To see official release this May via Neurot Recordings, the Hawkwind Triad album is a fitting tribute to the British band that somehow seems to simultaneously remain unknown to the majority of the world’s rock listeners, while also standing as one of the most influential psychedelic bands of all time.
The Triad is unique, as it is an album of covers by three separate artists that essentially flows like an album. Each band — HARVESTMAN (Steve Von Till of NEUROSIS’ psych guitar based project), MINSK, and U.S. CHRISTMAS — have approached these 11 iconic songs with respect, but each have also recognized the need for the songs to be reinterpreted in a new space and time. The result is a full-length psychedelic feast that not only captures the feel of Hawkwind’s individual songs, but also has the feel of their classic albums. Even the artwork by Boston artist Thomas Saraceno appropriately provides trippy surrealist scenes fitting to many albums from the 70s. Most of all, the Triad was done out of pure veneration for a band than laid a solid foundation for every heavy, trippy, weirdo band that exists now – as well as for those who will freak out in the future.
U.S. Christmas – “Master of the Universe”
HARVESTMAN – “D Rider”
MINSK – “7×7″
U.S. Christmas – “Psychedelic Warlords”
MINSK – “Children of the Sun”
U.S. Christmas – “Orgone Accumulator”
HARVESTMAN – “The Watcher”
U.S. Christmas – “You Shouldn’t Do That”
HARVESTMAN – “Magnu”