it's on the long, head-trip numbers that the Warlocks really cast
a spell. The fuzzy, 9-plus minute "Cosmic Letdown" has
all the subtlety of Led Zep in full "Kashmir" mode, growing
from a single, repeated guitar riff, slowly building into a big
metal monster. CD closer "Oh Shadie" has enough backtracking
and sound effects to make any Meddle-era Pink Floyd fan grin like
an idiot. That one clocks in at just under 15 minutes.
Hole says he knows the
long songs are going well on stage if he can get lost in their hypnotic
"If it's all going
well and it feels good, you don't have to think about it,"
Hole said, adding that he synchronizes his play with co-drummer
Anchondo by ear, becoming so in synch that they finish each other's
"The long songs
are about creating an atmosphere and trying to get the audience
as well as myself into a certain plane for the duration," he
said. "The songs have a structure, and you either keep to it
or deviate from it, as long as it's not boring and is leading people
down various avenues. There's a feel and intuition and balance between
all of us. Everyone's bringing their own flash to it and it all
maps out in a loose way."
Though their origins
are in Los Angeles, Hole says they have no real allegiance to the
city known as a make-you-or-break-you rock Mecca. "It just
happens to be where we live," he said. "We're not scene
creamers, so to speak. We're not cherished in this town, either.
We're no hometown heroes. L.A. can be a tough city to play for anyone.
The people are unenthusiastic and too cool for school. It's a huge
metropolis and the people there are spoiled for choice."
Regardless, he said the
band has won over large crowds at places like the Fillmore, where
most of the audience didn't know who they were
their set. Hole said there's no reason for bands to escape to L.A.
to make it.
"You can be a great
band from the middle of nowhere," he said. "The cool thing
is for bands to not sell out their home towns. Being in L.A. can
be a hindrance or not. We could be anywhere, I guess. Then again,
maybe this band could only come from a place like L.A."
Published in The Omaha Weekly-Reader March 19,
2003. Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
not scene creamers, so to speak. We're not cherished in this
town, either. We're no hometown heroes."