Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – Born to be Wild in the USA 2000

Born to be Wild in the USA 2000 is a one-time CD release, remastered from a live LP that was recorded during the Acid Mothers Temple’s tour of the US in 2000. The remastering did not do much to improve the quality of these recordings, as they sound as if they were recorded with a hand-held microphone by a fan standing in the middle of a small crowd at an outdoor show. Even with the bootleg quality, long-time fans will be pleased to see this disc considering the original 1000 LP pressings disappeared quickly the year they hit the streets.

If you’re not already into Acid Mothers Temple or have not heard the band yet, this is probably not the place to start. The U.F.O. in the band’s name stands for Underground Freak Out and provides some insight as to the type of music played. The five live songs here are not so much songs as they are raging, acid-rock jams filled with pounding bass and wailing, screeching guitar solos on top of chugging, machine-gun drumming amid walls of distortion and feedback.

Makoto Kawabata, the mastermind behind Acid Mothers Temple, is a self-proclaimed “psychedelic speed freak.” The opening track, “Acid Tokion 2000,” along with the second track, “La Novia,” leave the listener with no doubt about that. The former starts with a four-minute feedback-heavy, wailing electric guitar solo that picks up speed after adding some pounding bass and crashing cymbals. The tempo keeps increasing for three more minutes until the song breaks down to solitary feedback squeal. The latter is 13-minute opus that hits you in the face with a wall of thundering bass, hammering guitars, and drums to which Kawabata adds his blistering, alien guitar atmospherics. The speed-freak label is again confirmed on the fourth track, “Speed Guru,” which consists of more of the same wild, noisy improvisations. “Pink Lady Lemonade” is a little easier on the ears by leaning more towards 70s space-rock territory while maintaining the psychedelic underpinnings. The disc closes with a short bit of feedback and distortion with some indecipherable vocal yelps.

The generic purple DigiPak with a lone skull and crossbones on the back cover and the lack of any information, other than a sticker of the original LP cover art on the front cover, make it difficult to figure out just what this release is and will most likely not attract any new fans. But given the history of Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O., the intent here is not to garner mass appeal but to provide a vehicle for anyone brave enough to join the band on its trip into the psychedelic space-rock universe.