The band’s unusual song titles, including “Mine the Dead Stars,” “One Giant Eyeball” and “So Far, the Natives Seem Friendly,” are drawn from Blomquist’s lifelong interest in science fiction, surrealism and spirituality.
As with the notes he plays, these titles are also chosen through visual intuition.
“I need to listen to the music and feel for an image,” he said. “It will suggest some sort of image, and the image will give me a name. “
As for the band’s name, Blomquist says on their website that it “revealed itself ... one day for no apparent reason,” but that it “represents a kind of mythical alternative universe that’s familiar and (mostly) friendly, but also only accessible by means of a transformative, shamanic journey.”
This weekend’s concert is one of four that Underwater Airport will play at Gulu-Gulu in 2014.
“One of the nice things about this music is it’s unbelievably fresh,” Blomquist said. “You can hear the birth struggle in it. Other than the polish we bring, it’s raw, it’s fresh, it’s always new.”
IF YOU GO What: Underwater Airport When: Saturday, 8 p.m. Where: Gulu-Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex St., Salem Admission: No cover Information: 978-740-8882