Got any plans for the possible apocalypse? Yet once again, there’s another media frenzy of internet rumors about the end of the world, currently set to occur this Friday. It’s hard to summarize what is said to happen, as there’s such an amalgamation of theories referencing demons, aliens, a collision with another planetary body, black holes– you name it, it’s in the mix. There are likely a number preppers planning to scramble for potential safety in mountain ranges, and packing their pantries to the brim.
But if there’s anyone who’s going to sell me on any “end of the world” hubbub, it’s gotta be the Brooklyn-based psych-snyth group Prince Rama. Why? Prince Rama knows what’s up. They’re already been tinkering with the remnants of the possible apocalypse through their latest concept album, Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, where, according to the Paw Tracks website, sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson “invented ten different pop bands that died during the apocalypse, channeling the ghosts of each one to perform the various songs.” On the album, they take on the form of a variety of identities, from a grunge duo called Rage Peace to Black Elk Speaks, who’s “top hit” is of a shamanistic style.
Wait…how does this work exactly? When did (or when does) Prince Rama’s imaginary apocalypse occur? The songs on the album feel nostalgic and futuristic simultaneously, creating a listening loophole where time really isn’t of the essence. Since it’s hard to guess when on the timeline Prince Rama wants to exist in relation to their make-believe egos, the easiest thing to do is to embrace their fun and fictional odyssey as they traverse through a cast of musical characters.
Renouncing the fundamental concepts of time is nothing new to Prince Rama, as Taraka has her own online manifesto dubbed “The Now Age”, which according to it’s description “cannot be named, for once named, it becomes part of a fixed moment in time, and is thus lost”. If it peaks your curiosity, give her philosophy a read. It relates to the mystical realms of Eschatology, the part of theology that deals with the ultimate destiny of humanity, where instead of there being an “end of time” there’s more of an end of an age or era. Perhaps we’re moving closer to the Now Age?
Combining their mythical take on the end of the world along with their mystical mannerisms, Prince Rama always delivers eccentric and exciting energy during their live shows. And if Friday might be the end of the world as we know it, I want to feel fine by spending my time at Comet Ping Pong eating pizza as Prince Rama performs their 15 minute excorcism on the eve of it all.
Prince Rama plays at Comet Ping Pong, Thursday 12/20/12 with Heavy Breathing; $10 at 9pm