Live Music Scene
I may have missed something obvious here but in trying to work out what the name means there were only three possibilities I could think of. The first was that Hreda is a town in the Czech Republic, the second that someone mistyped ŌheardÕ somewhere and thought it was as good a name for a band as any. The third possibility, after putting the name into Google, is that they are named after the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance. Well I hear that since those pesky Romans curbed their imperialistic tendencies the Hampton crew have paved the way when it comes to road technology. ItÕs quite reasonable to believe that they could be honoured in musical form. Anyway, letÕs talk about the music for a second shall we?
Like that Talons band I reviewed, this press release has a list of similar bands that this band has played with. I always consider these sort of things a bit unnecessary and showy-offy but what the hey. This is soon to be released on 7Ó by Ingue records and IÕd be quite interested to see how they fair up on vinyl considering the length of their songs (quite long, but then again this is Ōpost-rockÕ). This isn't a particularly bad release as far as this sort of thing goes. I mean, post-rock has been done to death a bit now but this is quite fresh I guess. The first track Š ŌMinnowsÕ Š is a lot better than the B side ŌDead HorsesÕ. Quite twinkly and surprisingly they donÕt rely too heavily on delay pedals. Hitting one note, then waiting ten minutes to hit another. Blah. So yeah, thumbs up for that. The second track I found a bit boring but it is a B side I suppose. They kinda remind me of early Mogwai, If These Trees Could Talk and some of the instrumental sections off of the Low Level Owl album by Appleseed Cast. The cdr I have has a JPEG of the band but every time I try to click on it my computer breaks. To MySpace! This isn't too bad Š a so-so-better-than-most new post-rock bands release.
die shell suit, die!
So rare is it to find a sound as full as that displayed by Hreda, then take into account that this is only a 3 pronged attack, a trio of members and well, the awe meter fills right up.
In a similar manner that records by virtuoso turntablist will never quite replicate the visceral experience of a club set, home listening of one-man Worcester post-rock machine Theo’s output will likely always play second fiddle to his impressive live set up. Nevertheless, ‘Encouragement’, a soundtrack to two short films, bristles with looped magic that has led to Theo’s name being whispered in cult reverence among the instrumental guitar music fraternity. Opener ‘Invested In Defence’ sends tingles up spines, building layer upon layer with the dynamics of Battles, until the results swirl around your head; only the vaguely punch-less drums are less than mesmerising. ‘Fortress’ meanders more, and though ‘Gallant’ never quite delivers on its anticipation construction, as it disappears into the ether, one pressing question remains: with music this emotive, why doesn’t every other film - from shorts to blockbusters - employ a post-rock score?