Thursday, November 16, 2023

Hamell On Trial ("Bill Hicks meets Joe Strummer") shares "Jelly" video & early full stream of forthcoming album on Saustex Records

"Bald, bold and super bad." -- Rolling Stone

"He has a real attachment to truth that makes him continually vital.” -- Henry Rollins

"Bill Hicks, Hunter S. Thompson, and Joe Strummer all rolled into one" -- Philadelphia Weekly

"Bring The Kids is Hamell at his most musically adventurous, dabbling in pop hooks and production while delivering his signature biting and subversive humor." -- Psychedelic Baby! Magazine

"Always subversive and sharp witted, Hamell’s Bring The Kids is, on the surface, his pop sellout record — until you hear the lyrics." -- Static Multimedia

Hamell on Trial shares the official video for "Jelly" today from his forthcoming album, Bring The Kids. Alongside the video release, the full album is exclusively streaming a day early today via It's Psychedelic Baby! in the EU HERE and Static Multimedia in North America HERE. Watch/share "Jelly" video at YouTube HERE

Texas NPR radio station KUTX made "Jelly" their Song Of The Day this week, calling the album, “the most beat-heavy, arrangement-drenched sound Hamell’s ever handled. That said, the album still rings true with Hamell On Trial’s DIY philosophy, hand-painted aesthetic, one-man energy, offbeat unapologetic humor and all.”

Watch/share paean to shoplifting and collective desperation, "To Get Thru" video via YouTube HERE

Hamell on Trial is the musical alias of folk punk hero Ed Hamell. A one-man explosion, he is loud-as-war one minute, stepping off the microphone to whisper to an enthralled audience the next. Hamell’s unique and dynamic performance style is informed by politics, passion, intelligence and an irreverent sense of humor. 

Armed with a battered 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar that he amplifies mightily and strums like a machine gun, a politically astute mind that can't stop moving, and a mouth that can be profane one minute and profound the next, Hamell sets his sights on the new America. He shoots straight with his audience, whether unraveling topical issues or sharing confessional tales from his own past. 

In addition to world-class songwriting, a Hamell show is a multidisciplinary experience drawing from the worlds of theatre, stand-up comedy and storytelling. His performances invoke thoughts of the great rebellious satirists and social commentators of the past, from Lenny Bruce to Richard Pryor to Bill Hicks. 

Living as an artistic renegade on the fringes of the traditional music industry, Hamell has toured the world tirelessly for decades as an underground DIY artist whose joyous followers pack into dive bars, coffee joints and house concerts, burning over a million miles across the map as an enigmatic punk proletariat. Over 200,000 of those miles have been shared with his son Detroit, who has joined his dad on annual tours since he was seven years old. 

Hamell has shared countless stages with fellow anti-establishment icons such as Ani DiFranco, Kimya Dawson, Aesop Rock and The Pogues, as well as winning the coveted Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

Hamell’s 2023 full-length record, Bring The Kids, marks the seventeenth release in a discography overflowing with four star reviews and critical acclaim, ranging from major label releases (Mercury / Polygram) to top independents such as New West and Righteous Babe Records. Bring The Kids will mark Hamell’s third record on Texas indie Saustex Records, helmed by Hickoids’ lead singer Jeff Smith. 

On the new record, Hamell teams up with NY-based producer Matt Labozza to meld his punk rock hooks into the most beat-driven and expansive production approach in the history of his catalogue. “This is definitely the most musically adventurous record so far,” Hamell explains. “I recorded my last two albums on my phone. I think some of my fans have been wondering what the songs would sound like if I were to open them up to every musical idea and tool that swirls around them in my brain. Here’s your answer.”

One of the biggest surprises at a Hamell show can be found at the merch table. Instead of the typical offering of t-shirts and hats, audience members find a huge offering of original hand painted artwork, featuring images of legendary figures from the worlds of music, politics, art and culture who Hamell find inspirational. Each acrylic on canvas creation is unique and painstakingly crafted by Hamell himself in his unique style of illustration. Thousands of fans have taken home a painting of a beloved icon, from Bowie to RGB, Banksy to Kendrick Lamar. 

Hamell on Trial is the modern day voice of dissent and social commentary, fighting a one-man war armed with irrepressible energy and a seeker's soul. His show is a 75-minute journey into true and authentic connection driven by the willingness to fight for the disenfranchised and celebrate the free thinkers of the world. Don't we need that now more than ever?

Bring The Kids will be available on LP, CD and digital on November 17th, 2023 via Saustex Records. Pre-orders are available HERE


11/18   Austin, TX  -  Captain Quackenbush's South 

11/24   Syracuse, NY  -  The 443 Social Club and Lounge (night one)

11/25   Syracuse, NY  -  The 443 Social Club and Lounge (night two)

12/20   Poolesville, MD - Locals

12/16   Swarthmore, PA - WaR3House 3

12/17   Bordentown, NJ - Randy Now's Man Cave

01/04   Millvale, PA - The Funhouse

01/06   Columbus, OH -  House concert

01/10   Bloomington, IN - The Orbit Room

01/12   Racine, WI - McCauliffe's Pub

01/13   Chicago, IL - House concert

01/19   Minneapolis, MN - The Hook and Ladder

Artist: Hamell on Trial

Album: Bring The Kids

Label: Saustex Records

Release Date: November 17th, 2023

01: Hail My Rage (ft. Christine Oilman)

02: Tell You Why (ft. Ruth Theodore)

03: Pray

04: Drunk Dial Me

05: Robbery

06. Jelly

07: The Way She Says

08: To Get Thru

09: NKGG

10: Um, Actually No

11: Pepper Spray

12: Hippy Shake

13: Tucker Carlson

14: Trail Mix

15: Johnny Rydell

16: Jelly (Single edit)

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