Sing the Body Psychedelic

First Communion Afterparty drink blood of Christ, locate the decade that influenced them.

The band doing what they do best: Hunting and taming wild owls. PHOTO COURTESY EMILY UTNE

Ashley Goetz

The band doing what they do best: Hunting and taming wild owls. PHOTO COURTESY EMILY UTNE

WHAT: First Communion Afterparty: SXSW Sendoff Showcase WHEN: 5 p.m. March 14 HERE: First Avenue TICKETS: $3, $6 18+ www.first-avenue.com Remember the âÄô60s? The Summer of Love? The birth of acid-rock? No. Why? Because the vast majority of us werenâÄôt born yet. Regardless, the idea of the âÄô60s has now become something larger than life. It is borrowed nostalgia, a vicarious lifestyle synonymous with restlessness. In the best way possible, Minneapolis band First Communion Afterparty has channeled this energy into something worthwhile: rock and roll. Their sound mixes unadulterated psychedelia and the now sacred sounds of âÄô90s revivalist and shoegaze (think Brian Jonestown Massacre, My Bloody Valentine and early Sonic Youth). With a female vocalist reminiscent of Grace Slick and a premiere album âÄúSorry for all the Mondays and for Those Who CanâÄôt Sing,âÄù which displays both craft and musical maturity, First Communion Afterparty is a force to be reckoned with. A&E caught a quick word with frontwoman âÄúMamaâÄù Carin to ask her about their influences and local favorites. So is this the first year that you will go to SXSW? Who do you want to see while you’re there? Where are you playing? This will be our third year going to SXSW, but this is the first full-length tour for us. We are playing 12 dates, down and back, ending in Chicago. We hope this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as touring goes. Expect more touring from us in the coming year. In Austin we are playing a psychedelic showcase: The Dream Machine. We are really excited to play with and see Darker My Love and The Vandelles, but we always seem to stumble upon bands unexpectedly that really blow us away. You folks have a sound reminiscent of âÄô60s psychedelic rock or revivalist stuff like the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Are there any specific bands that had a big influence on all of you? To tell you the truth, we really draw very little from BJM. We are more influenced by the bands that influenced BJM, like Spacemen 3 and other early âÄô90s shoegaze bands. Our feel does also take a lot from the âÄô60s psych movement, but less in sound and more in spirit. We are an evolution of all that and more, mixed together. I had the chance to see you awhile back at one of the Too Much Love after-parties in the warehouse district. You guys looked considerably younger then, how old are you? ItâÄôs been a few years since our warehouse district days, but now we range from 18 to 30. What are you drinking? Water, PBR and the blood of Christ. Amen. What’s your favorite venue to play in the Twin Cities? 7th St. Entry and the Turf Club. What are you listening to now? The Crystal Stilts, Charles Manson and way too much Sonic Youth âĦ all the time. What is one of your favorite bands to play with in the Twin Cities? Gospel Gossip.