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Friday, July 08, 2005

The Loud Report: Hella, "Song From Uncle" and "We Was Just Boys..."
Hella hails from the capital of California and, as you might guess from the name, is a California band in every way: bearded and crunchy, neon-colored and showy, digital and frivolous as a 3D remake of Frogger and yet suspiciously redolent of D&D... and finally just really loud, messy and monstrous. Hella's debut album Hold Your Horse Is was totally chaotic and totally anthemic all at once. It made you want to lift a lighter in the air and then flail wildly with it, igniting the hair of your neighbors in the stadium crowd. With their new double album, Church Gone Wild/Chirpin' Hard, the duo is pulling an Outkast, giving each disc over to the creative direction of one member. If the sample tracks "We Was Just Boys, Living in a Dead Ass German Shepard" and "Song From Uncle" are any evidence, drummer Zach Hill handles Church according to the (still glorious) math-psych-noise arrhythmia script, whereas guitarist Spencer Seim pushes the band's always-latent lust for Nintendo soundtracks to new heights of - dare I say it? - accessibility. Check them both out along with other delights at the band's media page.
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