The Gold Web bring their psychedelic onstage frenzy to the small screen with ‘The Emperor’ | Bleader

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The Gold Web bring their psychedelic onstage frenzy to the small screen with ‘The Emperor’

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In the Reader's 2015 Best of Chicago issue, Sasha Geffen declared glam-rock group the Gold Web the "best onstage psychedelic costume party." In case you haven't had the pleasure of seeing the band's menagerie of outfits and props in person, this month they released a video for "The Emperor," the glittery, swooning lead single from their brand-new third album, Acidchrist Superspice & the Candyboys.

The riotously colorful clip is pretty hard to sum up—it's not like there's a narrative to follow—but you get to see women smearing cake on their faces, front man Max Perenchio (aka the Silver Wizard) chased across the screen by a string of time-delayed duplicates of himself as he tickles his guitar, and somebody in wings, an eyepatch, and a leopard-print bodysuit smashing a watermelon with a huge hammer. Often the background is swapped out via green screen for the goopy flow of a liquid light show—you know, that classic psych-band stage projection that looks like Falkor the Luckdragon just vomited the contents of a lava lamp.

The Gold Web open for the Vista Kicks at Reggie's Music Joint on Friday, February 23, and on that small stage their psychedelic fever dream ought to seem even bigger than life.

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