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My Wild Heaven / Press

“My Wild Heaven mixes aggressive punk riffage, sci-fi prog storylines (likened to Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man) and quirky nerdy rah-rah/sing-song vocals as delivered by guitarist and mellotron player Bill Bechtel, with back-up from bassist Robert “Red” Redmond and drummer Mirko Soko.”

"Had Steve Hackett and the late Joe Strummer remixed 1980 Alice Cooper opus Flush The Fashion, it would have sounded something like this. This hardcore Florida trio threw some '80s alt without the attitude at an aggressive '90s wall of sound, and these dozen terse, twisted tunes stuck. Singer-frontman Bill Bechtel wrote the songs, also playing guitar and keyboards. Neither instrument dominates and the textures usually are perfect. Throughout he displays a sensitive touch on electronics balanced by a snide, quirky guitar style all his own. From the slashing riff-and-mellotron opener "Zoe Abides" through several lovesick adolescent parodies and space oddities, they spin an attention deficit disorder-happy set of fascinating, farcical miniatures, none longer than 4:55. Things close decisively with delicious guitars on "The Ritual Dance of the Lizards". My only complaint : I want more than just 40 minutes of this juice!

“Artist of the day: My Wild Heaven "With members pulled from Magadog and Bride of Chaotica, among other local bands, My Wild Heaven brings a lot of musical experience to the table, blending elements of math rock, glam rock and unique melodies to create a happening sound. They bill themselves as "aggressive sci-fi rock," citing influences like King Crimson, but a track like Hey Nikki is pure garage power-pop, and ESP is a spacey party track. The group -- Bill Bechtel (pictured) on guitars, keys and vocals; Ed Lowery on drums; and Robert "Red" Redmond on bass -- pulled together a handful of special guests for their debut self-titled album, released in 2008." .”

“The Tampa, FL based progressive rock band, My Wild Heaven's self-titled debut is an aggressive yet melodic journey of the aural kind. Songs are short and concise and the overall vibe I get is Hawkwind meets Blue Oyster Cult with some nods to David Bowie’s Spiders from Mars era as well as early King Crimson (mostly in the Mellotron sounds). I can’t pinpoint the vocals so it would appear, for a change that a vocalist just sounds like him or herself . This is a fun album to listen to as loud as you can handle, especially on headphones. It’s available in both a physical and digital formats. Personally, I’m partial to having the physical CD in the same way some like LP’s. But which ever way you like to listen to your music, there’s a choice. I do look forward to seeing what comes next for the band. Hopefully an album that doesn’t take 4 years like this one. If you like the bands mentioned above, then My Wild Heaven’s debut album is a must have. ”

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