Salem Hill News
- Carl Groves wrote a few comments about the new album they are working on and since there are quite a few SH fans on this list I thought I would post them:
>> I'll give youwhat I can. But, I think that because of the scope of the new album's
subject matter, I don't foresee any concrete explanation on the
concept/story ever being given. Here are some general facts, tho:
We're calling it "Be". It's conceptual/thematic. Already, though
still in its infancy, it's easily the most collaborative project SH
has ever done. I'll say that for me personally, it has some
autobiographical content...and when you read the lyrics, that'll
probably disturb you. I'll predict that many SH fans will be quite
upset by the disturbing content of album...and they should be. Folks
looking for a simple, spiritually packaged, feel-good message will be
disappointed. Folks willing to dig a little deeper won't. Folks
looking for a Christian album will be disappointed. Christians
looking for a good album won't. As to the sound? Who knows. Pat's
contributions are quite heavy. Mike's music is, of course, much
different. My stuff is all over the place. I've spent this past week
writing and demoing quite a lot. And on playback it sounds like
Supertramp meets Crimson meets Genesis meets Tool meets the Beatles
meets King's X meets Klaatu. In other words it sounds
like...well...me sounding like SH. Once the 4 of us put our
respective personal stamps on each other's stuff, it'll obviously
sound like a Hillion record, tho, hopefully better than the ones
we've done before. That's certainly our intention. But, as Gracie has
accurately pointed out, that'll be subject to the opinions of each
one of you. <<
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- Since I know there some Salem Hill fans here I thought I would pass this along from Carl Groves:
Happy New Year to you all. I just wanted to share some info on what
the Hill is up to at this 2002-2003 cusp.
Yesterday, I got word from Cyclops that they will begin replication
of the live album next week. Therefore, they should be ready for
retail in Europe by month's end. We'll get a limited shipment to sell
from salemhill.com a little later. I realize I'm preaching to the
choir here, but I really believe you'll all groove on this record.
The band will be done with the pre-production work for the new studio
album early next week. We'll begin recording shortly thereafter.
Without trying to be coy or be a tease, I will say that I can't
remember being this excited about a Salem Hill album. This is the
first time Pat and I have written together since "Catatonia", and the
first time Mike and I have written together since we roomed together
in college. I'm really looking forward to sharing this album with all
Again, my best wishes to all of you for the new year.
- This from Carl Groves of Salem Hill:
Greetings, Peculiar People!
The new Salem Hill live album, "Puppet Show", is now available. Comprised of
recordings taken from outdoor festivals, cheesy little clubs, and Salem
Hill's fan party last July, "Puppet Show" is 110 minutes (2 CDs) of rip
roaring fun. Also included in this compilation is a brand new Salem Hill
studio track entitled "Waiting for Wonderfulness."
So if you're needing a fix of SH to tide you over till the new studio
release of "Be" later this year, or if you just want to hear the boys sing,
play and make merriment on stage with depraved abandon, go to salemhill.com
and order your copy of "Puppet Show" today!
And, as always, we genuflect to you all.
- Here is the latest from Carl Groves of Salem Hill:
Spent this past week recording Pat's bass tracks to "Be" and am so
juiced I have to share it with you.
We finished drums last week and plunged right in to recording bass.
Amazingly, we will be done with bass next week. I've already recorded
a lot of my rhythm and acoustic guitar tracks, so it looks like we're
actually *past* the halfway mark of the instrument tracks!
But the most telling aspect of our sessions thus far is what I'm
hearing from my comrades. Before Kevin came in in early March, I was
telling my Hillion brothers that I feel "Be" could be something
really special. I didn't get the rolled eyes, but I imagine they're
used to seeing my early-in-the-going enthusiasm. However, they're
also used to seeing it fade as the weariness of the recording process
takes it toll. Folks, I'm still singing these silly tunes in my car
having written or co-written 'em months and months ago. And each
session I participate in gets me even more excited. My bandmates are
more...er...staid in their emotions. However, after completing his
tracks, Kevin said, "easily the finest thing I've ever done." And
last night, Pat said, "this stuff sounds better than 'The Robbery.'"
And they're both right.
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