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Butterfly Revolutions, Vol. 1

by The Luck of Eden Hall

"An Excellent Psychedelic Band!" Billy Corgan - Smashing Pumpkins "Phenomenal!" Jim DeRogatis - Sound Opinions
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Chrysalide
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2. This Weather's Better For Velvet Clothes
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3. Medicine Queen
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4. Jupiter
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5. Velvet And Corduroy
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6. Shampoo
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7. All Her Seasick Parties
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8. Silly Girl
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9. Pretty Little Things
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10. She Falls Down
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11. Blue Vinyl
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12. Queen Anne's Lace
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Album Notes
In the 1990’s The Luck of Eden Hall released a single and a compilation on Limited Potential Records, one full-length album, the well received, Belladonna Marmalade, a video that appeared in the New Line Cinema film The Day My Parents Ran Away and several EP’s on their own label, Walrus Records.
The band released the albums Subterrene in 2007, followed by the critically acclaimed When The Clock Starts To Wake Up We Go To Sleep in 2009. In 2010 two videos were filmed and the band’s version of “Love Is Only Sleeping” was included on the compilation A Phase We’re Going Through and named Album of the Year in Prog Magazine UK. This year their version of Lucifer Sam is included on the cover-mount CD in the May issue of Classic Rock Magazine UK and on the compilation Roqueting Through Space by Fruits de Mer Records. Currently disk one of a two-part album titled “Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1 & 2” is available.


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'Never My Love' The Luck of Eden Hall
Never heard of The Luck of Eden Hall? Well that's pretty forgivable unless you live in Chicago where the band have been a mainstay of the city's music scene for nigh on two decades.

They have a cracking new album out too called Butterfly Revolutions Volume 1 which you can read about here and listen to on Spotify. Top tracks include the brilliantly named ‘This Weather Is Better For Velvet Clothes’, The Three O’Clock-esque ‘She Falls Down’ and the finale, ‘Queen Anne’s Lace’, a wonderful slice of mellow psych.

They have also recorded a couple of covers for Fruits de Mer Records, of which the best is this gorgeous sitar-laden version of The Association's peerless dollop of syrup Never My Love.

More on the band's Facebook page!/pages/The-Luck-of-Eden-Hall/266083694809

Jason Barnard

The Luck of Eden Hall EP
The Luck of Eden Hall, stars of Chicago’s nineties neo-psych movement, are two decades after their inception in great form weaving a sixties psych feel with modern rock influences. Their new EP contains two sixties interpretations alongside a nice pair of their own gems that are a welcome addition to their respected canon. It’s challenging to place two self penned nuggets alongside a couple of genre defining classics but they more than hold their own. Kicking off with what feels like a musical call to arms “Chrysalide” is a great band performance, psych pop of the highest order. It must be excellent live! “The Ottoman Girl” goes back and forth from a slow psych start and into a rocking core beautifully. “She Comes In Colors”, Arthur Lee’s masterpiece from Da Capo, is always going to be an ambitious choice and many bands would not be up for the challenge. The Luck of Eden Hall does not does radically revise Lee’s classic but it’s successfully sparkier and punchier – ultimately like hearing from an old friend who’s sounding better than ever.

Over in the US, The Association’s “Never My Love” is one the most popular tracks in music history. I have always found it a little too smooth and favoured The Casuals more baroque cover from these shores. The Luck Of Eden Hall go for an eastern flavour, rather like George Harrison guesting on sitar to psych the track up whilst retaining the timeless melody. Magical. Another great release from the Fruits de Mer label and a perfect match up with The Luck of Eden Hall. The band boast Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins as a fan and the Strange Brew can definitely see why.

John Riley -The JangleBox

The Luck of Eden Hall -Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1, 2011
Cuando oímos material de una banda algo veterana en estas lides no solemos tener la idea de que lo que vamos a oír nos vaya a gustar. Para qué engañarnos. Llamadlo prejuicios pero lo cierto es que mucho material de bandas ya curtidas no suele interesarnos. En el caso de The Luck of Eden Hall, una recomendación llegada a nuestro correo, la cosa es algo diferente. Primero porque aunque son un grupo veterano, éste es tan sólo su cuarto disco. Y segundo, porque el material es muy muy digerible. Sus convicciones son muy claras: no suenan absolutamente a nada que puedas oír en el actual panorama musica. Permanecen absolutamente al margen de cualquier etiqueta o influencia actualmente reconocible. Sus huellas musicales son fáciles de rastrear: el Pop-Psicodélico y los inicios del Rock Progresivo. En base a ello, The Luck of Eden Hall ha construido un disco más que sugerente y atractivo. Doce temas que tienen un desarrollo particular cada uno, mezclándose esos elementos aludidos: el Pop-Psicodélico (Chrysalide, Jupiter, Velvet and corduroy, This weather is better for velvet´s clothes, Silly girl), con el Rock más progresivo (Medicine queen), o sencillamente con señales del Power-Pop más enérgico (Shampoo, She falls down, All her seasick parties). The Luck of Eden Hall acaban de editar este Butterfly revolutions Vol.1 este mismo verano, pero por si te interesan, lo mejor es que prometen la publicación de un segundo volumen para este mismo final de año.

