Harry Grimes Treatment...
How many crows in a murder? How many ignoramuses
in a majority? How many Hellblinkis in a sextet? Common answer: enough
to make one infernal racket
Birthed full grown from the forehead of Andrew Benjamin (a.k.a. A-
Hellblinki), The Hellblinki Sextet is a Shape-Shifting conglomerate of
Augusta GAs most original and eclectic musicians serving Andrews sweaty
musical visions: Broken tooth blues in a Tux, Choral fantasies for
agnostic angels, and peg-leg waltzes on the rim of Mt. Vesuvius. In the
studio or on the stage Hellblinki is prone to suprises, sexual tension,
and dramatic release; its material is refreshingly unusual, while
remaining accessible to mortal ears.
The band has been known to perform as a true sextet, composed of male
and female vocalists; acoustic electric and bass guitars, brass and
woodwinds, multiple percussionists, violin, keyboards, samples, radio,
and various toys and empty wine bottles. In its present incarnation,
Hellblinki is Andrew the one-man band on guitar, vocals, drums and the
occasional cornet, often joined by additional percussion, strings and
voices provided by previous members of the larger group.
This Hellblinki takes its raw pirate blues into the bloody public arena
with careless abandon, and has been seen conquering entire unwary
audiences: victims halt conversation, quadruple their drink orders, and
dance like mad drunken fools, joyously participating in the madness
boiling over the boards.
Andrew plys the anxious crowd with noise-making trinkets and urges
frenzied participation, if only with their own soused howls and grunts.
For fans, and others with the misfortune of being too far afield to
attend the performances, Andrew maintains www.hellblinki.com from which
the curious can obtain worldly merchandise and glimpses of further
sonic and visual elements of Hellblinki. Through this outlet, a
dedicated Dutch DJ discovered the band and exposed the complete
Hellblinki Sextet self-titled debut CD on public radio mere weeks after
its release, generating some raucous acclaim from the Netherlands and
Norway. Athens, GA, station WUOG has also provided airplay, keeping a
recent demo in rotation for many moons now. This exposure has
stimulated responses from Illinois to Italy from excited listeners, and
has created anticipation for an opportunity to witness the live
This band is charismatic and grinningly talented,
a true joy to see perform.
Seek them out.