Tennessee’s Hellbender combine fuzz-addled riffage, dual-guitar washes of noise, and heavy rhythms with elements from across the map of psychedelic music into a diverse, yet distinctive sound on “Cosmolux,” their first full length offering. Formed in 2009 in Cookeville, TN, the four-piece debuted with the “Occult 45” 7-inch (Meltface Music Faction) in January 2010. An East Coast tour followed in December of the same year. In early 2011, volumes 1-3 of the “Pyre Tapes” cassette series were released on Hellbender’s own Otherness imprint. Summer saw another East Coast tour with Boston’s The Brown Book and an appearance at the first annual Mutants of the Monsters Music Festival in Little Rock alongside Rwake, Deadbird, and Suplecs.
Released in June 2011, “Cosmolux” (Otherness) was recorded sporadically over the course of a year by bassist Mikey Allred. The availability of a private studio afforded the band the opportunity to focus on each song independently and the freedom to experiment. Frequent collaborator Matt Johnson, formerly of Neurot Recordings act US Christmas, lent his synthesizer wizardry to the B-side’s first track, the washed out, kraut-infused “Supergiant pt 1.” The last half of 2011 will see the release of 7-inch splits with The Brown Book and fellow Nashvillians Across Tundras, as well as a November tour of the Midwest and South. Cosmolux is available for FREE download and for purchase on vinyl at hellbenderband.com! Visit Hellbender on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/hellbender) for tour updates.