Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds will be releasing two special solo project debuts, West End Motel and Fiend Without A Face, as a two-CD set on June 7th. Here is the background info:
Fiend Without A Face are a rockabilly/porno/metal concoction mixed with a bit of a country, surf guitar and apple sauce on the side. They've been rockin' house parties for nearly two decades, but word on the street is that they're about to go legit thanks to Rocket Science!
The self-titled debut features 13 tracks of singular awesomeness that needs to be experienced by anyone looking for a bit of adventure in their listening outings. Like a fat man sending back soup, these boys are on a mission for the world's condition. Fiend Without A Face are armed and dangerous, packing just pantyhose, a fez and a bit of Vyvanse.
West End Motel is a conglomerate of losers, poets and hobo-sexuals. Tom Cheshire met Hinds in Atlanta on a corner under a bridge in 1993. They were panhandling and drinking cough syrup and before long, music began spewing from their pores. Songs were written on an acoustic guitar and a bucket with the occasional toy piano in the background. Late nights turned into early mornings and much booze was consumed. They write and sing for the underdog and give the listener a glimmer of hope. Originally, they aimed for a Simon And Garfunkel hanging out with Ethel Merman but the end product sounds more like Nick Cave fronting Gogol Bordello. The songs take on a life of their own and no two tracks sound alike. Throw Mike Shina, Stiff Penalty and Ben Thrower into the mix and you got yourself one good time.
West End Motel are now an official collective and are ready to get down to proverbial business with nine-track debut Don't Shiver, You're A Winner. 2011 is their year and they're on a mission with no luggage. The band took over Brooklyn this past fall, where rich men, housewives, home bums and a garbageman danced in the streets. The West Coast is next, then the world. These men love music and write for people who love music. It's that simple. They write songs of loss and laughter and occasionally offer a new lease on life. They're a gospel band, a soul band, a band of gypsies… Hear for yourself.
Fiend Without A Face and West End Motel will be released as a two-CD set via Rocket Science Inc on June 7, 2011. Said Hinds of the recordings: "I feel like a thousand umpa lumpas have been lifted from my back. I want to thank everyone that made this possible..seeing in the time it took to put these two albums out, I wrote five more, so whoever likes this kind of stuff, there's a lot more where this came from."
Brent Hinds Presents Friend Without A Face and West End Motel
Two - CD Set
Friend Without A Face
02. Black Grass
03. Green Slime
05. Bank Robbin Bandits
07. Hot Rod
08. New York
09. Don't Like
12. Get Straight
West End Motel
Don't Shiver, You're A Winner
01. The Confident Wino/...And We Are Here To Entertain You
02. The Devil Called Me Tommy
03. I Like It A Lot
04. She's On Fire
05. Under My Skin
06. Silly Old Song