When Old Time Relijun frontman Arrington de Dionyso talks about his bands new album, Catharsis in Crisis, you wouldnt be remiss if you thought he was putting you on. After all, he says the new CD -- which comes out today -- wraps up a trilogy about transcendent experiences, with science-fiction elements. But Old Time Relijun members arent Uranus-obsessed prog-rockers; theyre post-rock noise merchants who owe quite a debt to avant-garde experimentalists like Captain Beefheart. Thats how we do our thing, says de Dionyso. Its just a different approach to the trilogy. Theres still a unified focus.
Catharsis in Crisis is the third and final chapter of Old Time Relijuns Lost Light Trilogy, which includes 2004s Lost Light and 2005s 2012. We knew this had to be the culmination, and to some extent, the resolution, says de Dionyso. It asks a big question at the end thats never answered. Yet the songs are a bit more structured this time. Still, no one will confuse Old Time Relijun for, say, Bon Jovi. Were all about making the most out of two notes, says de Dionyso.
Now that hes completed the trilogy, de Dionyso says hes not sure whats next for the band. We spent all this time doing the same concept, he says. Weve taken this line of musical thinking as far as it can go. I cant guess where well go now.
Tue., Oct. 9, 9:30 p.m., 2007