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Where 2007’s There’s No 666 In Outer Space found Hella expanding from duo to quintet, 2011’s Tripper marks their return back to core members Spencer Seim (guitar, bass, synthesizer) and Zach Hill (drums, synthesizer). As a result, Tripper plays with a contrast of unhinged cathartic abandon and a vacuum-sealed tightness that fans of their early instrumental math-rock recordings are sure to appreciate. “Headless” is an explosive first song that opens sounding as if the listener has stumbled upon them playing mid-song. Hill’s rhythmic temper-tantrums build up to a boiling point as Seim’s guitars continuously wind upward revealing that both musicians had to blow off some steam — back in original duo form they now have plenty of room to stretch out and go crazy. “Long Hair” makes good on its name with nods to heavy rock seeping from the maelstrom of brutally loud guitars that start this number. Halfway through, Seim flirts with bellbottomed riffs as Hill releases allocated bursts of rhythmic spray. “Yubacore” is a beautiful standout track with some of the band’s most melodic noise-rock to date.

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modulation of my brain

The new Hella album combines all the great elements of their old consumer brand math rock unbridled mayhem, with a topsy turvy mix on things: on the tone, the melodies, the structures, everything, awashed with colors, textures, feedback, smashing and shredding of all kinds. it's the music equivilent of mixed colors of play dough going through a squeeze filter. Zach and Spencer have managed to make completley origional sounding music while using the same identical start stop time signature and song writing methods from the early releases 'hold your horse' is and 'the devil isn't red'. the enginuity and innovativeness of 'Tripper' is matched only by it's sheer creative genius. It lurches twists and turns, tunneling under and barreling over, inside out through multiplying valleys of loops and riff change ups, drum pops and technical melodies resonating into space.

Back to basics, and it's great

I streamed the whole thing on bandcamp a few days ago. Stripped down, it reminds you of Hold Your Horse Is. It's a gem.


A must buy!


Formed: February, 2001 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Indie rockers Hella consist of guitarist Spencer Seim and drummer Zach Hill. The two first got together in the spring of 2001, developing a following around the Sacramento area that won them a record deal on 5 Rue Christine Records. Their debut LP, Hold Your Horse Is, appeared in 2002, and established Hella's chaotic approach to instrumental noise rock. The duo proved prolific, issuing the LP Total Bugs Bunny on Wild Bass on Narnack in 2003, The Devil Isn't Red for 5RC in 2004, and the double album...
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