Brookyln boys, Hopewell, grew a thick, psychedelic, tribal jungle in the studio for their live Luxury Wafers Session. Gangly like Gilligan on a shipwrecked island, Jason Russo in his striped tee led the Hopewell cast (Jason, Rich, Tyson and Lyndon, also on guitar, who, by the way, looks like a young Clapton) with his distinctively undoctored voice and guitar. They whomped thumping drums and churned out powerful epic pieces of rock, all interestingly constructed with rich undulating layers and strong lyrics, old-fashioned style with distinguishible vocals and outrageous musicianship that came from 5 people on actual instruments, a real treat in a time when artists have been opting for digital companions to pare down touring costs and bandmate disagreements. Marked by a very Jane’s Addiction-y sound, it’s a natural that they pull off a fantastic 9-minute cover below. The cumulative effect of the band’s big sound – huge, fat and full here…and totally impressive for live, one-takes – alternates between hypnotic trance and possessed frenzy. I’m so into it. Good-feeling altered states. More Hopewell, please.
Listen to the Exclusive Live Tracks (option/click to download):
Preamble/Island [mp3] this one’s really two…pure psychedelic delight.