- New to the list & thought I'd say hello.
You may well be right about the digital distortion. I'll confess I
haven't been interested enough to check carefully on its source, only
interested enough to enjoy some of its results. For my money anyway, I
usually find it matters none at all whether the trick's been done at the
guitar pedal or the mixing board, only whether or not I can reap the
However, reports I've heard from the High Rise live shows in the States
have been that the band wasn't particularly loud onstage. What's more, the
ability to hear things like drumstick count-ins and audience chatter in the
quieter parts of the newest live High Rise cd ("Durophet") points to the
possibility that their legendarily overdriven sound is something of an
after-the-fact production phenomenon.
While I won't say that Mainliner's "Mellow Out" is the best release from
that flock of folks, you might try again with High Rise's "Distortions".
This one, when it came out, seemed to have the most, uh, 'crossover appeal',
and its production also just happens to be a bit more carefully chiseled.
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>find at the time. As a result, I haven't checked out any High Rise, as I
>really don't like the Mainliner disc at all. Rob, can you recommend some
>The Mainliner disc sounds like it was pushed far into digital distortion at
>some point in the recording and mastering chain, it's really harsh and
>grainy sounding, and, to my ears, not the sound of analog tape or analog
>circuits overloading, which have a completely different character.
>Underneath all the distortion, I hear a fairly straight-forward rock band,
>and, while it is hard to tell because of the recording quality, it doesn't
>sound like a particularly inspired rock band. Maybe if it was better
>recorded, I could hear more nuance. I do like heavy music, and the reason I
>sought out the record in the first place was that a friend had described
>High Rise as something like Black Sabbath playing free jazz, which sounded
- On Thu, 25 Mar 1999, Angela wrote:
> While I won't say that Mainliner's "Mellow Out" is the bestYou mean "Dispersion"? There isn't any album called "Distortions" from
> release from that flock of folks, you might try again with High Rise's
> "Distortions". This one, when it came out, seemed to have the most,
> uh, 'crossover appeal', and its production also just happens to be a
> bit more carefully chiseled.
High Rise (though there is a fine album of that name from the Litter from
their post-mod days). According to the band, the album wasn't finished
when it was released- if you want, you can seek out the "corrected"
version (apparently with a bunch of overdubs) on cassette from their own
La Musica imprint. A lot of people complained that it was their
cross-over mersh metal album, but I think they don't want to admit that
the distortion is an intrinsic part of their interest in the band.
I agree that the Mainliner albums sound relatively uninspired, but I think
that's more because the dynamic is so static. I'd say that High Rise
_Live_ is their finest moment so far, with _II_ a close second (and now
available in the US domestically from the swine at Squealer). As for the
distortion "controversy," I remember Mason (of Charnel House) saying that
the tape he rec'd for _Mellow Out_ was totally maxed out in the red- I
just assumed it was a two track cassette, oh well.