Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Mainline To Hell

2006 was a good year for music a really good year in fact. One that brought us triumphant returns from old favourites, self assured sophmore releases from relative newcomers and more than its fair share of surprise additions along the way. Among those surprises is the London based ten strong collective The Flowers Of Hell, who have been gently plugging away since they drifted together in 2005 over the course of a series of releases for the Shifty Disco singles club. The band counts within its number a glut of talent, side players from bands the likes of The Tindersticks, British Sea Power and newcomers The Early Years.

The group blend a majestic storm of drone and guitar into orchestral arrangements that call to mind The Velvet Underground & Nico and Spiritualized circa "Laser Guided Melodies." Which makes it fairly ironic that that the band found their mentor in Gary 'Sonic Boom' Kember the very man who acrimoniously split with the laters Jason 'Spaceman' Pierce after a fruitful career together as Spaceman 3.

The self titled debut album was released in November 2006 on Earworm records was produced by Tim Holmes of Death In Vegas at the Contino Rooms. Mastering for the record was done Dennis Blackman whose previous credits include Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" and raft of classic releases from the likes of T-Rex, Elvis and Led Zeppelin. Along with mentoring the group in the earlier incarnation Sonic Boom also collaborated with the band on the track "Through The F Hole" one of several standouts on the album along with the lenghty song that forms the backbone of the album "Opt Out." A swirling monster of understated guitars and violins that ebbs and flows like Spiritualized at their most incandescent and Godspeed You! Black Emperor at their most apocalyptic.

The Flowers From Hell - Opt Out


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