Hudson Bell: When the Sun is the Moon
Baton Rouge born and raised in the South, it was at the early age ofthirteen that Hudson Bell began tinkering with the guitar. His lessonsended abruptly when his guitar teacher committed suicide, forcingHudson to teach himself how to play and write.After years of skipping through various cities (Oxford, Little Rock,Lexington) and stacks of novels later, Hudson left the South for the WestCoast. It was in San Francisco that Hudson Bell created the band“Hudson Bell” with his friends John Slater (bass, piano/organ) and BrianFraser (drums) and recorded “When the Sun is the Moon.”Pop at heart, “When the Sun is the Moon” gets swsllowed in swirls ofdistortion and dense guitar solos and binges. On par with guitar bendersNeil Young and Doug Martsch, Hudson Bell’s guitars change densities,get lost, spiral, then return.Yet, even under the eruptions of fuzz and mounds of pedal tapping, thereare epic pop songs. Tracks filled with sincere lyricism and unavoidablemelodies. “When the Sun is the Moon” is grand on all measures, filledwith contagious jams and monstrous guitar hooks that will get youcranking your speakers to hear every crackle and buzz.