Black Moth Super Rainbow Talks Devil's Night, Throwing Eggs at Born-Again Christians' Houses
The night before Halloween, however, is when the freaks come out. It's when the paint-huffers with missing fingers limp down the street in search of discarded furniture to rub against and neighbors cry with their backs against the front door, "Why won't you leave us alone?"
And it'll get even weirder when Sweat Records hosts lo-fi psych kings Black Moth Super Rainbow at The Stage on October 30. Tom Fec is the mastermind behind all things BMSR, as well as a solo artist who records even stranger sounds as Tobacco. And Fec's exactly the sort of guy with whom you'd want to get spooky.
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So...Trick or Treat, Tobacco?
"The only trick I ever did," Fec tells us from his ghoulish compound in Greater Pittsburgh, "went far beyond Halloween.
"My next door neighbors were these Born Again Christians and they really annoyed the shit out of me. So every day for three or four months, I took one egg and threw it on their roof."
See? Fec was able to extend Halloween from a night to a full season. Take that, Chanukah. But what did the neighbors say?
"They're like, 'Why do we have all these eggs coming from this one direction?' They were coming over the trees and the way they were splattering, you didn't have to be a detective.
"My parents just grounded me. It was only eggs and those shits wash off."
|One man's trick is another man's treat.|
But Fec wasn't rattling a tin cup against the bars of his crib until the day he moved out; there were plenty of Halloweens when he did dress up.
"I usually just tried to create my own monster guy character," Fec says. "I love, like, shitty latex masks, the ones that are kind of thin and bad. I never liked the idea of wearing a costume. Not the stupid mask that goes with the shirt."
"Probably my favorite costume is the one I made for our record label," he recalls wistfully. "And I'm allowed to say this because I'm Italian, but it's this Italian guy with this giant mustache, pockmarks and it's really fucking gross."