George Hrab | Trebuchet

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Trebuchet

by George Hrab

17 songs about skepticism, science, atheism, falling, flying, remnant evolutionary behavior, and the usefulness of one plastic lobster.
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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1. God Is Not Great
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2. Everything Alive Will Die Someday
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3. Ms. Information
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4. Fifty Stories
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5. Far
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6. Remora
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7. Sviatoslav Lobster
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8. When I Was Your Age
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9. Trebuchet
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10. Atlanta
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11. Death From The Skies
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12. Never Knew
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13. Hai Yookito ’Ya
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14. Where Have You Been?
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15. One Hypnopompic Jerk
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16. Small Comfort
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17. Happy Birthday, Baby
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
For over three hours (3!) of virtual liner notes (including track by track analysis), head on over to GeologicPodcast.com and listen to Milton Mermikides in depth interview with Geo about the writing and recording of Trebuchet.

Trebuchet Virtual Liner Notes Part One: http://is.gd/e35XT

Trebuchet Virtual Liner Notes Part Two: http://is.gd/e360y

Trebuchet Virtual Liner Notes Part Three: http://is.gd/e362O


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Kristofor S.

Flat out Sick
I wish I had the vocabulary of George Hrab to explain how great his music is. All I can say is Goddamn he is flat out amazing. You are a lucky sob if you get to see him live let alone meet him. He is the most humble guy you could meet. I challenge Dave Mustaine or David Gillmore to try and cover track 9 Treuchet. Good luck! The whole album rocks

Marvin

So buy it already
If you hate: thoughtful & funny lyrics, funky grooves that make your ass quiver, rocking beats that make you want to bang your head, and the kind of layered production that makes putting on a pair of headphones feel like a sonic microscope that reveals a whole ecosystem of wonders awaiting your attention just beneath the surface...[deep breath]...then maybe you won't like this album, but you should buy it just for the sake of getting an education.

If, on the other hand, you love superb musicians doing amazing things and cling to the belief that the heart of modern music is really just a matter of your honesty, yeah, then you should snap this up right now.

CarrieP

Musical Kinetic Energy
For an album named after a device used to hurtle boulders to destroy enemy targets, Trebuchet can be surprisingly subtle at times.

Sure, the opening notes of the album evoke an energetic--dare I say angelic?--choir, and there are some heavy rock bombs throughout the 17-track album. The title track, for one, but songs like "Remora" and "Death From the Skies" are layered deep with percussion and distortion.

Even so, the album covers a range of levels, including softer, sadder, sciencey, and nostalgic stuff. If you're familiar with the 365 Days of Astronomy, a fully-finished version of it's theme song, "FAR!" is track number 5. And anyone who's lost anyone close to them will relate to the sentiment in "Small Comfort," a real tearjerker.

There's literally something for everyone on this album--people who like intriguing lyrics, people who enjoy complex musical arrangements, little kids, science types, funk-lovers, owners of lonely hearts...Trebuchet is highly recommended, for hours of listening and re-listening.

Chris Sol

A Celebration of Reality
It’s been five years since George Hrab last treated us to an official collection of his quirky, eclectic, humorous, scathing and often very moving tributes to life in the Geologic Universe, and Trebuchet is very much worth the wait. Despite the apparent tone of some of the song titles, the CD is overwhelmingly positive in its outlook and message. The vast range of styles has been captured, as always, with impeccable clarity by producer Slau. Their close friendship and working relationship is far more up-front on this offering, from the opening multi-tracked a capella intro of God Is Not Great, through the keys on Sviatoslav Lobster, to the final big band sounds of Happy Birthday Baby. Few of the songs are in any particularly conventional time signature, yet in many cases changes in beat are either unnoticeable on first listen, or else sneak up surreptitiously on the unexpecting ear. In the case of One Hypnopompic Jerk some listeners may run out of digits in an attempt to keep track of all the simultaneous rhythms!

Lyrically, Hrab has clearly had his thesaurus out to ensure we are thinking, or laughing, or often both at once. While lines such as “To look into your eyes is worth the eventual demise of Earth” are totally on message for the album, it is Hrab’s combination of music and lyrics that gets me: a simple “I should have told her this long ago” in combination with a perfectly orchestrated crescendo during Ms Information is probably the highlight for me, rounding out one of the funkiest love songs you’ll ever hear.

Trebuchet is an audio delight for anyone interested in music that surprises. It is a celebration of reality, covering the myriad wonders of life, love, loss and death, and comes highly recommended.

Don Randall

Zappa Meets Vonnegut then goes Out to Lunch with Steely Dan
Ok, so maybe that's a mite over the top... but seriously, give this CD a good listen. George has always shown a wicked sense of humor and there's plenty here. Lyrics that are personal and thoughtful, witty and goofy. But this time out, His reach extends....dare I say it.... FAR !!!! I'm a long time fan, having seen the early Ice House shows in Bethlehem from years back,but this CD shows a depth and maturity of a seasoned artist (which of course, he is...maybe paprika?, not sure) I can't say it enough..BUY THIS CD...while yer at it... get them all , you will not be sorry. I keep waiting for the world to catch up to George, but in the meanwhilst...enjoy the ride!

Matty

grew on me
When I first listened to this album on the Geologic Podcast, I wasn't too fussed. After a few more times through, it grew on me and now I'm a definite fan! Funny, funky and lyrically great!