I’ve been remiss in properly adding a news story or two in the last few months. Sorry. As always, keep an eye on the Church of Hed Facebook page for more timely dispatches. Nonetheless, it’s the Holiday season, and we’ve got some relevant news to report!
Church of Hed Holiday Deal at Bandcamp
We’re currently running a promotion at our Bandcamp site giving you 35 percent off our entire digital discography. It’s a great deal and Bandcamp even makes it easy to give the discography as gifts. As more people rely on streaming services for their music consumption, downloads remain the best to truly support the musical artist. Manage your own music library; don’t let The Man do it!
Of course, CDs are also available through our Bandcamp site, and a great deal is to be had as well. Simply spend $10 on CDs and receive 4.5 albums for free — including both Church of Hed and those lovable nursing-home residents, Quarkspace. As always, thanks for the support — we appreciate and rely on it!
New Church of Hed Album coming Soon!
Work continues on the next Church of Hed album. The pieces are around 90-95 percent composed and I’d estimate recording is nearly 80-85 percent complete. The album features a mix of krautrock, spacerock, prog, and psychedelia, per usual, expressed in both shorter and longer songs. Some of them are quite catchy, but esoteric weirdness abounds throughout; so don’t you worry. Overall, it is definitely more beat-oriented compared to our last full release.
The album’s theme is essentially a postcard from (or to?) my hometown. More on that when it gets closer to release. Stan Lyon (of Quarkspace, New Druids, and Church of Hed fame) visited to add some bass and freaky guitar stylings. Dink went hard and the album benefits because of his presence.
I made a couple YouTube videos showing me working on drum beats for two of the tracks. The sound quality isn’t the best, as we were experimenting with how well the iPad worked for recording sound and video without any other hardware or embellishment.
The above video is from the title track. You’ll learn more at a later date.
This is from the last piece to be composed so it is pretty sparse — just Moog bass, a drum machine rhythm, and my live kit work. Recently, I wrote a love letter to my TrapKAT e-drum for my music technology site, TabMuse, and these videos were part of that article.
I’m getting a new music computer and audio interface soon, and will be experimenting with fresh mixing and mastering techniques, so that part of the album’s process might take longer than usual. Nonetheless, I am still shooting for an early 2018 release.
Progress continues on The Father Road Too!
I’ve also made good progress on the following Church of Hed album, the long-awaited sequel to Rivers of Asphalt, called The Father Road. All the basic tracks are composed — nearly 80 minutes worth — and some of the motifs and basic parts are recorded. Dink helped out with that process. Still looking at a late 2018 – early 2019 release for that album.
The Church of Hed Debut now a Free Download at Bandcamp
For its 15th anniversary, we decided to make the debut Church of Hed album a free download at Bandcamp. Of course, you can donate a payment as well. Many of you have already taken advantage of this deal with some actually donating. Thank you! Remember, an autographed CD copy of the debut album is available for free when you spend more than $10 on CDs at our Bandcamp site.
Well, that’s it for now. Enjoy your Holidays and stay tuned for news on our new album early in 2018. Like us on Facebook for more up to date information. Hell, you can follow us on Twitter as well.