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- Tripper by Hella
6/10 Dave Staff review, 14 September 2011
Hella return with their token brand of hi jinks..."Tripper" is its name and it's the usual from these Sacramentonians(?) which is a damn sight more than possibly a million other bands you might care to mention. Call them what you like, free metal, math rock, speed country(?), you cant deny the power of this two piece. They dabbled in the full band sound for a bit, a five piece actually, but have stripped back their numbers and are a twosie again. Who knows why, creative differences? Not enough underpants to go round? Inner-band rivalry? Who knows or dares to dream. I'll tell you what though, the Hella guys have developed a way more layered sonic battering ram than on previous records. And occasionally the results are stunning. The level of musicianship that these guys play at is one more than 11. This is a record that is like being spin kicked by 500 ninjas, all at once and sometimes at different times, in a war zone. There's explosions of riffery here, and A-bombs of sonic assault there. It's a breathless affair that will delight some and annoy/confuse/repel others. My favourite tracks are the ones that don't sound like the Chipmunks running through a dub mixer, but the ones that have weird synthy elements against the drum/guitar sorcery. A return to form and a must for Hella fans.
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