Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (2014) – Only 200 printed 50 SOLD Victoria Moon (2013) – Only 300 printed 275 SOLD Alligators Eat Gumdrops (2012) – Only 200 printed SOLD OUT Butterfly Revolutions vol. 1 (2011) – Only 100 printed SOLD OUT Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 2 (2011) – Only 100 printed SOLD OUT When The Clock Starts To Wake Up We Go To Sleep (2008) – Only 200 printed SOLD OUT
Once again our moniker has made the cover of Bucketfull of Brains Magazine (bottom left corner). This issue features Mick Dillingham’s interviews with Keith Jones, the mastermind behind Fruits de Mer Records, Curvey and label mate Nathan Hall, from Soft Hearted Scientists. Order your copy here: Bucketfull of Brains
When Curvey painted Carlos’ bass drum head we unfortunately had to cut a hole in it for a microphone. The piece is the size of a CD (see the photo above). You can win this ultimate souvenir for your very own by being the first one to turn on 10 of your friends to The Luck of Eden Hall! Be the first one to get 10 people to join our Fan Club and it’s yours!
Please make a list of the 10 folks you’ve successfully brought into the fold and send it along with your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading “Drum Head Contest”. Get your friends to join our fan club by filling in the required information on the link at the right side of this page!
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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.
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
Victoria Moon 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.
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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…