Vinyl edition includes voucher for free MP3 download of the whole album.
The second album from this trio of young (all are 25) musicians shows a distinct development from their slightly patchy but very promising debut Cowboy Music (Jazzaway, 2007).
Founded by Even and Gard in 2003 in their hometown of Skien, a couple of hours from Oslo, the trio aim to combine the jazz/improv background of the rhythm section with the rock/metal background of leader, composer and guitarist Even Helte Hermansen to create their own expressive music inspired by names like Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix as well as Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler. Even grew up with groups and musicians like Kiss, Pantera, Sepultura, Faith No More, Frank Zappa and John Coltrane.
He is also a member of such diverse groups as Shining and Solveig Slettahjell's Slow Motion Orchestra. Rune is from the northern town of Bodø and also plays in Humvee and Eirik Hegdal Quartet, while Gard can be found in Puma, Humvee and Lord Kelvin.
Both have a background from the Jazz Academy in Trondheim, breathing ground for musicians like Arve Henriksen, Ståle Storløkken, Nils Petter Molvær and many more.
Musically You Lost Me At Hello has an untamed energy to it and shows a looser and rougher side than the debut. At the same time the album as a whole seems more focused.
The production is quite heavy with a dark and dirty side to it. In the Rune Grammofon catalogue You Lost Me At Hello is probably most comparable to Scorch Trio, with a more rocking edge to it, and Motorpsycho.
Regarding the origin of the bandname, there's a real this one goes to eleven story attached to it. Even had a nasty and near fatal encounter with an insanely hot South African Chilli sauce of the same name bursting the hot-o-meter and laying waste strong contenders such as Bushman's Fire and Bushman's Hot AZ Hell... A fitting name to a blasting group....
1. Count The Holes In Your Head
2. Bølehøgda Rock City
4. Hell Is For Hello
5. King Of Hello
6. Ghostwriters In The Sky
7. No Sleep 'Till Hammerfest
8. Champagne For My Real Friends