Nestled in the awkward space between past and present is Sri Aurobindo, a Baltimore psychedelic-rock band. Sure, the heavy and emotion-laden guitar rock music the band makes originated in the late 60s, but it sounds just as meaningful now as it did then. This is music for stoned nights at home. This is not party music, but you’ll definitely have a personal or small party with these sounds.
Featuring a lot of distortion and dueling guitar meanderings, Sri Aurobindo makes a racket that is loud and abrasive. Some songs, like “Soul Vibrations of Man” are straight up and rock and roll. But others, like the ethereal “Rest My Mind,” premiered below, is more deconstructive and romantic. Soaring vocals and echo-laden guitars drift seamlessly from verse to chorus and back again.
The band is named after “quite possibly the most gifted Indian yogi,” said band member Mike Romano.
Sri Aurobindo, in his own words: “Man is a transitional being. He is not final. The step from man to superman is the next approaching achievement in the earth evolution. It is inevitable because it is at once the intention of the inner spirit and the logic of Nature’s process.”
Moving from natural to supernatural, from the ground to the sky, from humanity to godliness. Certainly sounds like something to strive for. And indeed, Romano said the band likes to “take walks in our heads.” Through meditation, introspection and practice, man moves from one plane to the next.
The band’s debut LP, Cave Painting, was just released yesterday on Friends Records, a great label out of Baltimore. The band is playing September 15 with Moon Duo in Baltimore and upcoming gigs in New York City and Philadelphia will be announced soon.
Sri Aurobindo: Rest My Mind