Not much has been heard from History Of
for the last few years, and if you didn't know better you'd think the local
band has spent its time away from the spotlight hiding out in the 1970s.
History Of 's new CD, Alcheringa; The Dreaming" is reminiscent of the concept albums of arena rock-era groups like
Yes, Styx and Queen, each of which typically compiled albums of like-themed songs. Others, like The Who's Tommy" and
Pink Floyd's The Wall," went so far as to tell an actual story throughout the record.
Alcheringa" is no Tommy," but it's a refreshingly creative attempt at a nearly dead recording style. It follows the
dreams of an unnamed child through 10 tracks (11 including an instrumental overture), and judging from the songs it's
not a peaceful night's sleep. History Of 's music is something between metal and hard rock, heavy on guitar and driven
by lead singer Kyle Wolff's powerful vocals. He's not a crooner.
The band will debut Alcheringa" on Saturday night at the Henry Strater Theatre, and Wolff guarantees that it won't be
your typical CD release party.
Instead of just playing and music and talking about it, this is going to be a theatrical production," Wolff said.
History Of will play the new album in its entirety, and each song, or dream sequence, will be interpreted by members
of Bella Dance Studio. That means lots of costumes, bright makeup and something called a Zombie Dance, among much other
We've written a script and rehearsed for a month," Wolff said.
Because this was conceptual we think (Bella) will help the audience follow along. This is an evening of dreams within
a child's mind, and what we've tried to do is bring that to life. We just want to give people an idea of what the
record is 'supposed' to be like as we wrote it."
The album's title comes from an Aborigine term relating to the ability of one's ancestors to contact someone through
the dream world and that remembered dreams are a message from the ancestors.
In typical '70s fashion, Wolff is the lead singer and doesn't play any instruments on the album or in the live show
although he did create the CD cover art. He's joined by dual guitarists Colin Wilmer and Geoff Crumbaugh, drummer
Courtney Wilmer and bassist Eric Zwart, who played previously with The Formless and was added almost as an
We wrote and recorded everything without a bass player because up until a month ago we didn't have one," Wolff
The band members are originally from Bayfield and formed about six years ago, but spent more than a year in Arizona in
2007 at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe. Since their return, the band mates have spent their
time writing and recording Alcheringa; The Dreaming" and have played only four shows in the last four years.
Alcheringa: The Dreaming" was engineered and recorded locally at Cross the King studios and Eagle Sound with the
mixing and mastering performed by renowned producer Beau Burchell.