Sonoran Trance: The Myrrors at Dope Chapel
Forming in 2007 while its members were in high school, [Sidenote: This article was updated on 19 April 2020 to add information about Nik Rayne Safi’s stage name.] The Myrrors play
a sun-baked, mystical form of psychedelia informed by desert blues, Krautrock, free jazz, and Terry Riley-style minimalism. [Sidenote: Simpson, Paul, allmusic.com, “Myrrors Artist Biography”] The band’s lineup has changed several times throughout the years, but always retained a nucleus consisting of co-founders Nik Rayne [Sidenote: Nik Rayne is the stage name of Nik Rayne Safi, also known as N. R. Safi. Safi also records and produces as Naujawanan Baidar.] (guitar and other many other instruments) and Grant Beyschau (drums, woodwinds, and brass).
When The Myrrors stopped at Norman’s Dope Chapel on their way back from Austin’s Psych Fest in 2015, they comprised Rayne and Beyschau along with Connor Gallagher (guitar, 12-string guitar), Cody Schwartz (bass), and Miguel Urbina (violin).
Experimental composer and guitarist Sam Regan, performing as Similarity, opened for The Myrrors.