HWE has put these relatively radio-friendly songs aside to be released on their own--separate from our album releases. The first track "Hermes Told Me So" was recorded in the same sessions as the "Heavy Water Experiments" album. The second track "The Plunge" was recorded in the same sessions as the subsequent mellower album. Both songs feature the 8-string bass in tandem with a 4-string bass.
Classic Rock Magazine TRACK OF THE DAY
Heavy Water Experiments have been described as mixing retro-revivalism with avant-psychedelia. From Los Angeles, they provide the latest Track Of The Day.
Heavy Water Experiments describe their influences as “too many to name – some are obvious in that everyone would like to claim them as influences (Led Zep, Beatles, etc.) – others are obscure enough that we’d rather they remain a secret”.
Their sound veers from the mellow and acoustic approach of ethereal psych-folk to the heavy and dark sounds of stoner rock. To date, they’ve released a self-titled album (put out last year) and a single. Hermes Told Me So, has just been made available.
Says mainman David Melbye of the band’s musical ambitions: “The category we’re really embracing is psychedelic rock. We’re not trying to be a revivalist band, not recreate the 60s and early 70s; we’re doing something in which ‘psychedelic’ refers to something more visceral. It’s something more physiological, not just a melody or heavy song; it imitates a drug-like feeling, although it doesn’t necessarily compel someone to take drugs or get stoned, but imitates that sensation.”
Joining Melbye (who plays guitar, keyboards and bass) is long-time partner and drummer Roberto Salguero, with the rest of the HWE line-up being rather fluid.
IMPOSE Review of HWE Single
To follow that we've got the debut vinyl offering from L.A. bandits Heavy Water Experiments, "Hermes Told Me So" b/w "The Plunge" self-released by the band on lovely clear blue vinyl. What we've got here is a glorious '60s/'70s inspired racket that bristles with careening, radio-ready melodies underpinning a muscular rhythm section and squealing acid-rock bluster. "Hermes Told Me So" is positively ebullient, with its breathy harmonies and sun-dappled melodies helping to usher the West Coast psych-pop tradition, in fine paisley-hued style, into the new millennium. On the flip, "The Plunge" is shot through with the kind of melodic grit that Matthew Sweet used to conjure in his sleep, while its crunching guitars and interweaving keys are redolent of fellow Los Angelinos Redd Kross, which, is certainly never a bad thing. Visit the band's site to grab one of these before they're lost to the ages (or hordes of eBay vermin).
THE RIPPLE EFFECT Review of HWE Single
Heavy Water Experiments is one of those bands that have never been easy to pigeon-hole. Going back to when they were known as Imogene, I remember listening to them and thinking, ‘They’re heavy, but melodic; loose and spacey, but progressively complex.’ Heavy Water Experiments will always challenge the most discerning music listener, at the same time as they create a rich textural sound to have humming away in the background of one’s daily activities. So, when we received the new single from the band, we were excited beyond all belief, immediately racing to the turntable to give the sky blue vinyl a spin. As per usual with HWE, the bass is heavy . . . man, its heavy! But this time around, as the A Side single of “Hermes Told Me So” hums along in its mesmerizing fashion, we begin to recognize the elegant textures of the keyboards as they create a semi-transparent wall in the background of the song, Robert Salguero’s drum work channels a bit of the late, great John Bonham’s thundering attack, but maybe even more impressively, multi-instrumentalist David Melbye’s softer, more melodic vocal approach. God! The more I listen to this song, the better and better it gets. Heady and intelligent lyrics sung with an airy voice, mixed with the shimmering sound of the keyboards and propelled by a dense wall of rhythmic sound . . . does it really get any better than this?
The heavy drone tone of the Heavy Water sound continues with the B Side track, “The Plunge.” This time along though, the band seems to stretch itself more than what I’ve heard in the past. “The Plunge,” while still harboring many of those late 60’s psychedelic sounds has a heavy pop feel to it. For some reason, I keep thinking of the Mary Tyler Moore show when I hear this, when in actuality, the song would fit better with the imagery of a darkened basement during the Summer of Love . . . lava lamps bubbling away, couples curled up in bean bags, soft clouds of smoke from burning incense or a fired up joint . . . I love the subtle guitar interlude in the middle of the song and the big gong crashes. This song, like many in the bands repertoire, is deceptively complex; filled with great ambient portions of sound while retaining a heady musicianship that would befuddle the average musician. All we need now is a 12” version of Heavy Water Experiments so we can really get our freak on!