Herbcraft: December 12, 2015 Trans-Pecos

January 4, 2016


Like the Northeast’s answer to Eternal Tapestry, Herbcraft trade in spaced-out, far-flung psych pastorals. Ever since we caught the Portland, Maine band nearly two years ago at Mercury Lounge, we’ve been itching for the opportunity to get them back to NYC. So when we booked Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band to headline Trans-Pecos (that set here), Herbcraft were high up on our wish list of openers. In forty mind-expanding minutes, Herbcraft took the room on a wild journey. Their set begins with a long improvised jam that segues seamlessly into “A Knock at the Door” from The Astral Body Electric and then into “Bread Don’t Rise” from last year’s Wot Oz. The tunes are rhizomatic head trips—pulsating, looping, and expanding without origin or destination. There is no other option but to kick back, tune in, and give in to the mighty Herbcraft…

I recorded this set with the mics set up at the stage lip, combined with a board feed from Trans-Pecos FOH, Ned. The results are outstanding. Enjoy!

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Ned) + AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, balance, compression, normalize, fades) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [40:59]
01. Untitled Improvisation
02. A Knock at the Door
03. Bread Don’t Rise

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5 Responses to Herbcraft: December 12, 2015 Trans-Pecos

  1. lauren
    January 11, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Looks like the first 2 tracks are the same on the mp3 download? Both 8:54, showingup as A Knock at the Door? Either way, sounds great and always happy to listen to more Herbcraft.

  2. EricPH
    January 11, 2016 at 10:58 am

    That’s odd. I just tried the download and I’m seeing all 3 tracks, with the first being “Untitled Improvisation” at 10:50. Maybe try downloading again and re-adding to iTunes?

  3. lauren
    January 12, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I’ll try again. Maybe it’s been fixed since the initial upload.

  4. sumodie
    February 11, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Excellent recording & show! These guys need to hit the road more often. Please.

    Thank you!!!

  5. February 22, 2016 at 10:30 am

    They are opening for Doug Tuttle this week at Rough Trade and we will be there.

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