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Alligators Eat Gumdrops

by The Luck of Eden Hall

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2. Bangalore
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3. Ten Meters Over the Ground
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5. Amoreena Had Enough Yesterday
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9. A Carney's Delirium
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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BIO

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.

TLoEH 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 music videos were filmed and the band’s version of “Love Is Only Sleeping” was included on the Fruits de Mer Records (UK) compilation “A Phase We’re Going Through”, which was named Album of the Year in Prog Magazine.

2011 brought three releases on FdM Records, including a limited edition colored vinyl EP (that sold out in three days!). Their version of “Lucifer Sam” was included on the cover-mount CD in the May issue of Classic Rock Magazine and TLoEH’s epic two volume set “Butterfly Revolutions” was included on “Best of 2011” lists around the world!

2012 began with a track on FdM’s tribute to cult psych band “The Pretty Things” classic album “S.F. Sorrow Is Born”, and their latest masterpiece, “Alligators Eat Gumdrops”, a limited edition CD housed in hand embossed gatefold sleeves, received outstanding reviews and appeared on Editors' Picks and Best of the Year lists around the world. In December their Latest EP (and companion to AEG) on FdM Records was written up in Record Collector Magazine and Shindig! Magazine sponsored a free give away contest for the band. Also a video for “A Carney’s Delirium” was released and they appeared on FdM’s Beatles’ White Album compilation (all 1500 sold out immediately) ending the year with a bang!

This spring, Clear Spot in the Netherlands will be re-releasing their 2011 release Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1 & 2 as a Double LP on their Head Spin label for worldwide distribution.


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Mr. Atavist, Sunrise Ocean Bender

The Luck of Eden Hall/Alligators Eat Gumdrops
A fitting title for the freshest box of hard candy from one of Chicago’s finest: something a little tough, something sweet to chew on…something that pushes back just right when you take a bite. Nuggets or nougats? As expected from The Luck of Eden Hall, a bit o’ both. Their last, Butterfly Revolutions, had a larger scope obviously aided, and abetted, by packing a one-two volume punch, but LOEH still kept it short, sweet and direct. Alligators Eat Gumdrops does the same, though this time the pieces are individually wrapped for your chewing pleasure, many sporting their own unique flavor rather than a creamy frosting spread over the whole cake. There’s a bevy of spices and sprinkles from the sitar dandied crunch-meets-pop of Bangalore, guests Mars Williams’ sax and Jim Licka’s Mellotron, Summertime Girl’s playful cathedral-of-the-60s keys, to the slight folky acoustic accent on Wasting the Days of Youth that makes it seem like Tull might have gingerly, and surreptitiously, stuck their dirty fluted finger in the box. LOEH know how to lead you in by the hand for the first bite, and opener High Heeled Flippers doesn’t let you down, luring you in with a Beatlesque whiff that not only lets the new know where LOEH butter one side of their bread, but also undercuts some of their winsome, mild melancholy with their playfulness. There’s something about the production that seems a little tougher, a little more direct in the chomp, from Lofgren and Mendoza’s always great bottom-end through the guitar grind, to Curvey fraying his pipes over the blowing on Ten Meters Over the Ground. Ornate without being frilly, poppy without being wimpy, it’s LOEH’s trademark coloring of hardy pop with 60s psych. Pop and psych meet headfirst all the time; worked the first time, works now in the hands of outfits like LOEH. Contrary to what’s in the poisonous air, both sides can still meet in the mixing bowl and get it done. Doing that in these rancid partisan times with no bitter aftertaste, without one side losing to the other, without a sour dose of sarcasm, is what Alligators Eat Gumdrops, and LOEH, are about. Summertime Girl certainly knows this…There’s a common goal in mind and they work together to get there. Never a compromise, but a buttery consensus where the machinations are as well-intentioned as they are well-oiled.

Alligators Eats Gumdrops is available in a limited edition of 200, with hand embossed art by Curvey.

Lee

The Luck of Eden Hall Drop Sweet Reptillian Psych!
Chicago psych vets The Luck of Eden Hall follow up last year's stunning Butterfly Revolutions, Vol. 2 with Alligators Eat Gumdrops, another winning disc of acid-tinged pop.

AEG opens with the majestic, yet playful, "High Heeled Flippers" and moves seamlessly into "Bangalore," an Indian raga meets power pop confection that is both savory and sugary.

