When One Hand Free lay hands on their instruments, they manifest all the glory and all the grime inherent in the magic of authentic home grown, hand rolled, original Rock and Roll. Remember Rock and Roll? When undistilled and uncleaved, Rock and Roll is the most intoxicating blend of roots and influences known to man. One Hand Free''s brand is original and hand crafted, at it''s full potency.
To Rock is truth: the raw power to penetrate and communicate needn''t be obscured by genre or made safe by classification. You know it when you hear it.
To Roll is pure: the pursuit of the sublime fears no inhibition of hard or soft, easy or complex. You know it when you feel it.
To say that One Hand Free play Rock and Roll is to oversimplify. One Hand Free ARE Rock and Roll.
They sweat it, pump it, grind it, grunt it, strut it, flaunt it, beg it, whisper it, shout it, believe it, and preach it. They do what it takes to bring true Rock and Roll to a world vastly in need.
"Quadraphonic", released January 2008 through Thundertrauzer Enterprises, is a major step forward in achieving One Hand Free''s goal of returning Rock and Roll to it''s visceral, yet sanctified throne atop the pantheon of authentically interactive entertainment. The audience is ensured a broad audio pallet with which to work by virtue of an adventurous mix helmed by Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, Mike Patton, Soulive, Dub Trio) and skillfully transmitted by Grammy winning mastering engineer Jay Frigoletto ( War, Fu Manchu, Alice In Chains, Rhino Records). Conjuring in equal parts the cerebral curiosity of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, the bawdy and elemental bottom line of early Aerosmith, and the brute force of Mountain, the scope of the record stimulates notions of both the gutter and the grandiose. The band, consisting of Andrew Blowen (Vocals/Keyboards), Geoff Taylor (Bass), Josh DiJoseph (Guitar/Engineering), and Kelly Bower (Drums), crafted the album in the spirit of The Band and Stevie Wonder: amidst hot solder, rejuvenated Hammond organs, and piles of vinyl in their personal audio play pen known as "The Mood Tube". They found their determination not to settle for the paint by numbers aesthetic of typical studio logistics spurred on by a cathartic swell of support among European rock revival audiences, sparked by press coverage in the Dutch magazine "Aktueel". The sessions, a year long odyssey of Steely Dan - esque lab work and Government Mule - like hotbox live takes, were the culmination of lessons gleaned and peaks glimpsed touring the Northeast in support of the band''s self titled first album, released in 2004 by Austin, TX label Halt Music Company. The immediacy and intimacy of One Hand Free''s live performances, on stages such as Nectar''s, Harper''s Ferry, The Stone Church, and The Casino Ballroom, with acts as varied as Eddie Money, members of the Allman Brothers Band, and Godsmack, are evident in the collection of 8 songs that sear their value into the head, heart, and hips. The title, "Quadraphonic", is a nod to One Hand Free''s belief that its members are but four facets of a sharp and gleaming sonic stone, as well as a multi layered reference meant to summon spirits of a time when Rock and Roll albums were unified, and unifying works of both art and energy, a synergy of creativity and commerce, and a breeding ground of communication and connection.
One Hand Free bear the standard of today’s Rock and Roll renaissance. "Quadraphonic" conveys their action plan. Bassist Geoff Taylor relates the band ethos, "Know when to be simple, know when to be smart, and never be afraid to hit just the right sweet spot. They might not be aware that they need it, but somewhere deep down, you KNOW that they do". Peel back the two sides of your brain and receive what One Hand Free brings to bear, a hot slab of unrepentant Rock and Roll. Right between the ears.
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