Helmet to Release Seeing Eye Dog in September
Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:14:35
Helmet, one of the key bands of the alt/hard rock scene of the mid to late '90s, will release Seeing Eye Dog, their first album since 2006's Monochrome. They will tour the US to support the new release, which is smart. Release an album and tour behind it. That's how you get the word out.
Marking their first release on the indie label Work Song, with physical distribution by Redeye and direct-to-fan digital delivery by Topspi, Seeing Eye Dog is their seventh album overall and was produced by band leader, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Page Hamilton. It is ten tracks strong, including a cover of The Beatles' "And Your Bird Can Sing."
"The Helmet musical vocabulary is well-established at this point, but I continue to work on a variety of musical projects that inevitably influence the Helmet songs," said Hamilton in a statement. "I've been working on movies with Elliott Goldenthal and co. for 17 years now and had never really experimented with incorporating these soundscapes, or shit-sculpting as I prefer to call it, into Helmet songs. We had a much better recording situation in which I felt much less time pressure and was working with an engineer who was patient and very creative (Toshi Kasai) so away we went. I started layering upper parts of the chords and was digging the sound so I went with it."
He added, "It's so important to have great musicians in this band as we track the music with my guitar and the drummer and then overdub the second guitar and bass. I can't stand the sound and anti-human feel of edited rock music. People have always commented that we sound like our albums live. This has a lot to do with it. Humans playing music will always be better than chop shop rock so one has to find the right players."
What is your favorite alt-rock band? What Beatles song would you like to see Helmet cover?