By Nathan Ford
As baffling oversights go, the non-household name status of The Luck of Eden Hall must be right up there. Formed in Chicago in 1989, these chaps have built a sizable back of gems that even the most uptight, tone deaf, besuited major label music executive would have to admit are hits in the waiting. The fact that these guys didn’t have their pick of the major labels during the heyday of college rock vexes me greatly.
“Victoria Moon” is another chapter in The Luck of Eden Hall’s extremely consistent story and contains everything I love about them; songs that combine dense and inventive neo-psychedelia with appealing and approachable indie rock embellishments that ensure appeal beyond ‘genre’ listeners, immaculate production flourishes, lyrics that enthusiastically embrace the colorful end of the psychedelic spectrum (“Sassafras Overcoat”), and effortless hooks (both instrumental and vocal) that most bands would kill for. Business as usual then.
They’ve toned back the buzzsaw guitars of their last album “Alligators Eat Gumdrops” a little and really centred in on the psychedelic details here, the title track in particular featuring some lovely mellotron and a heavily treated orchestral explosion ala the Beatles, resulting in a track that’s halfway between the melancholy of “A Day In The Life” and the Smashing Pumpkins at their subdued but epic peak.
That in a nutshell is a pretty good indicator of The Luck of Eden Hall’s sound – they throw in all the psychedelic tricks (phasing, backwards tapes – you name it), but their songs contextualize these period trappings into something much more contemporary – a thrilling alternative to their peers who often either seem to stick rigorously to the vintage rulebook, or add a whole bunch of reverb and shoegaze elements and called themselves new psychedelia.
“Zap” is another highlight (hard to pick highlights as The Luck of Eden Hall don’t write filler), a concise effects laden psych pop gem with staccato snarework (these guys always get a great drum sound that invariably reminds me of Jimmy Chamberlin’s crisp snare drum sound), a killer chorus and subtle “Good Vibrations” / “Mars Attacks” style theremin accompaniment. And while this may sound like the sort of detail that ensures a specific genre audience rather than widespread appeal, they have a way of making the most esoteric touches entirely listener friendly.
In short – it’s been twenty four years people, where have you been? If you are yet to discover the considerable charms of The Luck of Eden Hall “Victoria Moon” is the place to start.
This extended interview is part of a story about Fruits de Mer Records and their success over the past five years. Curvey talks about The Luck of Eden Hall’s history with the label and their new release Victoria Moon.
Goldmine Magazine Interview
Victoria Moon is born! Up next is the release of a wonderful film called The Stream featuring original soundtrack music by Curvey. A moving adventure where you need the force of friendship to prevail.
Take your kids to the movies for a great cause! Regal Cinemas premieres “The Stream” on October 18th , a family comedy benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs Of America. For up-to-date information about the movie and details regarding the BGOA charity, visit “The Stream”, the Dreaming Tree Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs Of America, and Robert Petril “Design On The Edge”.
Distribution for the film in other countries (including France and Germany) are in the works and the DVD release is set for Spring of 2014.
Premiere: October 18, 2013
Director: Estlin Feigley
Main Cast: Christopher Gorham, Mario Lopez, Kelly Rutherford, Rainn Wilson
- See more at: http://askmissa.com/2013/09/16/movie-mission-stream-benefit-boys-girls-clubs-america/#sthash.4h1xH1VD.dpuf
Our name made the cover of the current issue of Bucket Full of Brains including an in depth interview with Curvey. Get one!
Bucket Full of Brains Blogspot
Curvey assembling Victoria Moon booklets.
is a limited edition CD (only 300)
housed in an individually numbered double gate-fold sleeve, including a 12 page booklet with liner notes, lyrics, thank yous and a sticker. All kept in a resealable plastic bag. Released on September 20th, 2013.
230 have already sold!
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2013 UK Tour
8/7 @ the Three Cranes Pub, Sheffield
8/8 @ the 13th Note, Glasgow
8/9 @ the Castle Cellar Bar, Cardigan
8/10 @ the Borderline, London
Eight Miles High
The Luck of Eden Hall
The Luck of Eden Hall is a music group from Chicago that for more than two decades has silently recorded and released a number of psychedelic pop arabesques of comparable quality to such past artefacts as e.g. those of The Dukes of Stratosphear and other such old purveyors of brilliant psych pop. We realized all these facts relatively recently with great surprise through Fruits de Mer Records releases; so we made sure to get in touch with Curvey, apparently the mastermind of the band with the strange name. Then we listened to their latest album ‘Alligators Eat Gumdrops’ and were even more excited about their case. As they prepare for a new album in 2013 (and have already released a single from it on the net), we thought it was now time to introduce them in more detail to Wild Thing readers. So here is what Curvey told us in an interview…
Wild Thing Interview
BUTTERFLY REVOLUTIONS VOL 1&2
Limited Edition Double LP on Colored Vinyl (200)/ Black Vinyl (300)
2011 was the year of ‘THE BUTTERFLY’ and during that year LUCK OF EDEN HALL released their ambitious magnum opus ‘Butterfly Revolutions’ as two subsequent volumes seperately on CD. Now these volumes are combined in this stunning DOUBLE LP, housed in a majestic 350 gram GATEFOLD sleeve, including an insert with lyrics and photo’s, with two slabs of 180 gram vinyl. Named after a 13th century drinking glass made in Spain that’s reputed to be a fairy cup with mystical powers, The Luck Of Eden Hall have been casting their own psychedelic fairy dust over this double-LP. What we have here are 24 ‘mind-expanding’ songs full of ’60s influences (from the Beatles and the Byrds to Stones, Love and Floyd) filtered with today’s sound. A mix of melodic, dreamy psychedelically catchy tunes that sometimes become a little heavier or more rock-oriented, all dressed with nice vocals, interesting effects and great musicianship. The Luck Of Eden Hall really knows how to write brilliant, melodic, catchy and beautiful pop/rock tunes! Some say they might be at their best on the dreamy, soft ballads but these guys can also rock out with a heavy, fuzz-filled touch and at times they expand into highly psychedelic, hallucinatory worlds.
Search our Interviews page for “Feet on the ground. Head to the ceiling.” An interesting conversation with Mr. Atavist about Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1 & 2!
Number 200 was purchased today, meaning the final copy of our limited edition hand embossed Alligators Eat Gumdrops CDs has sold here at TLoEH H.Q.. You can still pick up copies at a few of our distributors, Clear Spot, Record Heaven, CD Baby, Hey Day Mail Order and others (a very limited supply so don’t delay). This is perfect timing as we are already in full gear working on videos, artwork and recording our next album Victoria Moon, which we promise to be a guaranteed throwback to the future! Stay tuned for the release of a video single for Sassafras Overcoat, coming very soon…
The Luck of Eden Hall performed live on WZRD FM February 28th, 2013. Listen to the show in it’s entirety! Featuring: Curvey / Vox & Guitar, Mark Lofgren / Bass & Vox, Jim Licka / Mellotron & Moog, Carlos Mendoza / Drum kit.