Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hydra Head Bands Helms Alee and Mammifer Tour w/ Isis!

6/20 Seattle, Washington @ Neumo's w/ Thrones
6/22 San Jose, California @ The Blank Club
6/23 San Francisco, California @ Great American Music Hall
6/24 Los Angeles, California @ Henry Fonda Theater

If you're unfamiliar with these supporting outfits, the good folks at Hydra Head want to fill you in;

MAMIFFER can be considered the new and improved EVERLOVELY LIGHTNINGHEART, in that they're led by a key member of ELLH (Faith Coloccia) and the song structures are more deliberate/solidified. Aaron Turner (of ISIS) and Travis Rommereim (also of ELLH) are the other permanent fixtures in the group... Aaron plays guitar, Travis percussion, Faith on piano. MAMIFFER's Hydra Head debut, "HIRROR ENNIFFER," features a revolving cast of seasoned musicians: Brian Cook (THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES), Annie Hozoji Matheson-Marqullis (HELMS ALEE, LOZEN) Chris Common (THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES) and Ryan Frederickson (THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES). "HIRROR ENNIFFER," maintains the artful ambiguousness of an EVERLOVELY LIGHTNINGHEART release, while walking the line of musical tangibility... and that ain't easy.

"NIGHT TERROR," HELMS ALEE'S debut full length on Hydra Head, is the kind of record, that upon first listen, irks you for not having heard it already... You know... hearing it immediately makes you think to phone your savvy boatsman of a buddy, thinking maybe you can be the first in-the-know this time. So you do... and he says he saw 'em play the other week... but us, the omniscient readers, know that he hadn't seen 'em the other week or heard of 'em for that matter... he was at home watching Arrested Development w/ the rest of the world, which is acceptable, maybe. Back to Helms Alee: Ben Verellen (HARKONEN) exudes a brilliant range of vocal and guitar tonalities on, "NIGHT TERROR." It is as heavy as it melodic and nothing is lost in the exchange.

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