Since their formation, Solar Temple Suicides have slowly been perfecting their own brand of drugged out, spacey haze. They preach long and tall effects-laden psychedelic lessons culled from ancient Yajurvedas of transformation and trial by fire, thrust from the sun to the outer edges of the universe. Their unabashed space rock tendencies and hallucinatory walls of sound drive their high volume live shows. Not fitting neatly into any extant mold, Solar Temple Suicides gather their influences together to form their own nebula.
The seed of the band was planted one evening in late 2007, when Jon (guitars/vocals) met Mike (drums) in a dense cloud of vapors. Discussing their common interest in shoegaze, space rock, and similar patterns of soundwaves, the idea for a new music project coalesced in the hovering aether. They soon recruited Scott on bass, who Jon was playing with at the time in the now defunct neo-folk outfit Omega Express. Calling themselves Solar Temple Suicides after the infamous cult who tried to reach the stars by setting themselves on fire, they took up residence in early 2008 at SCarey Studios, a garage-turned-performance space run by the band and several co-conspirators in the urban wasteland of Baltimore’s west-side. Keyboardist Greg joined soon thereafter, but left the band in June 2010 to prepare for his upcoming attempt to colonize the moons of Jupiter with his mind.
The fledgling band was nearly knocked on its head when, late in the summer of 2008, SCarey Studios was forced to close by angry gods in the form of unending noise complaints and repeat visits from Officer Slaughter and his cronies. After some discussion, the band moved into Studio 14, an old, labyrinthine warehouse of rehearsal spaces, to practice, commune with the spirits of the psychedelic monks, refine their sound, and record.
Solar Temple Suicides’ debut full-length album, Sentinels of the Heliosphere, was self-recorded and produced at Studio 14 in the winter and spring of 2010. It will be released December 14th on Sleepy Records, with an east coast tour to follow in early 2011.
Album Release Party at The Hexagon in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, December 18th with Shook and Neutron Bomb!