The Histronic: somewhere between a sans-Trey Anastasio Phish playing an extended version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" and a sans-David Gilmour Pink Floyd playing an unextended version of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond." If Prince's band ever splintered off and did their own cool-ass version of the J.B.'s, or if Booker T. & the M.G.'s ever took ecstasy, those jam sessions would sound like the Histronic. Drummer Stereo Adik, bassist Gill Finn, and keyboardist West Fox's debut album makes good on the promise of the last decade of intelligent dance music: listening to it you can think about everything and nothing at the same time. You can ponder the cosmos and pornography: zero and infinity (with apologies to Witold Gombrowicz's Kosmos and Pornografia).
Tracks like "Sweater Vest" feature a warm keyboard blend of Page McConnell, Herbie Hancock, Merle Saunders, and Richard Wright. Other tracks like "Mage" start off slow and serene, but then shift gears and demand: dance hippies! Still other tracks like "Pelican Bay" uncover some of the bands laterâ€”STS9 et al.â€”influences, but though the thrust of the music is cerebral, they never forget the corporeal. The foundation of the Histronic is Adik's machine-like drumming. Finn's bass fills the bottom so well it sounds like another of Adik's fancy electronic drums. Fox's keyboard is thusly allowed to stereo its way here and there in a thoughtful, strolling manner. This formulaâ€”two for the body, one for the headâ€”works. It works so well I'm willing to type that this is the best jamband album I have heard in 2008. And next year, with Phish injecting a whale-load of spunk into the jamband scene, the Histronic will hopefully capitalize and bring their brand of jam to a theater near you.
words by David Paul Kleinman
"And, totally switching gears, let's now move to Minneapolis' latest phenomenon: the Histronic. To put it simply, the trio's self-titled debut is an instrumental adventure in hi-fi sound that's all at once trippy, trance-inducing and euphoric.
This unique album opens splendidly with the pulsating "A Dream for Lenny," which evokes both classy acid jazz records and the Chemical Brothers' flair for epic bounce (whereas that group's block-rockin' beats are replaced by steadily building basslines).
Even weirder is that song's unforgettable follow-up, "A Rabbit Drexler." Backed by a big beat, this track abandons the album opener's sense of dance party and moves into spacey, mesmerizing territory once occupied by the soundtrack to "Strange Brew" and those precious, sans-vocals moments on Styx records that made you feel glad to A) be alive and B) own a nice pair of headphones.
Basically, the Histronic's music works on numerous fronts: In concert, it's a plain shame if you're not loose enough to get down and dance (or so I'm told) and, in recorded format, tracks likes the immersive "Wicked Ghost" and "Sweater Vest," with highs as legendary as those on the Who's "Tommy," are easy to get lost in.
There is comfort in sound, and no one is more in tune with this fact than the three guys in the Histronic."
Matthew R. Perrine Budgeteer News
Published Thursday, July 10, 2008
I know what you're thinking, and yeah, the house genre label might bring to mind the oft-marred presumptions of egotistical DJs and gaudy mixes of too much bass drum and bad forms of dub. How refreshing it is then, to find a local project that suggests otherwise. Minneapolis' The Histronic brings the dance via a three-member band that incorporates the house genre in a funky blend of progressive trance, hip hop, and jam-band rock. Drummer Stereo Adik lays the beat on more tastefully than one might expect, with equal parts acoustic kit and electronic effect, while Gill "The Escrooger" Finn carves tightly spun bass and synth groves around Kevin Dorsey, AKA West Fox's sometimes poppy, sometimes spacey keyboard experiments. Having been together for less than a year, the project has already made considerable waves throughout the region, releasing a well-praised debut full length, gracing the stages of the area's largest summer festivals, and sharing bill time with some big-time acts including EOTO, the Flaming Lips, Phil Lesh and Friends, and the one and only George Clinton and P-Funk. The Histronic splits time with fellow up-and-coming Minneapolis progressive-fusion rockers Sol Spectre at the Stones Throw for a WHYS Radio benefit show that promises to challenge any and all assumptions.
words by Andy Plank
November 20, 2008 Issue. Volume One Magazine. Eau Claire, WI
The Histronic is a three-piece electronic band (Drums, Bass, Keys), specializing in an intoxicating blend of live dance music that incorporates many genres (progressive trance, funk, house, hip hop beats, Latin, rock, and funk). All three members come from diverse musical backgrounds, but the Histronic calls upon the band to step outside the box, and into a genre in which a live band creates the intricate sounds of a DJ. The group draws material from all three musicians, creating a true collaboration. The Drummer, Stereo Adik, is the foundation of the band; incorporating electronics into his acoustic drum kit, he pounds the bass drum to the floor like a human metronome. The Bass Player, W. Williams, locks in tightly with the drums, and keeps the crowd intrigued with melodic bass lines, synth effects, and a great stage presence. The keyboard player, Kevin Dorsey, A.K.A West Fox, makes the sound complete. Fox adds rich synth textures with catchy lead lines, and navigates multiple synthesizers to achieve a larger then life tone. The eclectic sound makes the Histronic popular amongst all types of music fans, because let's face it, everyone loves a good dance party! If you haven't had a chance to see this power-trio in action, make sure to check them out.