The Green Hour Band were a visionary young Vancouver psych garage combo who sadly broke up as this album was being released in 2010. The world lost out but this album lives on. Green Hour Band members have went on to other great combos such as Sun Wizard (Light Organ Records), Hallow Moon, The Orpheans, The Zolas, as well as James Younger solo (Light Organ Records). Singer/songwriter/guitarist Thomas Rowe has relocated to London, England.
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Since their self-titled first release, THE GREEN HOUR BAND have gone on to cement its place as one of the young underground psych projects to watch. Having shared bills with such bands as BLACK MOUNTAIN, DEAD MEADOW, SPINDRIFT, and THE UPSIDEDOWN, The GHB have drawn rave reviews as, "a HEAVY force to be reckoned with."
For this their second release, COMING OF CLOCKWISE, the band has spared no expense for the BIG sound they've been searching for since their inception. Having admired his work on BLACK MOUNTAIN's 2008 release, IN THE FUTURE, employing the mixing services of JOHN CONGLETON was at the top of the list. John has worked with a wide array of artists over his career that sees everyone from the likes of MODEST MOUSE to R KELLY fall under his influence. Also featured on the record is west coast synth guru, JOSH STEVENSON, a former member of JACKIE O MOTHERFUCKER and PINK MOUNTAINTOPS. Josh invokes early BRIAN ENO and, DARK SIDE OF THE MOON era, PINK FLOYD on the record, working his original 1970 EMS SYNTHI AKS to hair raising effect. But what is truly at the heart of this record, and of the utmost importance to any good record, are well crafted songs, with hooks for days, by a young energetic band who are ready to shed the weight of their influences, and stand alone in their own right.
Other points of interest about the record, include the distinctive cover art painted by DONALD ROLLER WILSON. Donald's career as an artist is punctuated by a stint as FRANK ZAPPA's designer in the 80's.
This will be Scratch Records 61st release in a career that spans three decades. Their back catalog includes BLACK MOUNTAIN, PINK MOUNTAINTOPS, DESTROYER, and FROG EYES amongst others.
THE GREEN HOUR BAND-Self Titled CD (Kingdom Records/KIN001) 2008
"this album has the frantic force of a tsunami."
-Joshua Kloke, gloriousnoise.com
"sounds like Their Satanic Majesties Request as recorded by the Beatles and released on ESP Disc. It's far-out, man."
-Jeffrey Morgan, Detroit Metro Times
"Ultimately The Green Hour Band, which often sounds like vintage Oasis, is young, happy, dynamic, and unpredictable rock best suited for loud boisterous parties."
-Sarah Malik, The Gateway
"Green Hour simply dig loud, sweaty, far-out music and they play it with gusto and without pretension."
-Mary Christa O'Keefe, Edmonton Vue
"À prendre en grande quantité, à n'importe quelle heure."
-Maxime Morin, Bandeaparte
"Best local release in the last 20 years!"
-Rob Firth, Neptoon Records
"The name refers to the practice of sipping absinthe, but the Green Hour Band's debut sounds more like the result of bathtub acid."
-Adrian Mack, Georgia Straight
"this debut is an eveloping, jangling, stereophonic, echo-plexed, psychedelic experience."
-Mark Bignell, Skinny Magazine
"Often loud and abrasive in that erratic proto-punk garage style, the Green Hour Band is as genuine as you'd hope."
-Evan Davies, Now Magazine
"There are a lot of good Vancouver bands playing in a huge variety of styles and this one has outlined a place of its own, which makes it the best in an exclusive circle."
-Tom Harrison, The Province Newspaper
"TGHB brings uniqueness to their music, with a definite Syd Barrett undertone, and that garage-esque thing we've heard from people like The Strokes or Franz Ferdinand."
-Peter Bremner, SoundProof Magazine
"On their self-titled debut full-length Vancouver, Canada's The Green Hour Band blends all the best elements of psychedelia (The Yardbirds, Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd), proto-punk (The Stooges, The Velvet Underground) and good old fashioned garage rock (Captain Beefheart, MC5) into some of the best hyper-retro 60's revival that I've heard in a long while."
"Psych-garage-rock grooves with that snarling 60's attitude. A sound that captures the essence of The Stones, The Sonics, bands found on The Nuggets series. Raw guitar-driven combustion that pounds, that roars, that keeps that dangerous flame burning brightly. This is real rock and roll in all it's wicked glory."
"This Vancouver band will make you forget about the newest Black Angels and Spiritualized releases."
-CJAM Radio Music Review
"the songs groove, the tunes are catchy, and you get the feeling that The Green Hour Band would put on a great live show."
-Erin Bell, sceneandheard.ca