Steven Spoerl -Playground Misnomer blog

The Luck of Eden Hall -Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1
The Luck of Eden Hall is a band I’d never heard of until I was assigned their record to review. I only mention this out of shame. I try to keep up with bands like this, especially when they’re this good. Unfortunately, being a great band with great songwriting and song structure doesn’t necessarily make for a great album.

From Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1’s opening track “Chrysalide” onwards, it’s clear that Luck of Eden Hall is a fantastic band that may one day be capable of making great records and are certainly approaching that day but aren’t quite there yet.

For instance, “Chrysalide” may be the most unbalanced track as far as mixing is concerned; the vocals are given way too much volume and override the rest of the song to the point of it being a major distraction. It’s one of the only times there’s a mixing problem on Butterfly Revolutions. The lyrics to the song are undoubtedly great but to open with a track that causes major trepidation is putting the wrong foot forward and can prove to be a major detractor to overall album enjoyment.

Ensuing tracks “This Weathers for Velvet Clothes” and “Medicine Queen” find the band regaining pace with the former being the weaker track and the latter being reminiscent of a few genuinely great bands (Wilco immediately springs to mind). Both show the bands penchant for 90’s alt-rock and “Medicine Queen” has some particularly nice and understated flourishes of psychedelia and is an easy album highlight.

“Jupiter” is where the band finally shows some originality and identity. It’s a mid-tempo slow-burner and is populated with a driving bass-drum line, clean trebly guitar, a memorable hook of “I’m never calling you again” and a laid-back chorus that manages to maintain both an energetic and laid-back feel. “Jupiter” also contains some of the best guitar solos on Butterfly Revolutions and is worth listening to for that alone. It also serves as a nice showcase for their drummer’s technical ability and is impressive in that respect as well.

“Velvet and Corduroy” and “Shampoo” both find Luck of Eden Hall upping their aggression but are essentially retreads of what the albums already offered up. “Shampoo” has some nice twists in the forms of intriguing intros and breakdowns, but as the album progresses it becomes increasingly evident that there’s a sense of sameness permeating on Butterfly Revolutions. Now, admittedly, it’s hard to be so set in a style and show an appropriate amount of versatility (especially in the case of power-pop) but to keep listeners interested, you sometimes have to operate outside of your comfort zone.

“All Her Seasick Parties” does its part in trying to break the mold with some piercing distortion and woozy guitar lines and brings to mind The Figgs more than just a little- and that’s never a bad thing. It’s another highlight only because it shows the band at the peak of their collective prowess and has some of the most interesting structural set-pieces on Butterfly Revolutions.

“Silly Girl” and “Pretty Little Things” are both slower songs and while “Silly Girl” qualifies as mostly out-and-out filler, “Pretty Little Things” is actually fairly great. It’s very minimalist (a la Low) and has some nice sound experimentation and pulls you in for its entirety- a very welcome surprise. “She Falls Down” picks up the pace once again and sounds sort of like a cross between a supercharged Sloan and Caribou but isn’t quite as interesting as either. It is, however, interesting enough to be another album highlight and is probably a song that absolutely destroys live.

Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1 ends with “Blue Vinyl” (which is another contender for best song on the album) and “Queen Anne’s Lace” the near-mandatory string-section-assisted slow closing number. I would’ve much preferred to hear “Blue Vinyl” as the closing song and just altogether leave out “Queen Anne’s Lace.” “Blue Vinyl” shows the band playing to their strongest strengths whereas “Queen Anne’s Lace” comes off as an attempt to put a bow on everything.

I didn’t like how this record began and I didn’t like how this record ended- but I did enjoy this record quite a bit. The Luck of Eden Hall is definitely a band I’m going to keep my eye on from now on (I really would like to see these songs in a live setting). With a little time and a little more versatility this band may reach the heights of some of their influences, but listening to them try and get there is going to be fairly rewarding if Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1 is any indication.

Here’s to hoping they can make it.

