Classic Rock, Bizzare, or Blues to Choose.
Joe Nickell - Nickell's Bag
Blink Your Ears
life is a movie for us to sample. Your life is a movie and you
are in a movie and, uh, the frames go by at one speed."So begins "The
End," the first song on "Oratory," a freakshow pastiche masquerading as
an album by Asheville, N.C.-based band the Hellblinki Sextet. In
just that first song you'll hear operatic warbling, Midlle Eastern
fiddling, jingling tamborines, and some guy ranting and growling about
something. If this is a soundtrack to the movie of life, the
musicians of Hellblinki must be seriously tripping.
is littered with found sound, strange answering machine recordings,
trumpets, and acoustic guitars alongside clinking wine-bottles and toy
instruments. (Check out this post at Nickellbag.com for some choice
musical samples.) It is as theatrical as it is musical - perhaps more
so, as in "Wicked World," a stomping Psychedelic dirge marching behind
the sinister-carnie vocals of Andrew Benjamin: "Take a look into my
eyes and tell me what you see. Does something in here frighten you or
does it set you free? I tell you of my petty dreams and petty miseries,
oh take a look into my eyes and tell me what you see."
I see a dude who shouldn't be allowed to perform for children, lest he inspire a lifetime of nightmares.
is, the band's shows are even more bizzare and revelatory than their
album. "The Hellblinki Sextet's pirate cabaret is something that needs
to be seen as well as heard to garner its full scope," wrote one critic
at Athens, Ga.'s The Flagpole. "Enamored of audience
participation, Benjamin showered dime-store noisemakers on the crowd,
imploring the audience to join into the aural disarray... It was a
Catch the show yourself when the Hellblinki
Sextet plays the Badlander on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Smokestack and The
Foothill Fury will also perform.