Sunday, June 27, 2010
[theprp.com] Helmet’s forthcoming new album “Seeing Eye Dog” has been bumped back to a September 07th North American release date through Work Song. The ten track outing will feature the songs “Welcome To Algiers“, “White City“, “Morphing” and a cover of The Beatles‘ “And Your Bird Can Sing“.
“Seeing Eye Dog” was produced by band frontman/guitarist Page Hamilton with additional production by Toshi Kasai and vocal production done by Mark Renk. Hamilton was joined by drummer Kyle Stevenson, guitarist Dan Beeman and bassist Chris Traynor for the recording sessions. Dave Case will serve as the bands live bassist.
Speaking on “Seeing Eye Dog” Hamilton had the following to offer:
“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. 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.
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 2nd 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.”
Furthermore, “Seeing Eye Dog” will be issued in the following variety of formats:
- Digital Version – “Seeing Eye Dog” along with a bonus live effort recorded at a 2006 performance in San Francisco, CA.
- Two Disc Physical Version – “Seeing Eye Dog” along with a bonus live effort recorded at a 2006 performance in San Francisco, CA.
- Limited Edition Double 180g Vinyl Version – “Seeing Eye Dog” along with a bonus live effort recorded at a 2006 performance in San Francisco, CA.
- Limited Edition Deluxe – “Seeing Eye Dog” and 2006 live album 2-CD set/digital/180g vinyl, signed packaging, custom Helmet USB key featuring four additional live albums.
- Super Deluxe – “Seeing Eye Dog” and 2006 live album 2-CD set/digital/180g vinyl, signed packaging, custom Helmet USB key featuring four additional live albums. Gold Laminate/tour access component
Meanwhile, Hamilton also spoke out on the bands recent decision to digitally reissue their 1994 effort “Betty“, here’s what he had to say:
“It was written on the heels of the “Meantime” tour after a Grammy nomination and gold record which were strange and totally unexpected for a Lower East Side band. The whole thing threw me for a bit of a loop; my life was in total upheaval after a split with my then-fiance now ex-wife. It was a fuck-you to the music biz/mainstream that had discovered our indie world of Amphetamine Reptile, Sub Pop, Touch and Go, Discord, SST etc…etc… I never considered myself indier than thou but I never embraced the crap that grew out of Helmet or Nirvana or Fugazi or The Jesus Lizard or Melvins etc… Anyway, it was a weird time but the album holds up musically so it’s being re-issued.”
Posted by Dan Goldin at 5:26 PM