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Musicians emerge from an artists' collective to form psych-rock outfit Conspiracy of Angels



Conspiracy of Angels with Bridgewater Band and Aliens Vs. Robots
8 p.m. Saturday
The Blue Note
2408 N. Robinson

Conspiracy of Angels is not so much a band, as it is the arrowhead for an artist collective its Oklahoma City founders have fostered for three years. On Saturday, the experimental rock group at the movement's center will release its debut album, "Transcendelia," at The Blue Note, inviting some of the members' nearest and dearest to inject some spontaneous creativity and celebrate the possibilities of the metro arts community.

"Conspiracy of Angels refers to artists trying to make a life out of their art, and at the same time, making the world a better place," said Grayson Trice, guitarist and one of the group's founders. "There is the band, Conspiracy of Angels, but also this network of artists all working toward the same goal."

The album marries aggressive modern rock with atmospheric texturing harkening to the early days of Jefferson Airplane and the San Francisco psychedelic rock scene. Lead singer Jessica Alcorn said the numerous musicians, painters, poets, photographers and writers who have lent a hand to the collective at one time or another helped forge the band's sound through collaboration. The live shows will be no different, with aspirations of '60s-style "happenings" breaking out onstage.

"The more people that are involved, the more variables there are and the more cool surprises that can happen," she said.

Trice said that the collective isn't an exclusive fraternity where creative minds fall in line to further the group's goals, but rather a rotating roster of talent that will appear, put their artistic stamp on the group and then utilize the network for their own projects.

"This brings a lot of different people together who might have never come across each other otherwise," said Nicole Lewis, a painter loosely affiliated with Conspiracy who will be incorporated into Saturday's show. "A lot of artists who would have never met can then start planning out more shows and pull other people in. It's a way to perpetuate creative energy."

Trice said that fellow Angels are driven to contribute to the artistic community outside of their network, whether it's playing free shows or aiding creatives in need of an extra pair of hands. He said the band also has reaped rewards from benefactors inspired by the movement, donating equipment, supplies, money to help ends meet or just camaraderie.

He added that the goal is to foster momentum throughout the city to benefit music and the arts as a whole " not simply Conspiracy.

"The band is about community," Trice said. "As society becomes more and more fractured, people tend to not operate in communities as much. What makes all this worth the effort is bringing a bunch of people and their energy together. It is inspiring to be a part of something together like that."

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