3D5SPD: Faster Gravity3d5spd Bio/Trajectory
Perpetrators: Justin Gray - bass, reconnaissance; Chris Hoke - guitars, vocals, parachute tech; Sean Moore - drums, textures, night vision; Joie Williams - samples, synths, vocals, chemical analysis
Mission: To use electricity, rhythm, and space to transcend the stupor caused by dream-deficit. Not post nor pre, 3d is NOW: sonicadilla-poppyprogrockzilla.
Synopsis: Justin G., Chris H., Sean M., and yet another Sean (singer) formed Hosaka Science in 1995, dubiously grafting prog-rock to Leonard Cohen-type proclamations of unhealthy societal alienation and isolation. Imperceptible impact resulted, unless the nicotine burns the band etched into the floors of various Atlanta clubs are analyzed (like cave paintings). When Sean H. (singer) bailed, the desire to continue paying practice room rent prevailed. After auditioning one misguided Peter Cetera-fixated wannabe too many, Chris H. was conscripted to sing (his inability to say no is legendary). Joie W. joined on synths and samples, and the resulting foursome became 3d5spd; the name may signify the stars spinning around a cartoon villain's head as his fingers are shredded by whirling bike spokes, then again, it may not.
Clutching kryptonite, amps that turned up to the square root of negative 28, pipe-screens, crayon bongos, nylon pickups and flesh-eating oscillators, 3d recorded a whole lot of notes, UFO noises and myriad metric twists and released them as their debut CD Faster Gravity in Jan. 1998. Later that year the band was included on Daemon Records' Hempcyclopedia CD-ROM compilation alongside such notables as Michael Franti of Spearhead. In August 1999, 3d self-released the CD-EP Tracking the Hydroplane, an even more interstellar effort that colorized the band's fixation with taming the anomaly. While recording what they planned to be their next full-length, 3d discovered unintended threads connecting four tracks and released them in August 2001 as the Radial Quartet EP. In mid-2002 3d inked a deal with Atlanta-based indie Two Sheds Music, which released the full-length CD Fever in the Ice Age in Nov. 2002. Currently, the band is constructing their next record at their recently configured studio The Farm.
Various events that have momentarily suppressed frustration: nationwide college radio airplay; Hydroplane's "Propeller Skies" inclusion in the SPIN College Radio Series; Fever in the Ice Age's "Now and Then" licensed by Kenneth Cole Shoes for a special customers-only Fall 2003 mix-CD; shows with American Analog Set, Bailter Space, The Dismemberment Plan, The Sunshine Fix, Seven Percent Solution and Uz Jsme Doma.
The beats roll in and the waves roll back.
Select opinions of Faster Gravity:
"Praises galore for this local Atlanta quartet, which doesn't conveniently fall into the 'Atlanta Sound.' Just when you think you have pinned Faster Gravity down, 3d5spd change the rules of the game. There's not a single dull or predictable moment on the disc..."
* Faster Gravity was voted one of the top three local Atlanta albums of 1998 by INsite magazine.
"Multifaceted and armed for the future, 3d5spd's Faster Gravity is the dreamy yet far from ethereal sound of a band whose gift for melody is equally matched by a need to consistently rearrange the template..."
"Atlanta cut-and-paste rockers 3d5spd have a commendable sound. They string together clever, unstructured synth and bass rhythms with guitar hooks to pull off a sort of lo-fi, postmodern thing. Too bad it's so damned catchy... 3d5spd's mystical jazz-based stuff with melodic twists and turns takes it out of acid jazz and more into prog rock. Not easily categorizable and all the more intriguing for it... This is the band of many talents. It's entirely possible that they have many more than three dimensions and five speeds..."
"Though Faster Gravity ventures well out into the art-rock vein, 3d5spd are no lame hippy band, as they manage to inject plenty of energy, jangling guitar and a busy rhythm section into each song, meandering one moment and blazing ahead the next..."
"Faster Gravity is a very impressive self-produced and released debut -- an experimental rock record with a lot of ambient tricks and effects, computer loops and jazzy grooves that set it apart as a challenging musical piece. Very promising..."
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