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Hella: Concentration Face / Homeboy [CD/DVD]Concentration Face / Homeboy [CD/DVD] (2005)
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On their newest release, Concentration Face / Homeboy, Hella are, well...Hella. The masters of spaz return once again with a four-song EP full of new material. The catch is that there's only four songs, and they span over half an hour. Their penchant for long-winded, free-form freakouts are well.
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On their newest release, Concentration Face / Homeboy, Hella are, well...Hella.

The masters of spaz return once again with a four-song EP full of new material. The catch is that there's only four songs, and they span over half an hour. Their penchant for long-winded, free-form freakouts are well documented, and this album is more of the same. The guitar and drum duo of Zach Hill and Spencer Seim have developed such a solid chemistry over the years that even music such as they're playing sounds perfectly fluid and cohesive, for the most part.

With only two members to the band, you have to do something wildly different on every single song to keep the sound from growing stale, and they're able to meet with some success in that vein. The eleven-minute "Gothspel for You Not Them" is all about creating mayhem. The guitar and drums fly by at an astronomical pace, and even during their slowed down periods, the amount of effects thrown into the mix is enough to keep the song engaging. To many, it's going to sound like just a whole lot of noise, but as with every Hella record you have to strain to dig into the layers and pull something out that you'll truly enjoy. "Gothspel" goes through so many different musical stages that it's hard to really take it all in as one song, and the same can be said of the closer, also eleven minutes long, "If I Were in Hella, I Would Eat Lick." This song is much less structured than the former, opting for a lot of odd guitar effects, but it still does have several stages of development that can make it both a task and a reward to really take in.

What's most alluring about the album however isn't the new songs, it's the 2nd disc, a DVD that compiles footage from various Hella sets on their most recent Japanese tour.

The DVD contains just about 3 hours worth of footage, which is not exactly a meager amount. The sets perfectly illustrate the live chaos that the band is the cause of, and the sheer energy that goes into playing each and every song. It's pretty remarkable just how interesting it can be to watch a band like Hella play together. There's only two men, the guitarist stays more or less stationary, and still, to see them play these songs live is impressive to behold. All the squealing of the guitars and abuse of the cymbals is captured by the camera, and the longer you watch, the less it seems possible that what they're playing is actually feasible.

The new EP offering from Hella isn't their best material by any means, but it's solid just the same. What really makes owning this worth it is the bonus DVD, which never stops impressing.

 

 
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Anonymous (January 24, 2007)

Hella is the Jimi Hendrix of today. I think they will blossom some day.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (February 16, 2006)

Goddamn. I BLOODY NEED THIS.

Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

I do love this band.

istapledmyfoot (February 15, 2006)

Funky - you're right the documentary is a little wierd. Entertaining, solid, but wierd. What you (I) end up watching over and over is the live show. Over and over.

UncleFunkyPants (February 14, 2006)

I've only watched the first part of the DVD, not the live show, but so far, it's pretty weird. There are some cool parts and Hella is always awesome, but it's like a DVD that I would expect from them, non-traditional and awkward at points. There's almost NO dialogue and not really any story, which would have made it more entertaining to watch.
The CD is good though.

istapledmyfoot (February 14, 2006)

I bet this isn't as good as the new Matchbook Romance.

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

how can anyone hate cd/dvd combos? thats retarded. i love the scene when zach gets a ridiculously painful charley horse and must stop the show...great dvd.

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

the EP is growing on me, the first song is a joy but the DVD is really what makes this worth it. A full hour and a half documentary PLUS an entire unedited concert?? And it should be mentioned the visual and.. aural? quality is incredible. This is the best thing since the Power of Salad. and milkshakes.

davebrave4 (February 14, 2006)

I hate CD/DVD combos.

Just so you know.

Anchors (February 14, 2006)

The DVD was terrific footage, no doubt, but I think that the EP is some of the poorest stuff they've done. It's got bits and pieces of great ideas, but it's largely inconsistent. The DVD gave the album an extra two stars on its own.

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

i will give this a 10

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

Just a 6, Anchors?

The DVD was by far one of the most entertaining things ever. The way they put that together alone makes this more than a 60% effort.

-Will

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