Heavy Water Experiments – Hermes Told Me So / The Plunge 7″

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SIDE A: “Hermes Told Me So”   

SIDE B: “The Plunge”

Download both tracks at the Bandcamp link HERE

Limited run of 500 on clear blue wax.  For Heavy Water Experiments vinyl debut, they saved two of their finest slabs of thick and hooky psych prog from the recording sessions that produced their critically acclaimed ST album (2008).  Side A “Hermes Told Me So” would have been a certified radio hit if it was released in 1974 when Deep Purple were on the radio charts and not shitty bands like Nickelback. Impose magazine called it a  is a glorious ’60s/’70s inspired racket that bristles with careening, radio-ready melodies underpinning a muscular rhythm section and squealing acid-rock bluster.”  and I couldn’t agree more. Side B “The Plunge” is melodic groove laden tune, back boned by a crunchy 8 stringed octave bass riff that is slowly becoming Dave Melbye’s signature sound.  He interweaves his spacey vocals with heavily sustained keys that sound like they are sitting on a bed of clouds all on top of an unrelenting drum track from Roberto.  I keep getting this Brian Jonestown Massacre mixed with early MBV before Isn’t Anything vibe from both these tracks, but I have a feeling that neither of these bands served strongly as reference points for them.

For Fans of: Obscure 68 – 74′ Prog, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Azrachel, Psychedelic space pop, Black Sabbath


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“What we’ve got here is a glorious ’60s/’70s inspired racket that bristles with careening, radio-ready melodies underpinning a muscular rhythm section and squealing acid-rock bluster.   Impose Magazine


 Striving beyond retro-revivalism toward any and all sounds avant-psychedelic, Heavy Water Experiments dares originality and eclecticism.  From mellow and acoustic to heavy and dark, from ethereal psych folk to thunderous stoner rock, HWE achieves an atypical confluence of mainstream and experimentation.  Classic rock influences may abound, but so many media voices have never drawn comparisons to the same artists or group of artists—at least some testament to HWE’s uniqueness.

The live ensemble has varied from 3 to 5 persons, with combinations of electric/acoustic guitar, 4/8-string bass, electric piano/organ, and drums.  Both male and female vocals of various timbres and styles have appeared, sometimes wordlessly, but a consistent emphasis on melody and emotion perseveres.  To date, the band has toured the US, the UK (twice), Holland, and Belgium.  In and around Los Angeles, the band has played a wide range of venues from Spaceland, The House of Blues, and The Viper Room to more acoustic-oriented venues like The Hotel Cafe, which culminated in being chosen as one of Amoeba Records’ local picks and a more recent write-up in OC Weekly.

The band’s recordings have garnered well over 100 enthusiastic reviews internationally, including a full-page color feature in Classic Rock Magazine.  The current album has accumulated steady international momentum through underground radio airplay and live interviews from DJ’s in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia.  Tracks from the album have also appeared on popular American TV shows such as Friday Night Lights, and the band’s promo poster has appeared on sets for shows like The OC and90210.  The band has also self-organized two underground music festivals in the neighboring Mojave Desert with many notable LA bands such as Crystal Antlers, Spindrift, and The Binges performing.

The band is fronted by singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, and producer David Melbye—an LA native whose past bands/projects include Ludivine, Fuzz Beloved, and Zanzibar. His creative/artistic partner Roberto Salguero, originally from El Salvador, plays drums and percussion.