When Maserati first began performing new songs for their next album, the one that immediately stood out with audiences was “Pyramid of the Sun,” a chugging behemoth driven, as usual, by one of the best rhythm sections in underground rock. It was an instant fan favorite and quickly cemented itself as an institutional song that would surely show up in the set list virtually every night for years to come.
Unbeknownst to fans, there was an alternate version of the song that took the head-nodding heaviness of the original to dramatic lengths and depths that catapults Maserati above and beyond the underground rock niche they had populated for nearly a decade.
Never originally intended for release, “Pyramid of the Moon” was born as a scribbled idea in drummer Gerhardt Fuch’s journal while on tour, hatched in the studio as an extended jam captured while recording the forthcoming album, Pyramid of the Sun.
The true story could not sound more fabled if we tried: Jeremy deVine of Temporary Residence was accidentally sent rough mixes by the recording engineer, followed by a panicked e-mail from the members of Maserati cautioning that they were rough sketches that should be ignored. Among those was “Pyramid of the Moon,” which instantly became an office favorite. The band were convinced to complete it and release it, with mixing duties assigned to deVine and John Congleton (The Roots, Baroness).
The result is 9 minutes of Big Beat-influenced psych-rock that paints a vivid mental picture of exhilarating car chases and death-defying spy stunts. In other words, it’s another brilliant Maserati jam.
Not to be overshadowed, the b-side features a side-long remix by The Field, wherein the original track’s natural propulsion is carved into a meditative counterpoint disco epic that draws a straight line from Maserati to Steve Reich.
Cat. number: TRR171LP