Ashley Norris -Shindig! Magazine

Record Review - The Luck Of Eden Hall 'Butterfly Revolutions Volume 1'
A mainstay of Chicago’s music scene for nigh on two decades, psych popsters The Luck Of Eden Hall show that they have lost none of their touch with this cracking new album. If you’ve never heard them, imagine a more accessible version of Asteroid No. 4 or The Brian Jonestown Massacre in that they mix dense guitar sounds with trippy vocals and Keith Moon-like drum fills. This works to best effect on the brilliantly named ‘This Weather Is Better For Velvet Clothes’, which has a tune your postie could whistle (not entirely sure what they’d make of the incendiary guitar solo, though). Butterfly Revolutions loses its way a little in the middle (the band are obviously on nodding terms with early ’70s Floyd and some rather nasty grunge acts), but is redeemed by The Three O’Clock-esque ‘She Falls Down’ and the finale, ‘Queen Anne’s Lace’, a wonderful slice of mellow psych.

Mr. Atavist

The Luck of Eden Hall: Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1
This is what ‘pop’ music should be: honeyed, thick, creamy and packing stones. Everyone who should know, knows pop disintegrated into empty calorie pabulum a long, long time ago and I for one need nourishment from my food. Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1, the new outing from Chicago’s The Luck of Eden Hall proves that you can not only have your cake (with lots of frosting) and eat it too, but that you can get more than a cheap sugar rush out of it to keep going. I’m a firm believer that cream doesn’t rise to the top; shit floats. I’m happy to say that LOEH prove me wrong. Relentlessly filled to the brim with top-shelf psych-pop nuggets calling to mind a myriad of touchstones from The Beatles through to The Bevis Frond, LOEH have such a firm grasp on their ingredients that Butterfly is never half-baked, in approach or execution. Nobody really wants low-fat dessert; that never satisfies. So, LOEH keep the the fuzz on the peach with melodies that flow like syrup; it may just crystal more than it rocks if that makes sense. In my book, crystals are worth more.

Opener Chrysalide sets the bar high. Relentlessly ornate and paisley, it sets Butterfly firmly on track with the mission clear, and in their hands, fully reachable. Velvet and Corduroy follows suit, a mission statement if there ever was one; a mission of molasses that never stagnates into stale treading water retro treacle. LOEH’s buttery psych is churned with enough of the old and new to give a full-bodied taste that should appeal to traditionalists as well as those who want some more modern leanings (All Her Seasick Parties) in the mix. Mellowed out Jupiter and Pretty Little Things hit a touching sentimentality without getting maudlin; LOEH aren’t applying the frosting so thick it’s impenetrable, or so over done it’s nauseating in the richness of it all.

Butterfly Revolutions almost screams (if butterflies scream…I think they do…) for a Thesaurus…shimmering, sun-drenched, multi-colored…the title about says it all, contrasting something as elusive and fluttering as a butterfly with a word that hints at power as well at what you should do with this record; put it through some revolutions. LOEH have cooked up a lip-smacking layered sonic cake, and it’s clear there was some drinking in the kitchen again…pop the cap off your lava lamp and take a swig.

It tastes good, and it’s good for you.

J. Pasinski

The Luck of Eden Hall Flies High with Butterfly Revolutions
CD Review: The Luck Of Eden Hall Flies High With "Butterfly Revolutions"

From Chicago comes The Luck of Eden Hall with volume 1 of their new release "Butterfly Revolutions". Volume 2 will be released this fall. The band combines psychedelic lyrics with a modern alternative rock sound.

The album begins with "Chrysalide" that fully embodies the band's appeal with a sound similar to Status Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men". The band's lyrics are definitely exploratory as in "This Weather's Better For Velvet Clothes" and "Medicine Queen". "Jupiter" expands the band's sound (and your mind) with a more progressive rock approach similar to early Pink Floyd. The band has fun with the up-tempo rocker "Shampoo", then takes you on a short adventure with the trippy sounds of "Pretty Little Things". The Luck of Eden Hall rocks the hardest on "She Falls Down" before closing with the mellow, experimental "Queen Anne's Lace".

The new album "Butterfly Revolutions: Volume 1" was released on July 1. The band has a show scheduled for July 20 in Chicago. Check out the band's myspace page ( for song samples and tour information.

