The Cosmic Sonic Rendezvous festival, put on by long-running independent record label Tee Pee Records, took place earlier this month at the newly-opened Brooklyn, NY venue The Wick. Over two days of Labor Day weekend, eight bands, many of whom are on the Tee Pee roster, came together to celebrate heavy music in its many forms.
The highlight of the festival was a pair of sets by storied British psych rockers The Bevis Frond, performing their first electric shows in the US in well over a decade. The band, who recently released their 22nd album, Example 22, opened the festival with a full, hour-and-a-half concert-length set on Saturday, and also a shorter, festival-length set on Sunday. From “Maybe” from 1987’s Miasma and “Lights Are Changing” from 1988’s Triptych, to “Hole Song #2” from 1997’s North Circular, to “Pale Blue Blood” from the new album, the band played career-surveying sets to a crowd of devoted followers, many of whom had traveled to see them.
Other highlights of the festival included headlining performances by stoner metal band Saviours on Saturday and supergroup Witch, comprised of Kyle Thomas (King Tuff) on guitar and vocals, J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) on drums, Graham Clise (Annihilation Time) on guitar, and Dave Sweetapple on bass, on Sunday. Saturday was rounded out by heavy metal band The Skull and hard rockers Mirror Queen. Sunday also featured melodic rockers Worshipper, psychedelic power trio The Golden Grass, and classic rockers Carousel.
Tee Pee Records refers to this as the “inaugural edition” of the festival, so we can only hope that there is more to come.