Heavy Water Experiments

Heavy Water Experiments

BandAlternativeRock

Dark, sexy, melodic, psychedelic/stoner rock and beyond. "Pink Sabbath," "Doorphine," or "Radio Queens of the Stone Head" but everyone says our sound is VERY original and compelling. Find out for yourself!!!

Biography

Formerly known as Imogene, LA-based Heavy Water Experiments passionately resists the tendency of modern bands to revive sounds of bygone eras. While admittedly taking influence from 60’s and 70’s genres such as psychedelic and progressive rock, this is a group who strives to break new ground according to an avant-garde or art rock sensibility. One of the ways HWE achieves this is through unique instrumentation, such as the use of an 8-string bass along with a regular 4-string bass, keyboards, and drums. However, the band never relies on this approach as a marketing gimmick since it also incorporates electric and acoustic guitars in the usual way.

The sound of the band is eclectic and can range from a dark, heavy quality to a mellower, acoustic-oriented vibe. Certain tracks might seem to fit well in the stoner rock category, for example, while others could be deemed indie rock or some other current genre. In the past, the band has used marriage characterizations such as “Pink Sabbath, “ “Doorphine,” and “Radio Queens of the Stone Head.” These are intended to underscore the notion that HWE neither sounds like one particular band nor like any specific combination of bands. Accordingly, HWE has been compared to a vast number of past-to-present artists, and yet there has never been a tendency toward one or even a few in particular.

So far, HWE has enjoyed a laudable degree of progress while still remaining independent. To date, the band has toured the US and the UK (twice) as well as performing a handful of shows in Holland and Belgium. Locally, 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 Café, which culminated in being chosen as one of Amoeba Records’ local picks. The band’s debut release has received over 50 enthusiastic reviews internationally, and the album has been accumulating 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 appeared on various sets for an entire season of The OC. The band has also self-organized two underground music festivals in the neighboring Mojave Desert with many notable LA bands 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 Salvidor, plays drums and percussion.

Lyrics

Sunny Day Child

Written By: Imogene

Sunny day coming out--no more clouds--I'm breaking through.

Honey child going wrong--now I'm strong I'm shaking you.

Sunny day, honey child
Sunny day child--it won't be long till I break through...

Sunny day going down--back around, I'm shining too.

Honey child with a frown--now I've found I'm shinging you.

Sunny day, honey child
Sunny day child--it won't be long till I break through...

Paper Dolls

Written By: David Melbye

While no one ever talks to me
My paper dolls make me feel complete
And all throughout the afternoon
My paper dolls dance around the room

While other children must obey
My paper dolls keep me here at play
And all you kids must stay in school
But paper dolls go by my own rules

I shape their heads and shoe their feet
My paper dolls in the sun are neat
And you will live your life unto
The paper doll I could make for you

Anodyne

Written By: David Melbye

V1 It’s only me you’re seeking.
I’ll be your anodyne.
It’s not the thoughts you’re thinking.
They’re only undermined.
And though your hopes are sinking
I know there’ll come a time.
It’s only me you need…

CH Stop you mind
From wanting to find it
Imagining the way you do
Just in time
You’ve found I can be your
Anodyne.

V2 They’re only ghosts you’re chasing.
I see them floating by.
Against the clouds you’re racing.
As if you’d learned to fly.
The love you were embracing
Has only made you cry.
They’re only ghosts you chase…

CH Stop you mind
From wanting to find it
Imagining the way you do
Just in time
You’ve found I can be your
Anodyne.

B) Dreaming on a train toward me.
Feeling you can now afford me.

V3 It’s only me you’re seeking.
I’ll be your anodyne.
It’s not the thoughts you’re thinking.
They’re only undermined.
And though your hopes are sinking
I know there’ll come a time.
It’s only me you need…

CH (repeat twice)

Discography

"Imogene" (debut full-length CD)
Heavy Water Experiments (new album)

Set List

1) Anodyne
2) Mainliner
3) Dementia
4) Sour Candy
5) new song
6) Clairvoyance
7) Mirror the Sky
8) Paper Dolls
--We typically play a 45-minute set (7-10 songs), but have enough material to play for at least two hours.