Ah, the silky mystique of "The Brown Note"; That earth-shattering, pants-splattering frequency zone where sounds manage to weave their way inside of you, stir up the most delicate parts of your inner-workings and rally the troops to abandon ship. While I never had a chance to see godheadSilo back in their heyday, I read enough zine articles and heard enough pre-internet folklore about the band to know that their live shows were widely regarded as a punishing display of sound and fury that left members of the audience walking away feeling nauseous. That two men could create a literal wall of sludge so physically affecting (minus the aid of computers/laptops, but merely aided by a wall of bass amps and a ridiculously large drum kit) was the stuff of legend. Their records required warning labels stating "we are not responsible for speaker damage", with more pre-internet rumblings of the band's records being engineered to essentially crack speakers in half. While the teens of the 70's had KISS to worship as a larger-than-life rock band shrouded in secrecy, godheadSilo had a lovely mystique of their own in the mid/late-90's.Read More
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The podcast is back! Episode #13 is up over on the podcast page, and features a long conversation with Sam Cohen, guitarist/songwriter/producer extraordinaire. Sam is well known for his work with Apollo Sunshine, Yellowbirds, and just released his first proper solo record (Cool It) earlier this year. Sam plays the Pickathon Festival in Portland, Oregon this weekend. Go have a listen.
I'll fully admit to taking The Helio Sequence's presence as a Pacific NW regional band for granted. They play Seattle pretty frequently, and I never go see them. Their consistency as a band is incredible, but somehow, their newest album (self-titled, on Sub Pop) pushes at their atmospheric edges, experimenting with electronic elements but still retaining an organic/human foundation. At times, the record finds The Helio Sequence sounding more relaxed yet more confident than ever. "Battle Lines" marches along stridently while still retaining a breezy, shimmery atmosphere, pining for the promise of a better day (and remaining optimistically hopeful in the process). The entire record is a great summer soundtrack, urgent in all the right places but still wistfully relaxed.
The Helio Sequence play The Neptune Theatre in Seattle on Saturday, July 11th, 2015. Tickets are available here.
I'm a big fan of the layered, textured sounds of Ruban Nielson and the space-age hybrid of psych rock and funk of his project Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Reverb.com is doing some fantastic work, and running through the band's gear setup is something I've dreamed about a few times myself. Get your ears over to the new UMO record (Multi-Love), out now on Jagjaguwar.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra plays the Capitol Hill Block Party on Saturday, July 25, 2015.