Gnos­tic rock: Cat­nip Tea

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - — Paul Wei­de­man

The Santa Fe band Cat­nip Tea cel­e­brates the re­lease of its new CD, Ouro­bo­re­alis, with a con­cert at Ghost (2899 Trades West Road) at 8 p.m. on Fri­day, Aug. 7. The al­bum is full of heavy, solid rock fea­tur­ing clar­ion guitar lines, strong drum­ming, and trippy vo­cals, some­times call­ing to mind Pink Floyd, The Ra­mones, or Queens of the Stone Age. Gui­tarist Mil­jen Alji­novic said Ouro­bo­re­alis is a 10-part mu­si­cal nar­ra­tive “steeped in var­i­ous spir­i­tual, gnos­tic, and oc­cult sym­bol­ism” that was recorded over the course of five years. The mem­bers call their mu­sic “grok rock” — the term “grok” was coined by Robert A. Hein­lein in his novel Stranger in a Strange Land to de­note im­me­di­ate, deep un­der­stand­ing of a thing. “We con­sider our mu­sic a way to grok our lives, and our in­ten­tion is to help oth­ers grok theirs,” Alji­novic said. “Live shows are just an ef­fort to grok one another — to­gether.” The other mem­bers are Nikola Alji­novic (vo­cals, keys), Jack­son Mathey (drums), and Daniel Lock­ley and David Bad­stub­ner (bass). Do­na­tions are ac­cepted. Call 505-603-5079 for in­for­ma­tion.

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