Monday, August 25, 2008

The Wayback Machine

Hail & Happy Monday those of you about to swirl in the vortex known as The Wayback Machine! Today's guest voyager knows a thing or two about creating spacey-and spaced out, music. Hence his time-travel comes as one of those "but of course" choices which still confirms the power and pull of the band he'd see.

From Brooklyn, New York, Rich Meyer of Hopewell!

Hopewell is currently working on a new release, set for '09 (I surmise), after 2007's Beautiful Targets. Following are some of the snippet reviews of the album:

"Music this cinematic and brilliant doesnt come along often, so pay attention and enjoy every note of it. Now go close your eyes and go for a flight with The Birds Of Appetite. Youre in for one hell of a ride" TRIPWIRE

"Sublime, stabbing, psychedelia. There are moments of extreme grandiosity, crushing and immense, with billowing crescendos and flattening layers of feedback but they are buffered by a sweet off-kilter romanticism. Hopewell have located the spot where the personal and universal intersect, rendering each moment both introspective and transcendental." April Long, NME

"The wistfulness of the arching melodies and general conscientious attention to production and songwriting craft will bring to mind British aces in those departments like Paul McCartney, Jeff Lynne, and (more faintly) Ray Davies." Richie Unterberger, ALL MUSIC

If I were you-and living in the States, I'd be checking their upcoming tour schedule so as to see what the fuss is about! Seems to be a "do not miss" show. (Check their website often, I know further dates are supposed to be lining up.)

So, where does our intrepid traveler want to go?

You've been given a one-time opportunity to use The Wayback Machine; what band would you like to see, in what year, and what song would you most want to see them play?

Rich: …my dream song and live show would have to be the one and only live performance for Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother with the orchestra in London, 1970, even though it was a total fiasco. They toured with a brass section after that, then eventually alone.
Since the orchestral part is so chaotic, they just couldn't get everything in sync. The conductor, avant-garde composer, Ron Geesin, had recorded everything separately for the album. It was just a mess and then everyone on stage felt really embarrassed. I believe they were initially thinking about playing multiple performances together but scratched it right away. Good stuff.

WOW! I guess if you're gonna' time-travel you might as well make it a LONG show!
Thanks Rich & our best wishes to Hopewell on the new album!


jamie said...

Nice to see ya on here Rich - good one!

Cliff said...

Interesting choice Rich made there. Every time I read a 'Wayback Machine' answer I end up thinking where I'd go, every week I'm transported to a different gig with a different group.