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Take a trip with Gary War 

Brooklyn’s experimental psych rock outfit wants to evolve the genre of 1960s acid rock

Gary War is bringing some high potency truth to his first Halifax show. The experimental psychedelic rock outfit from Brooklyn, New York takes no influence outside of personal interpretation and experience. Cassette tapes and various forms of releases over the last decade have culminated in the kaleidoscope sound wave that is Jared's Lot, his third upcoming LP. 

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"If I am indeed doing anything unique, it's because of the need to transpose my aural perception of reality into new forms of music," War says. "This comes from countless maniacal hours of putting in work, experimenting and trying extremely hard to improve and evolve, using what limited musical skill I have." In a subgenre like 1960s acid rock, War extracts the popular elements so he can reinvent them.

"By utilizing what came before---every genre, tool, concept, any template with the potential for expansion---and filtering it through modern technology, I can make it new. My view is that everything in this world is inverted, so maybe I'm an insider but I'm unsure of what there is to be inside of." It gets trippy, man, and yet it is clear that War's commitment to innovation, rather than assimilation, transgresses the boundaries of space and time.

"Sometimes outer/inner space and time seem either illusory, synthetic, sacred, futuristic, calm, chaotic, but I don't have the means of quantifying any evidence of what is 'real' or 'true' as it pertains to someone else's perspective of time or space," he says. So he goes by his own sensation.

"Music can simultaneously influence the most beautiful and the most wretched of human behaviours. And it can be very powerful under chemical and geographical conditions," he says. Pushing a supply of new material, War hopes the crowd at The Khyber on Friday will return the peace and love.

Gary War w/Transfixed & Body Language, You’ll Never Get to Heaven, Old & Weird, DJ B Wagg and General Purpose DJ, projections by J. Lachance, Turret Room video installation by James Gauvreau, Friday, June 1 at Khyber Club, 1588 Barrington, 10:30pm, $10

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