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HAMSTER THEATRE

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Hamster Theatre is an ensemble that plays a fusion of jazz, rock, folk and world music and is influenced by 20th century musicians. There is no way to easily put them into a particular category as they seem to cross borders between these various genres. This group was formed back in 1993 by Dave Wiley and Jon Stubbs formerly of Big Foot Torso (Mark Fuller's band). Dave left that band and traveled Europe where he presumably was influenced by music not commonly heard in the USA. The first lineup consisted of Dave on guitar, keyboards and melodeon, Jon on bass, greg LaLiberte on saxophones and flute, Deborah Perry on keyboards and performing the vocals, Steve Doyle on guitar, and Josh Wright on drums. This lineup did some local gigs and released a low recording-quality cd called Songs From The Hamster Theatre (1995, Prolific Records). Eventually this lineup dissolved. A new revamped lineup was formed in 1996 by Dave and Jon. In addition to them both it included Mark Harris (Thinking plague) on winds and reeds, Mike Johnson (Thinking plague) on guitar, Mike Fitzmaurice on bass and Raoul Rossiter on drums.
This lineup recorded the live record Siege On Hamburger City which was recorded at the Mercury Café in 1998. This also marks the time when work on what was to become their first studio album began. This album was to be released on Cuneiform Records and therefore got the band to work on it with extra attention to details and they put into it much hard work. Released in 2001 it was called Carnival Detournement and mixed by Bob Drake (who also did it on The Public Execution. release). After the release of this album, the bass position experienced some frequent changes. Dave had Mike Fitzmaurice replaced and at first Dave and Jon performed the bass part in alternation. Then Raoul recommended that Brian MacDougal take over the bass part (he is heard on the Quasi Day Room: Live at the Moore Theatre). However, Brian moved on and was replaced by Erik Thorin who later joined Open Road and went on to tour with them leaving HT again without a bass player (only to come back to the lineup at the end of the tour). He was replaced by Matt Spencer who can be heard on The Public Execution of Mister Personality (along with Dave and Jon doing some bass playing). When he left to California, Erik came back.

So what do they play? Well, with their use of some wind instruments such as saxophones, clarinets, flutes and other exotic instruments such as accordion, banjo, ma...
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Public Execution of Mr. Personality / Quasi DayPublic Execution of Mr. Personality / Quasi Day
Cuneiform 2006
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Carnival DetournementCarnival Detournement
CUNEIFORM 2009
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4.31 | 17 ratings
Carnival Detournement
2001
3.18 | 18 ratings
The Public Execution of Mr. Personality/Quasi Day Room
2006

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Siege On Hamburger City
1998

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 The Public Execution of Mr. Personality/Quasi Day Room by HAMSTER THEATRE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.18 | 18 ratings

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The Public Execution of Mr. Personality/Quasi Day Room
Hamster Theatre RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

1 stars I'm glad they named the person they will publicly execute, because if not, I might have done them. Given that I hate hamsters (stupid rodents who exercise in their creaky wheels at night), the fact that this unit compose extremely obtuse ethnic Eastern- European circus-jazz, with unnecessary complex (and constant) time sig changes, these guys actually do absolutely nothing new, but they do it extremely well. But that is simply not enough for this writer as there are dozens of such albums coming out every year, nowadays.

Comprised of two different "albums", this release present a studio and a live disc, it is most likely impossible to play both disc consecutively unless being a circus junkie. And since I am not an accordion fan, HT is not likely to get much sympathy from me. The live and studio sound like a cross of "bal musette" music (something I simply abhor, and one of the most horrendous side of French culture) and more Eastern (Hungarian) Tzigan/gypsy jazz. While I have some respect for the guys from Thinking Plague, this HT music is nothing like their RIO, miles away. HT is not about jazz-rock, not about RIO (although there are some instants of related traces scattered here and there, but best classified in Avant-prog, where we (PA) fit that kind of group, but usually an important percentage of more meaningful ones.

Often sounding like early acoustic UZ (but second-rate, IMHO), with that irritating accordion (162), and sometimes without (Lost Book), the studio disc is more inspired than the horrendously dull and repetitititititititve live disc. The live disc's highlight is the wild Lake Lausane, but overall, while exemplarily executed, this type of music played live over two hours can only overdose you. And those Hamsters have irritated after a half-hour of it.

This type of album is not likely to increase Cuneiform's fortunes if you ask me, unless there are many fans for awkward, goofy, grotesque, obtuse and humourless music. Best avoided, but I think I am in a minority on this one.

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 The Public Execution of Mr. Personality/Quasi Day Room by HAMSTER THEATRE album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.18 | 18 ratings

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Review by WSGarside

5 stars Reddy For Luv - A Recipe

1. Hire a band from Cirque du Soliel 2. Fire them 3. Keep their instruments 4. Break half their instruments 5. Hire some much better musicians 6. Give them a lot of drinks 7. Put a really hard piece of music in front of them. 8. Record

... this is Hamster Theatre.

This music is sublime, charming, confusing and ridiculously complex. Think you know odd time signatures? You know nothing. And yet, there's a lovely, swaying, drunken beat to try and dance to.

