Just over a year ago, I came across a series of demos by a band called Cranium Pie. Hailing from Wiltshire, England, the group has been putting out singles on various independent UK labels since 2006, until finally, they released their first full-length LP, Mechanisms Pt. 1 , in the fall of 2011 via Fruits De Mer. After every one of those LPs sold-out, it took me some time to acquire the music. But I’ve finally managed hear it, and I can report to all of you that this is an album you must seek out.
Recalling the likes of Barrett-era Floyd with a dose of Hawkwind, Cranium Pie travels the zoned-out side of the progressive psych rock realm. The band is a five piece, with membership consisting of Robe Appleton (keyboards, vocals), Tim Bray (vocals, theremin, electronics, percussion), Dan Herra (guitars, vocals), Steve Meadows (bass) and Julian Smith (drums). Throughout this concept album, the listener journeys through many zones on a far-reaching sound quest filled with tripped-out narratives, graceful acoustic fingerpicking, prog guitar riffs, extended organ solos and charging space rock.
You can check out album track “Rememberrr” below or head to Cranium Pie’s website where you can now download the album.
After a short posting hiatus, I want to tell you all briefly about the direction of this site going forward along with a bit about its past. In July 2009, this site was born with a single post about Chet Atkins (and a nonsensical statement that would largely set the course for the future). The idea, at that point, was simply to share the music that I loved with other like-minded listeners. But when I decided to write an article about Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio and a group of his child-hood friends, the site took off (with many thanks to Scott Bernstein of Hidden Track and YEMBlog) in it’s first focused direction.
DGB 1.0, if you will, lasted for quite some time until I felt an urge to branch out and share some of the other music I was enjoying. Before long, a full transition was made, leading me to focus on new bands–largely inspired by my relocation to New York City. For over a year now, this site has been dedicated to up-and-coming acts such as Superhuman Happiness, Quilt, Minerva Lions, Real Estate (along with side projects Alex Bleeker and the Freaks and Ducktails), Pure X, Beyondo, Jeffertitti’s Nile and so many more. Many of these acts have broken onto a grander scale and are now known by many. My aim is to introduce you to those bands before that happens, to not only help these musicians get there, but to turn you on to some music that I love, and that you may too.
Going forward, this site will continue the focus to uncover exciting new bands, many which exist within the improvisational, psychedelic realm. However, due to increased duties with real-life tasks, the posts will be less frequent. That said, I will return to longer-form writing, which is something that was largely abandoned in the DGB 2.0 phase. Be sure, you can still count on this site to discover great new music.
In addition, the ‘Dog Gone Presents’ wing of this ever-expanding enterprise will continue to host events in 2012. Our first gathering will be this coming Friday (February 17) with the stellar lineup featuring Yellowbirds and Woodsman at Mercury Lounge on New York’s Lower East Side. See here for details. As with the performers on the bill this Friday, these events will host bands and musicians that have been featured on the pages of this site.
I could continue to ramble, but instead I’ll let you all return to your day.
Your humble editor,