Helium Head is like classic rock on bath salts and a case of energy bars. A jacked-up album firing on all cylinders. Mutoid Man is Stephen Brodsky of Cave In and Ben Koller of Converge, now joined by bassist Nick Cageao.
Though its breezy half-hour leaves plenty that sticks and plenty more worth revisiting when it doesn’t. A balance of rousing barn-burners and slower, sweeter break-up/make-up ballads keeps it moving.
An aural product of the ’90s, it is less punk, more pop-punk. More streamlined and stadium-sized, just as suitable for a tour with Avril Lavigne or Tegan and Sara as the Black Keys or Japandroids.
His is a sound of grizzled vocals and dark melody, its lyrics chiseled out of late night thoughts and dark humor.
The album finds it’s inspiration in various worldwide underground rock scenes from the 1960s through the 80s: American psychedelia, Germany’s Krautrock, acid-soaked Spanish prog-rock and synthy, early-80s oddities.
If you’re looking for supercharged punk with a mix of skate rock, blues and psychedelic proto-metal, it’s time to check out Hot Lunch.
Vinyl addicts mark your calendar! We are back on Saturday May 3rd at the Maratime Hall for the 7th installment of the Halifax Record Fair. Local DJs Uncle Fester and Jorun Bombay will be provinding the soundtrack for your digging pleasure!