Are you a student of orchestration? Tell us how the timbre of the melody was accomplished. It's as if each instrument was recorded in a different dimension and then comp'ed together - sort of.

This music is weird and compelling. It's addictive. It deserves every bit of your concentration and consideration. Can I give it six stars?

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Review by K. Leimer

5 stars IN PRAISE OF ROTTERS

Intricate, restless, and on occasion quite funny, this combination of studio and live work ( from the severely under-attended 2002 Progman event in Seattle -- and yes, I was there ) presents some expert excursions in non-stop musical transformations. Moving from the exceedingly hectic and frenetic to the nearly serene through seemingly effortless gestures, Hamster Theatre all the while maintains a highly refined sense of tension between reassuring and disturbing tonalities. Atypical writing, atypical instrumentation and an ear for non-linear transitions supported by virtuoso playing all allude to some of the finest moments that might result from crossing an apolitical Henry Cow with a still witty Hatfield and the North and a few genuine folk shadings that could easily place it somewhere during that most golden age of Canterbury. My apologies for the comparison -- HT comes out of all this as a thing unto itself, of course.

Musics such as this refuse to die, refuse to go away. By demanding close listening, Hamster Theatre offers music among that rare kind of stuff that continues to reveal nuances and details with repeated listening over long periods. In so doing, Hamster Theatre keeps alive the tradition that quality work wins out in the end -- thanks to its uncanny ability to attract only those listeners who know what it means to actually listen. Especially in this case, because of the way in which the elements interact within pieces as well as between pieces. Just one more collection of great music added to the already overwhelmingly compelling case to be ever farther removed from the deadening predictability of the mainstream.

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4.31 | 17 ratings

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Carnival Detournement
Hamster Theatre RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by ShW1

4 stars Categorizing this kind of music would be a quite difficult task. This kind of music belong in fact to Rio/Avant from its folkish side, maybe as Samla, (not sure about that, that's what I feel right now), along with many more influences, rather to the old school and roots of progressive rock. Carnival contains very complicated compositions, with many kinds of modern classical techniques, rock elements, Marches bands, klayzmer, folk/traditional music, and that's not all... It could not be defined as classical music, and actually, what could be more excited than that? Art rock at the highest level, that pushing the boundaries while remain haunting and captivating.

The jumps between styles occur even at the same track. Personally I prefer the more relaxed compositions and less jumpy, even though the jumps are justified, it doesn't occur because someone lost control, it create "andralamusia" environment, kind of carnival.

I liked the calmer compositions, especially those with the klayzmer parts which are performed very well, such as "Jeanne Marie", "Tick Fever", kind of a valse, "Drunken Penguin Tango", which suit exactly to the name description, "the Cat Song", wonderful klayzmer, and the last track, "a Reluctant Farewell" which ends with some wonderful accordion notes in the unique style of Dave Willey. Dave Willey, together with John Stubbs, is also responsible for the compositions.

There are lot of unusual instruments combinations which unpredictably works: trombone goes with toys instruments like harmonium, melodica, guitarron , cheap electric guitar against real electric guitar, woodwinds, mandolin, acoustic bass, drums, and to add spice to that, a little bit electronica. All of it creates a very colorful and original environment.

In short, these guys are remarkably talented and creative. It is highly recommended to follow them in their various bands and projects. For all who look for original and innovative music that do not just repeat on things done in the past, it is worthwhile to look after these people. They are all come from the west of US, which seemed to be THE geographical era right now for any innovative and original music.

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Hamster Theatre RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by RoyalJelly

5 stars What can I say about this brilliant album, the best discovery of last year for me? (And there were a lot of them). They are progressive in the best sense of the word, not beholden to any cliché traditions of 70s progressive, but entirely open to many musical styles, which they juggle with the virtuosity of circus performers. Circus and carnival seem to be themes here, suggested by the very title, and there are often traces of Nino Rota and the circus, as well as elements of French and Balkan folk music. But that doen't mean there's no hard edges, as guitar virtuoso Mike Johnson provides the necessary edge when appropriate. Dave Willey and he are both key members of Thinking Plague as well, and this album shares the same totally uncomprimising spirit.

Opening with "Vermillion Hue over Lausanne", you think you're dealing with a funky Reggae album, until Johnson enters with some crunching crimsonoid guitar, making clear that for all its delicacy, Hamster is a force to be reckoned with. "Jeanne-Marie" has a most unusual setting for a progressive composition, with accordion, clarinet, and glockenspiel, but develops into one of the most intricate and beautiful pieces I've heard in years. "The Breach" sounds almost like an avant-garde tune by the great brasilian composer Jobim, with it's soaring flute melodies over kalimba and electric sitar, but is sadly too short. "Tick Fever" is really deep, melancholy carnival music, as moody as it gets, and "The Carrot is a Hologram" is closer to modern classical and Rota's score for Fellini's "Casanova". "The Cat Song" is like a Klezmer stomp meeting Raymond Scott at night in a deserted alley.

All in all, the album is so varied that each listening is like hearing a new album, it's one of those rare albums (like Thinking Plagues "In Extremis") that never gets tiresome or too familiar. Most astounding of all is the fact that this very European music originated in the United States.

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