On their second album the Hive Dwellers make with a low, wailing expression of sorrow (or suffering). Moanin' [KLP249] is a collection of field recordings made at Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia, Washington. It's a noisy pop runaway freight train that stirs the blues soul rockin' of their debut album Hewn from the Wilderness [KLP241] to a new beat music recipe. The Hive Dwellers' Calvin, Gabriel and Evan have toured across the United States and left a wake of frug and shimmy shines that won't be forgotten any time soon. You beat the tambourine to "Streets of Olympia Town" in Knoxville; stomped the floorboards to "Montgomery Hammer" in Buffalo; knocked a heady bongo to "Baby Be Mine" in Oakland. C'mon, join in Moanin' for a while.
The Hive Dwellers new album is the essence of rock'n'roll moved from the garage to the basement to the rec room and then back out into the wild. Calvin Johnson plays guitar and sings his songs in combination with Gabriel Will on assorted stringed instruments and the contributions of several drummers who have made their mark on The Hive Dwellers.
The Hive Dwellers are a small grouping of Pacific Northwest natives, led by the large sound of one Calvin Johnson. On their latest musical effort, [DBN126] â€“ “Lynch the Swan” b/w Selector Dub Narcotic â€“ “Dub the Swan” â€“ Johnson and his alternating collection of collaborators fuse baritone vocals with melodica for an awkwardly peppy groove sensation.
Last autumn Calvin Johnson took a train from Providence, RI, to Burlington, IA; naturally he stopped off in Chicago, IL for three days to check in with Mike, Dan, Josh, Hunter: Mahjongg. You know it was Dr. Jekyll who wore the crazy pants in the family, didn’t you? Mr. Hyde just had an extremely uncouth case of morning hair. Mahjongg are the perfect combination of the two: whack like Jekyll, hair like Hyde. When Calvin says, “Let’s Play Band!” all sorts of bleeps and bloops ensue. That is the origin of the first recorded offering by The Hive Dwellers. Wires and buttons come alive to the beat of a drum machine never tamed. The Strategy remix of “Get In” brings The Hive Dwellers well into the 21st century. Finally. Shawn Parke and Blandow C also take a swing at another Hive Dwellers song from the Chicago sessions, “Sitting Alone at the Movies.” That is The Hive Dwellers “Get In” 12” single [KLP223].