You can hear it coming like a wall of sound. Booming thunder, roaring waves, and a hurricane of noise rain down around your ears. It's called "Ghost Ship" -- an eight-minute epic of sound and vision written by PAIK, the Detroit trio of guitarist Rob Smith, bassist Ali Clegg, and drummer Ryan Pritts. The tune is from the group's whirlwind 2002 album, The Orson Fader
and it's a perfect example of how the band's sweeping instrumentals can transport you into the middle of a story -- right when the villain enters (cue PAIK).
The band's live shows are even more consuming. Decked out in smoke, mirrors, and streaming video, PAIK plays long rock instrumentals that feel like mighty tales, full of sound and fury ("Jayne Field," "Killing Windmills," and "Stellar Meltdown en el Oceano"). And we can only assume (from the name alone) that Monster of the Absolute -- the band's forthcoming album, due out in May -- will have the same surreal qualities of living, breathing music.