Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Hal Al Shedad

Atlanta trio The Hal Al Shedad blends sheer unbridled chaos with thoughtful introspection, revealing a remarkable artistic depth that goes beyond simple hardcore fury. While taking plenty of cues from such truly angry bands as The Monorchid and Unwound, The Hal Al Shedad also goes on arty Sonic Youth-style tangents, and sometimes even explores the dreamy side of indie rock in the manner of Seam’s early records. It’s an electrifying combination that will make your every neck hair stand on end. The threesome has released a seven-inch, “Running and Falling,” and a pair of LPs, their 1997 self-titled debut and 1999’s Textures of Tomorrow, featuring “Machine Gun” and “Walking Blind Dancing.” While The Hal Al Shedad offers plenty of guitar pyrotechnics and vocal anguish, it’s their ability to create tension by inserting rambling, oddly peaceful interludes between the moments of fury that makes them such a mature and complex talent.



Blogger Karl said...

You should also note that they released a split 7" with Rainer Maria on the Tree label. "Solitaire" was the hal al-Shedad track; the Rainer Maria track was "Pincushion" (although misidentified as "Black In The Eye" on the compilation CD). Another 7" has "Local Seeing" and "That One".

12:10 PM  
Blogger weleasewoger72 said...

Oh yeah and the split 72 with Rainer Maria! I already posted that one a while back but Southern records told me to remove it.

11:49 PM  
Blogger James Joyce said...

Hey Stephen - thanks for posting the album! We toured the UK back in '97 and played at a pub in London on the day that Princess Di was killed. As you can imagine, people were not so excited about seeing an American postpunk band that night. Anyhow, we released 6 singles in our time: Sound of Swords Clashing, Split 7" with Inkwell, Symbol of Sound Progress, Simba EU Tour 7", Running and Falling, and the Split 7" with Rainer Maria. All of these and several bonus tracks were compiled on a singles collection CD, which you can now get from Stickfigure Records I believe. I post a lot of this stuff, including flyers, live sets, pictures, etc. on my Beyond Failure blog: http://beyondfailure.blogspot.com/ Thanks again.

6:36 AM  
Blogger weleasewoger72 said...

Hi James. Thanks for the feedback. I think I saw you guys on the same tour but not in London. I think it was in Cambridge or Leeds (i went to so many shows around that time).
Will check out the blog.

2:12 AM  

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