Other album sweet spots include the lovely "Summertime Girl," the heartbreaking "Amoreena Had Enough Yesterday," the psychedelic folk tune "A Carney's Delirium" and the closing title track, which is a surreal, candy-coated rave-up that jettisons into a universe where Willy Wonka, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Monkees are equally shining stars.

The Luck of Eden Hall will be performing a free Epitonic in-store at Saki this Saturday afternoon at 4PM and will celebrate the official release of Alligators Eat Gumdrops at Double Door next Tuesday, August 21.

Michalis, TimeMazine (Greece)

The Luck of Eden Hall - Alligators Eat Gumdrops
I’m privileged and honored to have the 006 CD album of this extra-limited-to-200 copies newest psychedelic adventure of Gregory and The Luck Of Eden Hall. I’ve said it many times, on earlier reviews. I’m saying it once more. This is about the Art of Making little Beautiful Psychedelic-Pop musical pieces flavored with the whole 60s psych culture! Gregory and the rest of the gang, bend over the album with so much love, creativity, passion and care that all these are reflected in the final result, the 11 compositions. Album takes off with the nostalgic, melodic, piano based “High Heeled Flippers”. An outtake from the “White” album. Definitely! The trippy&heavy pop-psych and full of sitar sound “Bangalore” follows. The freshy “Ten Meters Over The Ground” can lift you more than 10 meters over the ground. How the hell they come with such melodies? The double (or whatever) vocal harmonies along with the synth sound and the mellotron and the backward guitars make “Summertime Girl” not just another Love song. I dare to say a psych sophisticated one! “Amoreena Had Enough Yesterday” has great orchestration and reminds of some of the best of George Martin’s productions (got it?) Distinctive backward guitar sound once more on the sunny fresh poppy “Green Faery”. “Wasting The Days Of Youth” shines with its neo-psychedelic feel and pompous orchestration while “Goodnight Anne Berlin” flirts with British (what else?) Psych in band’s own characteristic style. Yes! They managed to create their OWN style! “A Carney’s Delirium” has some really wondrous electric guitar playing while “This Is Strange” (which Gregory kindly enough gave us permission to include on this Issue’s CD comp) is just what a 3 and a half min neo-psych-pop song is all about! Album closes with the self-titled “Alligators Eat Gumdrops” in a rockier way, only to leave you wondering “is this the 10th 11th time that I’m repeating this album?” I believe that probably this is their best album so far, and I’m waiting for the day that some label in Europe will discover their genius and release their “works” here too. Enjoy it!

Jorge Nunez -The Jangle Box

The Luck of Eden Hall: Alligators Eat Gumdrops (2012)
The Luck of Eden Hall son una veterana banda de Chicago especializada en facturar un Psych-Rock de alto quilataje. Su música no repara en pequeños detalles, y a la mínima su sonido despega en un vuelo desbordado de musicalidad. Su creatividad está más supeditada al tipo de sonido que elaboran, un tanto apegado a tradiciones tardo-sesenteras, pero el resultado final es, realmente, de notable: Bangalore, Ten meters over the ground, Green faery, Goodnight Anne Berlin, This is strange, Alligators eat gumdrops… con todo su arsenal de sitares, pedales, efectos, arreglos… son auténticos pildorazos de pura energía rockista-psicodélica. En el resto del disco, The Luck of Eden Hall navegan algo más parsimoniosos sobre aguas menos procelosas, pero igualmente identificados con una Psicodelia suave y algo humeante. En cualquier caso, un disco interesante para amantes del género, ya que tras varias escuchas, parece como si esa sensación de deja vù no dejara de acecharnos. Todo nos suena familiar y conocido, y sin embargo, su escucha es de lo más amena y disfrutable.

Ian McCann

Record Collector Magazine
Unstoppable! Clearly, they could have been huge, but chose a more challenging path.

