Hamster Theatre straddle the edges of folk music, avant-garde, world music, early 20th century French composers, such as Erik Satie and Maurice Ravel, contemporary composition and many other musical forms, bringing together elements of all these styles while never sounding 'just like' any one of them.
Using an instrumentation of accordion, keyboards, trombones, saxophones, clarinets, flutes, guitars, mandolin, bass, drums and percussion, their pieces are always filled with delightful melodies and surprising orchestrations.
In addition to the new studio album included here, there is a second disc of the band's stupendous live performance from August, 2002 at The Moore Theatre in Seattle. This live album is a perfect compliment to the studio disc, as it shows the amazing performance that 'the Hamsters' can put on in a live environment;
Hugh Hopper, who saw this performance, called this show, "Some of the most interesting music and one of the best live shows I've seen for years."
Both discs were mixed by noted producer/engineer Bob Drake.
"Continuing in the grand tradition of European antecedents such as Henry Cow, Nimal, Albert Marcoeur and Lars Hollmer, they create a magical, unpredictable blend of modern classical, folk, world music and improvisation. Each of these finely wrought compositions is delivered with amazing technical dexterity, forcussing on melody, mood and dynamics. Public Execution presents a unified suite of songsand instrumental pieces representing the full spectrum of human emotions... Through the richly orchestrated, seamlessly arranged interplay of brass, winds, reeds, accordions, keyboards, guitars, bass and drums, bizarre yet beautiful compositions are fully realized. As a bonus, a stellar live set, recorded in 2002 is also included. Here the group really tears it up, performing with passion and daunting expertise."
- Paul Lemos/Big Takeover
released May 23, 2006
Dave Willey : accordion, keyboards, bass, drums, guitar
Jon Stubbs : trombones, bass, keyboards,
Mark Harris : saxophones, clarinets, flutes, percussion
Mike Johnson : guitars, mandolin, banjo, percussion
Raoul Rositer : drums, percussion, marimba
Brian McDougall : bass (disc 2)
Matt Spencer : bass (disc 1)
Emily Bowman :
supported by 24 fans who also own “The Public Execution of Mister Personality / Quasi Day Room: Live at the Moore Theatre”
Fantastic opportunity to get an impression what MoonJune Records is about (fusion, prog rock, avantgarde from all around the world, with a special spotlight on Indonesia ...). Many great artists to be discovered (mostly) and rediscovered (sometimes)!
Also, watch out for their special offers due to their 15th birthday (this is why, in short time, many other MoonJune albums will appear here ;-} ). Carsten Pieper
supported by 23 fans who also own “The Public Execution of Mister Personality / Quasi Day Room: Live at the Moore Theatre”
Stumbled on this by chance ; glad I did .
Superb fusion jazz with elements of Miles Davis bitches brew/silent way/jack
Johnson period with interesting Indonesian overtones .check it out and
You won't be disappointed. Nick Bradey