Diamond In The Rough : A Conversation With Carlton Melton

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Carlton Melton – Live in Point Arena (2008)

The best way of explaining this new instrumental and experimental spacerock ensemble is through their words: ‘If you got the chance to record and play music in a Geodesic Dome off the coast of Northern California, wouldn’t you form a band just for the occasion? Well that’s the modus operandi of this strangely monikered band made up of former members of Zen Guerilla and friends, who ventured up to Point Arena (an area rife with Utopian minded dwellings including the Sea Ranch) for this once in a lifetime opportunity. But don’t expect this to sound like Zen Guerilla’s trashy MC5-inspired garage R&B, instead Carlton Melton experiment with a sound more sonically befitting to the dome’s acoustic resonance, Space Rock! Equally krauty, droney, and at times cosmically ramshackle, Carlton Melton channel White Hills, Wooden Ships, Cave, bits of Kinski, Steve Hillage, and of course the less proto-metal leanings of Hawkwind with dual guitars, bass and organ hypnotically riffing through the domed stratosphere’. –keep reading in… spacerock reviews.

Track List:
01 – Happy Song (8:21)
02 – Against The Wall (8:48)
03 – Fucking Funky Shit (5:45)
04 – Inter Mission (5:04)
05 – Root Ball (6:49)
06 – Full Moon Ridge (6:42)
07 – Legion Of Dome (10:30)

LineUp:
– Andy Duvall (guitar, drums)
– Brian McDougall (drums)
– Rich Millman (guitar, synthesizers)
– John Steuernagel (bass)

 

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