Philip Verhaege

Keys and Chords
De uit Chicago afkomstige psychedelische rockband The Luck Of Eden Hall is terug met een nieuw album ‘Alligators Eat Gumdrops’. Als voorbode op de nieuwe release presenteert de band in samenspraak met het label Fruits de Mer Records, een 7” single met vier tracks. Een gekleurd vinylexemplaar is beschikbaar op slecht 750 copies en wordt een waar collectors item. De EP begint met The Doors classic ‘Crystal Ship’. Een waar getrouwe versie net als de opvolger ‘Black Sheep’ oorspronkelijk van SRC. Maar de twee originele nummers ‘Bangalore’, die verwijst naar de strekking “batgirl does Bollywood“, en vooral de heavy uitgebalanceerde ‘This Is Strange’ dragen onvoorwaardelijk onze voorkeur. Met een popgetinte gitaarsound herbergt deze laatste track wel heuse hitpotenties.

The Luck Of Eden Hall present modern psych rock and combines that with a 60s classic tunes, all with a briljant effect.

Daniel Belsazar

Rolling Stone Antworten: The Luck of Eden Hall (Germany)
Ich kann es kaum glauben, dass diese US-Band aus Chicago, Illinois, bis vor wenigen Monaten tatsächlich noch nie auf meinem Horizont aufgetaucht ist. Seit gut zwanzig Jahren sind die drei bis vier Bandmitglieder rund um Mastermind Gregory Curvey unterwegs. 1993 veröffentlichten sie ihr erstes Album "Belladonna Marmelade", dessen Sound noch etwas nach dem Grunge-Bastard Stoner geriet, aber dennoch auch dort schon klar psychedelische Pop-Untertöne bereit hielt. Auch das zweite Album "Par Crone" von 1997, eher ein Sololabum oder Seitenprojekt von Curvey, klingt folgerichtig.

Es folgt eine längere Pause, bis 2006 "Subterrene" erscheint, auf dem die Band vollends in den flirrenden Kosmos zwischen Psychedelic und (Power) Pop eintaucht. Die Produktion wirkt wie bei so vielen Klassikern des Genres etwas Heimstudio lastig, manchmal würde man sich etwas mehr Druck wünschen. Das aber wird mehr als wett gemacht durch gutes Songwriting, wunderschöne Melodien, originelle Texte, ein interessantes Drumspiel und jede Menge Herzblut und Engagement.

Älter geworden und offensichtlich fokussierter und kreativer als je zuvor legen Curvey und die Band seitdem stetig nach. 2009 folgt das Album mit dem Klassetitel "When the clock starts to wake up we go to sleep", das den eingeschlagenen Weg des Halluzinogen-Pop teils auf die Spitze treibt. Und je oller, je doller: Einmal wieder angestoßen, findet die Kreativität kaum ein Ende. 2011 kommt der Doppelschlag von "Butterfly Revolutions Vol 1 & Vol 2", im August 2012 schließlich das aktuelle Album "Alligators eat gumdrops", mit dem ich sie vor kurzem schätzen und lieben gelernt habe. Zurzeit höre ich das viel und erobere zugleich genießend den gesamten Backkatalog.

Eine Empfehlung für alle, die psychedelischen Power Pop lieben.

Joe Wildthing

Editor's Pick: The Luck of Eden Hall / Alligators Eat Gumdrops
The Luck of The Eden Hall (hereinafter LOEH) apparently have a lucky streak lately. Having their roots in the scene 90s, the last five years have reactivated discography with fairly intense way and Alligators Eat Gumdrops their last essay, published by themselves in extremely limited numbers (although bandcamp and be well will find it easy to http://theluckofedenhall.bandcamp.com/ with artwork and everything else you need). Apart from procedural now, I am rarely in the last year listening to a new column disk - to the extent that risk being characteristic "geroperiergos" - but this disc with the LOEH captured by surprise. The Alligators are an unexpected exhibition of creativity, endless inspiration, executive and enorchistrotikis perfection, fantasy production, flawless pop sensory and freshness. Our friend Curvey (vocals, guitars, bass, sitar, keyboards, theremini, flute and percussion!), who is the mastermind of this "revolutionary organization" apparently sold his soul to Satan in exchange for eternal youth and talent to endlessly recycle the materials we have in our collective database of musical experiences from several decades but were absorbed at basic amino acids that recreates exciting new musical adventures with rare taste and aesthetics. The LOEH not restrain themselves in conventional weapons, are ready to make unconventional orchestration hits using whatever weapon seems appropriate in every circumstance: mellotron, sax, theremini, sitar, Tapes, " pissed " guitars, whatever you need. There are also limited to one style "psychedelic" - all fall into marmita: the flower power, the neopsychedeleia the 80s (American and English), the power pop, etc. to succeed each time the prescription. And also know how to write songs: "This Is Strange", "Green Faery", "Ten Meters Over the Ground", "Amoreena Had Enough Yesterday", "Wasting the Days of Youth", "Goodnight Anne Berlin", "Alligators Eating Gumdrops "- of the best songs you can hear this year. The conclusion after all this is that you proskalloume (urge) to invest time and money in LOEH whatever race you think you belong (pouroker, hipsters, popsters, hobbits, orcs, etc.)

