Dark Meat isn’t the first hairy-scary music ensemble to be mistaken for some bizarre quasi-religious cult. Here are a few more that could qualify for a tax exemption.
Back in 1971, Stephen Gaskin and 320 hippie pals from San Fran set up a self-sufficient community on the outskirts of Summertown, Tennessee, known as the Farm. Their musical group, cleverly named the Farm Band, provided an early blueprint for feel-good jam bands to come.
This merry band of psychedelic improvisors was the mind-melting musical arm of Father Yod’s Source Family, based in the Hollywood Hills. The group, centred around Djin, Octavius and Sunflower, continued on after Yod’s hang-gliding death in 1975 and recently began playing gigs again.
The Texas-?sized answer to Up With People, Tim DeLaughter’s hippie church choir of an orch-pop ensemble never really set the charts on fire but found its true calling accompanying runway fashion shows.
They’ve got headbands, wear matching tennis whites and often perform their entrancing chants in war paint under the direction of a rarely blinking multi-instrumentalist who insists on being called Honus Honus. Yep, they’re trouble.
Broken Social Scene
Toronto’s own Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning and 15 or so of their closest pals are worshipped by indie rock fans around the world for their charmingly off-kilter jams and fashionable facial hair. Bow to their majestic power.