughing voices as the space organ and voyage begins. Together begins with some phased out drums and a real mellow space journey evolves with some really cool electronics at the end. Devil Weed is a trippy track with loud drums and strange voices and a dark brooding mood as it builds up. Just Another Song ends the side with another mellow space trip! Side B starts with LSD1 and some cool flute and electronics as well as spoken word as the bass line builds and we slide out into space once again. All the journeys are far too short. I am sure these guys must have made some long spaced out jams at some point but only short snippets are captured on this record. Shiiit is a song with some Pink Floyd guitar. One of the few songs to prominently feature guitar. Telerama Boogie starts with echoy voices and drums as the electronic buzz filters over the top and then it ends. Short! Organ Over Easy ends the record and is the closest thing to a rock song on the record and is driven by a spacey organ lead. It is a tripped out record. Enjoy."


"Circa 1973-76 this Cleveland, Ohio outfit is one of the most amazing bands to ever grace our ears. These boys had enough equipment, drugs and talent to take their listeners on a journey through the hallucinogenic caverns of insanity, in the darkest recesses of one’s mind. Imagine Pink Floyd or King Crimson without any of the UK pomp and circumstance! Imagine Krautrock if it had been invented by bad ass inner city biker types with visions into the next galaxy and beyond. Songs like “The Dirge”, “Devil Weed”, “Together”, “LSD1”, and “Organ Over Easy” put Pi Corp in a class of their own, as no other American band ever came close to sounding like these guys. World renowned synthesist and electronic music pioneer Alan Howarth, headed the band of renegade musicians from Cleveland. Howarth’s innovative sounds, combined with the powerful bass melodies of Guy Bickel, takes the band into regions few others have dared to venture. Add the haunting vocals of lead singer Woody Leffel, former front man for the well known band Granicus, and you will definitely find this band arriving at gate Z on the Cosmic Concourse.The band rarely played live and spent most of their time jamming and discovering new plateaus of sound. Whether you’re into progressive, Psychedelic, Hard Rock or just pure freak-out, industrial strength musical madness, this LP is for you!" (buy it)


Pi Corp - Devil Weed


Anonymous said...

Brilliant stuff matey !!!!

Arcadium said...

Thank you pal, i'll check this!