George Markou, Gew Gaw Fanzine, Greece

The Luck of Eden Hall, Butterfly Revolutions Vol.1
The Luck of Eden Hall

Butterfly Revolutions vol. 1
Myopic records

Luck of Eden Hall pick up the thread from where they had left it in their previous album, the excellent When the Clock Starts to Wake Up We Go to Sleep. Sun-kissed psychedelic pop inspired by the '60s English groups of similar persuasion. Exquisitely alluring melodies on Chrysalides, Medicine Queen, Blue Vinyl, a more psychedelic vibe on Velvet, Pretty Little Things"and the dreamy Queen Anne’s Lace; the impeccable pop aesthetic of "Shampoo" is ravishing, while Silly Girl has a strong claim for being one of the very best psych/paisley songs of recent years. Astonishing vocals, superb guitar work and loud/quiet dynamics form the bass and drums round off the picture. Luck of Eden Hall is one band that may truly boast of having the right psych/pop pedigree!

Stephan Schelle

The Luck of Eden Hall - Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1 Eigenvertreib
The Luck Of Eden Hall – Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1
Eigenvertrieb (2011)
(12 Stücke, 37:05 Minuten Spielzeit)

Vor zwei Jahren war ich sehr überrascht über die CD „When The Clock Starts To Wake Up We Go To Sleep” der aus dem US-amerikanischen Chicago stammenden Band The Luck Of Eden Hall. Im Mai 2011 erreicht mich nun der Nachfolger des Bandprojektes von Gitarrist Greg Curvey und Bassist Mark Lofgren, das den Titel „Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1“ trägt.

Wie unschwer am Namen zu erkennen ist, handelt es sich um den ersten Teil eine Albumreihe. In diesem Fall ist es ein zweiteiliges Album dessen erster Teil am 01.07.2011 erscheinen wird. Allerdings ist die Laufzeit des Albums mit 37 Minuten recht kurz und der Verdacht liegt nahe, dass beide Teile auch auf einen Longplayer gepasst hätten. Aber das muss man erst einmal abwarten. Zwölf Stücke auf 37 Minuten verteilt, präsentieren – wie schon auf dem Vorgänger – recht kurze Stücke.

Neben den beiden Hauptprotagonisten (die PromoCD und der Begleittext lassen mal wieder nur wenige Infos zu) wirken noch Carlos Mendoza am Drum Kit und Allyson Bondy am Bass mit. Die bisherigen Veröffentlichungen bewegten sich im Psychedelic Rock und einige Kritiker verglichen die Band bereits mit Künstlern wie Jane’s Addiction, Porcupine Tree, Screaming Trees, Pink Floyd, Hendrix Experience. Und die unterschiedlichen Anleihen waren auch aus dem Vorgängeralbum herauszuhören.

Und so beginnt die CD mit dem etwas beatlesken und psychedelischen „Chrysalide“. Da fließt der Spirit der 60s aus den Boxen und verpackt diesen Stil in moderne Sounds. Insgesamt kann man sagen, dass die Stücke etwas lockerer und eingängiger als auf dem Vorgänger wirken.

So einige Songs/Melodien kommen einem recht bekannt vor, doch die Band geht es ganz geschickt an, denn man hat das Gefühl als würde man etwas Vertrautes hören und doch einem total neuen Song die Aufmerksamkeit schenken. Auch wenn die oben genannten Bands an einigen Stellen aufblitzen, so liegt der Fokus auf dem neuen Album mehr auf einer Mixtur aus Psychedelic Rock, Beatmusik und 60s Pop, den die Chicagoer auf dem neuen Album zu einem ansprechenden Gesamtpaket schnüren.

Mit „Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1“ ist The Luck Of Eden Hall ein gelungener Nachfolger vom 2009’er „When The Clock Starts To Wake Up We Go To Sleep” geglückt, der wieder genau soviel Spaß macht, aber lockerer klingt. Wer auf den Sound der 60’s in modernem Gewand steht, bekommt hier eine gute Scheibe geboten, die für meinen Geschmack aber etwas kurz geraten ist.

Stephan Schelle, Mai 2011

Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1

Shindig! Magazine UK
“Named after a 13th century drinking glass made in spain that’s reputed to be a fairy cup with mystical powers, The Luck of Eden Hall have been casting their own psychedelic fairy dust over cassettes, CDs and vinyl since the late 80s. After three silent years, the Chicago-based trio is back with the two-part album Butterfly Revolutions and this excellent limited edition coloured vinyl EP released on new Fruits de Mer imprint Regal Crabomophone.

The disc is split down the middle with two beautiful dreamy pop-psych originals, ‘Chrysalide’ and ‘The Ottoman Girl’, gracing side one and imaginative interpretations of Love’s ‘She Comes In Colours’ and The Association’s ‘Never My Love’ on the flip. Although the covers are superb, with ‘Never My Love’ transformed into an emotive, spiralling slice of sitar-laced introspection, it’s the originals that spellbind with their fluctuating lysergic soft/loud dynamics.”
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