search by
artist  album title  keyword
trouser press
Home
Reviews
What's New
Trouser Press Magazine
Message Board
Links
FAQ's
Merchandise
Contact Us
XML
 
 

HYPNOLOVEWHEEL (Buy CDs by this artist)
Turn! Turn! Burn! (Fabian Aural Products) 1988
Candy Mantra (Fabian Aural Products) 1990
Space Mountain (Alias) 1991

A fine quartet originally from Long Island, Hypnolovewheel carry a kinda avant-garage ethos into all sorts of unexpected places. Refusing to be pinned down to any one stylistic board, the group wiggles around through a wide array of psychedelic pop, punk and garage-mush puddles. That they're able to do so without seeming like a bunch of lost ponies is testament to their ability to create a genuinely cordial mix of low-ball guitar-rant and tossed-off melodic hooks. (Hypnolovewheel's music bears textural similarities to the Embarrassment.) When they come up with something that's potentially too catchy, Dave Ramirez and Steve Hunkins bury it under a small load of six-string noise.

As a tendency to write funny lyrics has been tempered with age, all of the band's records are easily commendable to hepsters and squares alike. Nice, a-generic, non-flash all-purpose pop-noise is a too rare commodity these days.

[Byron Coley]