Thursday, February 19, 2015

HIRAM-MAXIM + Steel for Brains

"In the spirit of labels like Hydra Head or Sacred Bones, Brooklyn's Aqualamb Records was born from the desire to place as much value on the aesthetic of a physical release as the music itself. The label's first release of 2015 is a murky psychedelic venture into a darkness that immediately seems familiar to the Ummagumma days of Pink Floyd... The album's congruence of spacious ambience and hissing electronics makes for the kind of pulsing abrasion that's immediately and infectiously rewarding."
–Steel for Brains

"[Hiram-Maxim's] 'Visceral' builds into an apocalyptic fervor before dissipating into a cloudy haze and ending before you've had your fill. Thankfully there's a whole album of these brutal-but-beautiful goodies. Even better, it's going to be released on Aqualamb Records – a label that specializes in publishing 33 1/3-esque picture books alongside their audio releases."

–VICE

"Band of the Week... The band's forthcoming debut mixes elements of noise, post-rock and punk."

–Cleveland Scene

"More like an experiment in the deconstruction of sound than an album in the traditional sense... In another universe, one might call it punk rock. Here, it is gleefully and thoroughly fucked up."

–The Obelisk

"Pink Floyd-esque progressive rock nuances and Oxbow-style weirdness... Noisy, psychedelic and just plain odd."

–American Aftermath

As Aqualamb Records readies the March 3rd release of Hiram-Maxim's self-titled debut, Steel for Brains has premiered the album's sprawling, 11-minute lament, "One." 


Stream Hiram-Maxim's "One," here.


From Cleveland, Ohio, new quartet Hiram-Maxim plumbs the darkest depths of psych, conjuring an experimental, improvisational death-blues that has some critics saying Pink Floyd, others, Oxbow, others, punk rock.

Steel for Brains editor Jonathan Dick calls it "
a murky psychedelic venture into a darkness that immediately seems familiar to the Ummagumma days of Pink Floyd... The album's congruence of spacious ambience and hissing electronics makes for the kind of pulsing abrasion that's immediately and infectiously rewarding."

Equally cool is Aqualamb Records, a Brooklyn label owned by graphic designers Eric Palmerlee and Johnathan Swafford, whose releases take the form of 100-page, bound, printed books – essentially, each album's art and liner notes, traditionally confined to an LP gatefold, a CD booklet, or the screen of some music-playing device, are reconfigured into book form. It is a glorious new approach that might well set a trend.

Pre-order Hiram-Maxim from Aqualamb Records, here.

Hiram-Maxim, live:
Feb 21 - Cleveland, OH  @ Superelectric w/ Goldmines
May 6 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland w/ Six Organs of Admittance