since its inception in 2005, los angeles band hour of the shipwreck has sought to create fantastical settings through their use of cinematic influenced arrangements with melody driven compositions. their music influences range from muse and radiohead to the film scores of danny elfman and the avante...Read more... rock of sleepytime gorilla museum.
their debut full-length release, the hour is upon us, has an underlying influence in film, particularly by the lord of the rings trilogy and the imaginative animated work of hayao miyazaki. to capture the cinematic mood on the the hour is upon us, hour of the shiwpreck orchestrated for a choir, strings, and brass, blended with the rock quintet, giving the album a production that separates it from much of the indie-rock world.
a 12-string guitarist educated in classical and jazz methods, kohan has served as the band's core along with a lineup of talented musicians trained in a number of genres, making apparent why its sound may fall under descriptors that range from baroque to post-rock, to a new approach deemed fantasy folk. the band lineup includes drummer barbara gruska (jenny lewis, the watson twins, inara george), guitarist marcel camargo (the watson twins, inara george, airto moreira), keyboardist aaron arntz (zappa plays zappa, the red elvises), and upright and electric bassist erik kertes.
hour of the shipwreck has performed with grizzly bear, faun fables, 2 foot yard, stolen babies, two ton boa, bad dudes, and upsilon acrux.
“… one of the best 4ad albums not on the 4ad label… hour of the shipwreck pertain to their own formula of not only dark progressive rock, but also doom laden college/indie rock… breath of fresh air in the world of sophisticated art-rock, not jumping on any bandwagon, being truly inventive with their own approach.” - ytse
"...an undeniable filmic quality... soothing post-rock passages crashing heroically into jagged guitars, waves of discordant synths and... a full freakin’ choir, deployed perfectly." - prefixmag.com
“…the best movie soundtrack never used onscreen… a dreamy soundscape with enough depth and body to be almost tangible… vocals are obviously indebted to jeff buckley’s falsetto… epic really is the only way to describe this album!” - subba-cultchaHide more...
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