It seems like everyone's talking about HEALTH these days.
No, we're not referring to the hot-button political issue or the subject of Michael Moore's new film. We're talking about the all-caps HEALTH: the unique and inspiring Los Angeles quartet that's making the idea of people making refreshing and experimental music exciting again.
The word-of-mouth excitement lately about HEALTH has been surging throughout the L.A. area like a series of rolling blackouts. Its shows are sweaty, packed fits of beautiful noise that could perhaps be best compared to Liars, Animal Collective and latter-period Black Dice. At long last, the group's self-titled debut full length on the ultra hip Lovepump United label is set to bring, um, universal HEALTH to America on September 18th.
Instead of finding a room where the only thing one can hear is their heartbeat, HEALTH recorded its debut full length in one of the band's favorite places. The Smell is an all ages music venue in downtown Los Angeles. It is open and brick and dirty and dark, but when you sing a church hymnal or hit a drum as hard as you can the sound is beautiful. They did both of these things on the record. They also went out and found equipment built the same time as The Smell, mostly ribbon microphones designed by the BBC for radio broadcasts in the 1930's, things George Martin liked to use, and other things they didn't know about. The record is 11 songs in less than thirty minutes - on it there is new music with old sounds.
HEALTH was six months old the first time they played for real people. Before that, there was more talk than music, mostly about art, food, sex, animals, records, drugs, politics and sleeping. After two more shows in Los Angeles, the group self released a 7” and went on tour. While they were traveling, people told them their music was weird. When they got back they played on a bill with Ex-Models and Death Sentence Panda. They felt like grown men. After that, people let them play shows more often, mostly at all ages art spaces like The Smell and Il Corral. They became friends with other LA bands like No Age, The Mae Shi, Mika Miko, BARR, Captain Ahab, Anavan, and Abe Vigoda. Then they went on three more tours and a trip to SXSW.
HEALTH has also had a hand in 8-bit glitch duo Crystal Castles' recent success. In addition to a Crystal Castles/HEALTH split 7” (to be released concurrently on Lovepump United with HEALTH’s LP), Crystal Castles highly anticipated CRIMEWAVE EP is named for a HEALTH remix and will be released the same day as the split 7” on the UK label Trouble Records.
Many more dance remixes of HEALTH are in the works from DAVID GILMOUR GIRLS, TOXIC AVENGER, CURSES!, PINK SKULL, THRUST LAB, ACID GIRLS, CAPTAIN AHAB CFCF, IAN HIXXX, JUICEBOXXX, LOVELY CHORDS, THE MAE SHI, NARCTRAX, NOSAJTHING, and CRYSTAL CASTLES.
A UK will commence this week and a full US tour for the fall featuring appearances at CMJ and Pop Montreal is in the works.
08/14 London Rough Trade East (w/ Crystal Castles)
08/15 Nottingham The Old Angel*
08/16 London Barden's Boudoir (Upset the Rhythm w/ Dan Deacon, PRE)*
08/17 Brighton The Do Club (Upset the Rhythm / 20 Jazz Funk Greats)*
08/19 Bolton The Dog & Partridge*
08/20 Liverpool Korova*
08/21 Leeds Brudenell Social Club*
08/23 Glasgow 13th Note*
08/25 Manchester Fuel (w/ PRE)*
08/28 Sowerby Bridge The Vine
Stream The Album HERE
Release Date: Sept. 18, 2007
02. Girl Attorney
04. Crimewave (MP3)
07. Tabloid Sores
09. Glitter Pills
10. Perfect Skin
11. Lost Time
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