Salt Lake City may not be the first city that comes to mind when one reads the phrase "musical talent and diversity." But there is more to SLC than Mormon temples. It has a thriving music scene, where bands create interesting, underground sounds that bubble up from the city's perfectly laid-out grid. One of these bands is Castor and Pollution.
Befitting their name, Castor and Pollution's music is a combination of fast-paced psychedelia, funk, repetitive minimalist beats, bent vocals and spacey trance. It's music that, while not always danceable, is melodically cerebral and should engage audiences as they tour behind their new EP Let's Take a Look at the Environment Telemetry.
Band member Luke Slocum said that though they experiment with their sound, their sound isn't exactly experimental. It is, however, different. "There's nothing like us in Salt Lake. We're kind of like the outsiders," Slocum laughed.
Named after one of Max Ernst's surrealist paintings, Castor and Pollution are a trio of Philadelphia transplants who have, for the last few months, been playing five or six shows a week, contributing to the SLC musical landscape. Salt Lake City Weekly agreed, writing that Castor and Pollution's "hypnotic electronic movements are a unique addition to the local music scene."
Visit Castor and Pollution's myspace page to hear "1,000 pink fleshy tubes" off the new EP.
Wednesday, June 10, 9 p.m., price TBD. Terrapin Station, 1519 W. Main St., 208-342-1776.