Nick Leese, Heyday Mail Order Blog (UK)

Alligators Eat Gumdrops
Luck Of Eden Hall’s latest ‘Alligators Eat Gumdrops’ is a superb album! One of those rare releases with every track worth its inclusion. No ‘filler’…

‘Alligators…’ is intelligent and well arranged pop/psych songwriting with all the right influences. Easy to mention The Beatles (particularly ‘Revolver’ period) but I reckon the band know the best of the rest from the last 50 years as well. Catchy too, I woke up most mornings with one of the songs remaining in my head from the day before, which is pretty amazing! I love my music, I’m deaf without it, but this doesn’t usually happen.

From the reflective piano based opener ‘High Heeled Flippers’ to the driving title track that closes it, it's a wonderful listen! Check out ‘Bangalore’ with all it’s grooviness and sitar(!), the gorgeous melodies of ‘Summertime Girl’ & ‘Amorina Had Enough Yesterday’, plus the wistful ‘Green Faery’ and ‘Wasting The Days Of Youth’. Another day, another favourite!

Inventiveness too - backwards tape effects, sound samples, mellotron and synths. Kudos for the drumming! Solid throughout with a wicked snare! A well produced piece of work, housed in a hand embossed and numbered card sleeve featuring Curvey’s artwork. 200 copies only!

Going fast…

Simon Lewis -Terrascope

The Luck of Eden Hall / Alligators Eat Gumdrops
Dealing in what could be described as classic psychedelia, The Luck of Eden Hall have proved themselves master practitioners of the art, each of their previous releases liberally spiced with some top tunes. However, on this release they have pulled it all together to create their finest moment so far, a fantastic collection that recalls the heady days of swinging London, which is no bad thing in my book.

Opening with the short and sweet piano led “High Heeled Flippers”, a song that sounds like it could have fallen of the back of “Revolver”, the peace is shattered wonderfully by “Bangalore” a sitar drenched psych rocker, that has fuzz, harmony, solos and a manic stomp packed into its three minute groove, sounding like it could be an album favourite and igniting the album with style. After the paisley shimmer of “Ten Meters Over The Ground”, think Dukes of Stratosphear meet The Hollies, we are treated to the wonderful “Summertime Girl”, the first of two excellent songs written by Bassist Mark Lofgren, the rest of the album being penned by Gregory Curvey, the main man behind the band.

Suitably strange both lyrically and musically, “Amoreena Had Enough Today” Manages to sound like The Eels and The Pretty Things, the tune having a languid hazy atmosphere and a great middle section. With some fine backward guitar to begin, “Green Faery” ups the tempo again, getting your head spinning nicely, the lava lamp well and truly warmed up by now, which is just as well as the beautiful and melancholic “Wasting the Days of Youth” swirls your brain outwards,a gorgeous tune that is beautifully produced, kissing the sun with ease. Next up “Goodnight Anne Berlin” is the second song penned by Mark Lofgren and possibly one of my favourites, a jangly guitar taking the song on a Byrdsian flight to the sweet spot, that is matched by “A Carney's Delirium” the recorder intro and arrangement reminding me of Gorkys, although the song has an identity and atmosphere all of its own, as well as some wonderful guitar playing towards the end.

Nice and noisy, “This is Strange” allows the guitar to run free with some great riffing and power chords, demanding that you turn it up to appreciate its' splendour, reminding me of The Small Faces in freakout mode. Finally the album closes with another rocker as the title track displays a sense of fun and a kaleidoscopic heart that makes you smile.

One of the strengths of this album is the running order, each song complementing the one before and after, couple that with the sheer quality of the songwriting and you have a collection that will be played for a long time to come. Limited to 200 copies and worth picking up sooner rather than later.
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