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New York Psych Rock Band HOPEWELL Unveils New Video “Needle in the Camel’s Eye”

| 7 January 2013 | Reply


Celebrated New York rock band HOPEWELL have just released an EP of new material titled Another Music. The first single released from the new effort is a cover of Brian Eno‘s “Needle In The Camel’s Eye” featuring Mark Gardener of eternally cool, seminal shoegaze band RIDEon lead vocals. Now, HOPEWELL releases a video for the track, described as “A psych-pop Brian Eno cover, an ode to 1970s performance art, and some safe-for-work BDSM”. The clip was directed by Art Boonparn (Pitchfork TV, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart), stars Caycee Black and HOPEWELL‘s Jason Sebastian Russo and features Mark Gardener on lead vocals. Check out “the happiest nihilism ever expressed” now at this location.

The second single from Another Music — the infectious “The King & the Canary” —  recently made its premiere via RCRD LBL, who called the song “a swoopy mid-tempo number that marries prancing instrumentation with a fuzzed-out melody and singer Jason Russo’s high-pitched croon.” Stream or download HOPEWELL‘s “The King & the Canary” today at this location!

HOPEWELL has kicked off the writing process for the band’s new full length album, tentatively slated for a fall, 2013 release.  When asked for comment, Russo dishes, “We are neck deep in the writing process, our new record is starting to sound like the guitar rock I would have loved in college. Proto indie with plenty of ear candy.”

Updated news and tour information will be made available via HOPEWELL on Facebook. Download FREE music from HOPEWELL at this location!

“The funny thing about Hopewell is that they have been sorely overlooked by those who like the psychedelic, dreamy pop being made by bands like Animal Collective, Dungen or to a lesser degree, Dirty Projectors, mainly because they brewed their cred in upstate New York versus Manhattan or Brooklyn…purveyors of the new psych-rock scene” – THE FADER

“When Hopewell add some hangover-hazy honky-tonk grit to their spacey sprawl (The Notbirds, closer Square Peg Teeth), the results are uniquely out of this world.”– ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“shoegaze-y and guitar-heavy indie-rock veterans” – THE NEW YORKER

“stargazing psychedelic splendor” – PITCHFORK

“new-psych shamans” – RCRD LBL

“a pure sun-soaked pop sound that recalls the best work of The Flaming Lips and The Polyphonic Spree…an organic blend of psychedelic, stoner, space, folk, and shoegaze rock.” – DECOY MUSIC

About HOPEWELL: Blending “vintage fuzz pedal jams with early space rock and shoegaze” for over a decade,HOPEWELL‘s tumultuous canon is the perfect cinematic bridge between the psychedelia of nineties acts like Spiritualized and Mercury Rev and the genre’s newer generation (read: Black Mountain, Serena-Maneesh). HOPEWELL was founded by Jason Russo of Hopewell Junction, NY who — at 19 — joined Mercury Rev before setting out on his own with a band named after his hometown. In 1995, seminal Detroit-based space rock label Burnt Hair Records released the band’s first single. HOPEWELL‘s debut full-length, Contact, came out on Burnt Hair in 1997 and its second release, 2001’s The Curved Glass, led to European distribution, festival appearances and a John Peel session. After a transition period of line-up and stylistic changes, the band signed to Tee Pee Records and released Hopewell & The Birds Of Appetite, produced by Dave Fridmann of Flaming Lips fame at Tarbox Road Studios. Its follow-up, Beautiful Targets, produced by Fridmann protégé Bill Racine, was released in 2007 and the band’s 2009 release,Good Good Desperation was aligned by critics with Pink Floyd’s Meddle and Can’s Tago Mago. An active live act, HOPEWELL has performed or toured with artists such as My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Dandy Warhols, Nicole Atkins, British Sea Power, The Black Angels Mike Watt and The Posies, among others. HOPEWELL‘s music has appeared on the soundtracks for films including “Tarnation” and “PsychoGuru” (Tribeca Film Festival selection 2011) and on television shows including “One Tree Hill” and “Greek”. The long-time line-up of Jay GreenTyson LewisRich MeyerLyndon Roeller and Russo is currently living in Brooklyn, NY and writing for their sixth studio album.

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