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"Hitchcock Blonde's Soul Button"

Electronic pop music with a touch of Pink Floyd, a little Sly and the Family Stone, a bit of Bowie, some Collective Soul and traces of Roxy Music thrown in as well...I'm sure it will be a hit with the groove oriented dance crowd. Very cool cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite Of Love". August 2006

http://www.earcandymag.com/reviews49.htm
- Ear Candy Magazine


"Hitchcock Blonde's Soul Button"

Electronic pop that boasts alternative rock guitars and lofty hooks, Soul Button by Washington DC area band Hitchcock Blonde is a thrifty listen rarely wasting a note or verse. Featuring Kowtow Popof, whom Smother has featured prior, the band eagerly delivers addictive riffs and fun upbeat tempos. The percussive elements are very earthy and feel close to world music. Good stuff.

http://www.smother.net/reviews/modernrock.php?ID=1732
- Smother.net


"Hitchcock Blonde's Soul Button"

This record comes wrapped in an eye-catching sleeve a cover of a scantily clad blonde. Not so much a Hitchcock blonde (they had more clothes) as a pinup blonde. The music's funky and catchy, the frontman Kerr comes across as Beck meets Jamiroquai. "ETI" (which is a cover of a Blue Öyster Cult song, written by Donald Roeser and Sandy Pearlman) has plenty of wah-wah guitars and a backing vocal by the sweet-voiced Janna Audey that appeals to me. "Taking Flight" is weirdly like Beloved, all blissed-out singing and happy vibes. "The Man With the Flower in His Mouth" is equally sweet, summer of love vibes being felt. The vocals are soulful and oddly plaintive.

The album ends with covers of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" and Holly Vincent's "Rock Against Romance". They both work fine, with Audey singing lead on the latter song. It's an unusual, multi-faceted collection of music this one. --Anna Maria Stjärnell, June 2006

http://www.lunakafe.com/moon119/usva119.php - LunaKafe.com


"Hitchcock Blonde"

Electronic noir lightens up in the hands of Hitchcock Blonde. Their world music inspired sound is equally indebted to the sunshiny grooves of Jack Johnson. These mysterious strangers will have you singing in the shower. --Editor's Review

http://music.download.com/hitchcockblonde/3600-8573_32-100226591.html?tag=MDL_listing_song_artist - Download.com


Discography

Soul Button (2006)

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Official website: http://www.hitchcockblonde.com

Hitchcock Blonde formed in the fall of 2000 when, after years of playing in conventional rock outfits, guitarist-bassist-audio engineer Eamon Loftus and drummer-Propellerhead Reason maven-technophile Gordon Scott Goodrick teamed up to embark on a nonlinear digital audio editing adventure. Their first recording was “The Formula for Life”, which the band views as an alternate, albeit condensed, soundtrack to Universal’s 1935 classic, The Bride of Frankenstein. The song did well on the Electronic charts on Garageband.com, and eventually was noticed by a local film director who asked the band to provide an opening title track for his film, Evenfall (www.evenfallmovie.com), in 2004.

In between that first recording and the movie title track, Hitchcock Blonde developed a style based on loops, samples, and sequences while emphasizing more traditional song structures and including more conventional instruments, as well as not quite so conventional ones such as Theremin and mouth trumpet. This direction coincided with the arrival of singer/songwriter Kevin Kerr (aka Kowtow Popof) in mid to late 2001 when the band invited Kerr to add vocals to what would eventually become “Shangri-La” on the band’s debut album, Soul Button. Original influences of bands such as Tangerine Dream and Enigma became fused with those of rock acts like Pink Floyd and David Bowie, and a full-fledged album began to take shape in band originals like “Taking Flight,” “Black Eye Galaxy,” and “The Man with the Flower in his Mouth.”

While constructing these originals, Hitchcock Blonde showed a flair for slightly warped, deconstructed cover songs as well: Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love,” which originally appeared as a Kowtow track on the 2003 Wampus Multimedia Reed tribute CD After Hours, comes across as a space slacker’s ode to alienation before devolving into a Mystery Science Theater 3000 block party; Blue Oyster Cult’s “E.T.I.” evokes Prince abducted by aliens in a Middle Eastern Area 51; and Holly Beth Vincent’s New Wave anthem, “Rock Against Romance,” builds from electronica-inflected torch song to a breathtaking arena-rock coda.

Soul Button’s originals-book-ended-by-covers approach gives the recording an album-within-an-album feel, but the instrumentation threading through the CD’s tracks ties these songs together into a whole, particularly singer/songwriter Janna Audey’s vocals and Loftus’s guitars. Kerr and Audey trade verse and chorus on “E.T.I.,” with Audey then turning up later backing Kerr on “Oblivion” and “S.O.L.” before taking over the lead on the album’s closer, “Rock Against Romance.” Loftus’s electric guitar adorns most of the record in various forms--mournful e-bow, singing slide, straight-ahead power chords, and frenetic leads--sometimes all at once.

What started out as a Frankenstein-like experiment in electronica evolved into the rock monster Soul Button. Could Bride of Soul Button be next?

Links:

Check out 'Compromised,' Hitchcock Blonde's opening theme for the short film, Evenfall: http://www.stubbzilla.com/evenfall.html

Buy Soul Button at CDBaby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/hitchcockblonde

Download Soul Button at iTunes: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=141829743&s=143441

Swag: http://www.cafepress.com/hitchcockblonde

Downloads: http://music.download.com/hitchcockblonde, http://www.garageband.com/artist/H_Blonde