The new His Name Is Alive album, XMMER (Silver Mountain Media), came out this week. This is cause for rejoicing ‘round these parts, because we here at WR HQ quite like HNIA. We’ve said as much here,here, here, and here.
HNIA mastermind Warn Defever works in a purely American idiom: writing deceptively throwaway pop songs with an unvarnished center of elegiac heartbreak. He gets bright, bubbly American voices to sing them. He’s a deeply idiosyncratic folklorist and preservationist who’s also a canny, witty producer. (For instance, it takes singular cojones to turn Rainbow’s “Man on the Silver Mountain” into a beatific lament.)
While Warn’s never been one to stick with any one genre for long (he’s restless and omnivorous with his obsessions), the new HNIA album XMMER (Silver Mountain) continues in Detrola’s stylistic vein of lush 70s MOR à la the Carpenters, a move that’s only cemented by singer Andrea Francesca Morici’s lovely, Edenic vocals.
To celebrate, we’re having a contest.
• First prize is two tickets to see HNIA on any of their headlining dates in the US. The tour starts October 19th in NYC (CMJ show!) and concludes in Minneapolis on the 26th.
• Second prize is one copy of XMMER.
All you have to do is answer the following question:
Who is the King of Sweet? Artist, revolutionary, cereal-box mascot (or all of the above)?
Answers may come in the form of haiku, line drawing, collage, comic strip, quatrain, sonnet, limerick, prose-poem or any Dadaist nonsense you please. If that’s too freaking complicated, haiku is preferred —don’t forget the five-seven-five syllable (three lines, 17 syllables total) format.
Then either email me [ warpedrealitymagazine (at) gmail.com ] your entry with the subject line “CONTEST ENTRY”, or post it here as a comment. Make sure you leave your e-mail address or other contact information.
Two winners will be drawn on OCTOBER 15, 2007.
• October 18: Knitting Factory, 11 PM
New York, NY | CMJ (with ST. VINCENT)
• October 23: Shank Hall
• October 25: Schubas
• October 26: 400 Bar
His Name Is Alive, “Go To Hell Mountain” (from XMMER, 2007)