Formed in 1995 by Makoto Kawabata along with the Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective with the intention of creating “extreme trip music” by editing and overdubbing earlier recordings, influenced by progressive rock, Karlheinz Stockhausen and krautrock, Acid Mothers Temple released their debut album in 1997 on PSF Records (Japan), which was selected as one of the best albums of the year by The Wire magazine (UK). Since then, the band has released around 80 albums on labels in various countries up to 2017. Since 1998, Acid Mothers Temple has toured extensively throughout the US and Europe each year, and more recently has begun performing in Asia and Japan. The band has performed in collaboration with many musicians, including psychedelic originators Gong and Guru Guru, Simeon (Silver Apples), Nik Turner (Hawkwind) and traditional Occitan singer Rosina de Peira. Japanese collaborators include Afrirampo, Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins), Maso Yamazaki (Masonna), Seiichi Yamamoto (Boredoms), Jun Kuriyama (The Ox), and many others. In the early days, the band had a loose line-up with contributions from many members of the AMT Soul Collective. But as touring became more frequent, the band began to coalesce around a core group. In 2016, 21 years after the band was founded, there was a major line-up change and ‘Next Generation’ was added to the name. Its members now consider those first 20 years as the first chapter of their history, and are now turning the page to begin the second chapter, which we’ll be delighted to write with them in Angers at their concert at Levitation France 2024!