‘The Hand of Man’ opens with a slight jab of Blue Öyster Cultish fuzz leading into a stranglehold of tribal space rock, pulling an expansive aura and gripping with cerebral rhythm. It’s over quite fast but creates an intense rush.
Another night, contact the goal
In the dark, a lonely soul
Take the gift and spurn the eye
All existence here a lie
The hand of man is not redeemed
Time and space, a sight unseen
The hand of man is not redeemed
Many are your pages
That never see the light
Many times you've looked
And still can't claim the sight
You spit in the face of Jupiter
And you know that ain't right
But it's all gonna be alright
You've got time
With January 2019's four-song debut, "Magnasonic," still very clear in its rear-view mirror, the space hippy collective known as Thunderbird Divine decided it couldn't let 2020 arrive without another offering.
Following the more experimental muse responsible for its predecessor, "The Hand of Man" offers another glimpse into the realm of Thunderbird Divine, with accents on songwriting, a streamlined approach to instrumentation and melodic vision. The band hasn't abandoned its penchant for the dramatic use of unconventional rock instruments like synths, three-string strum stick, lap steel guitar, djembe and electric sitar alongside bass, electric guitar and drums.
Recorded at Retro City Studios in Philadelphia, Cottage Sounds in Brooklyn and The Thunderbird Divine Lair by Joe Boldizar (with Andy Clarke and Dave Klyman--Philadelphia), Charles Newman (Brooklyn) and Thunderbird Divine, respectively, the band has further blurred the lines between straight-ahead rock and psychedelia with this collection of songs.
*****All digital orders will receive a discount code for vinyl copies of "Magnasonic" from Interstellar Smoke Records****
released March 28, 2020
All songs written and produced by Thunderbird Divine
Recorded at Retro City Studios (Philadelphia), Cottage Sounds (Brooklyn) and The Thunderbird Divine Lair (Philadelphia)
Recorded by Joe Boldizar, Andy Clarke, Dave Klyman (Philadelphia) and Charles Newman (Brooklyn), and Adam Scott/Thunderbird Divine (Philadelphia)
Mixed by Joe Boldizar at Retro City Studios
Mastered by Dave Downham at Gradwell House Studio
Erik Caplan: electric guitars, vocals, theremin, lap steel guitar, percussion, vocal arrangements
Flynn Lawrence: electric guitars, electric sitar
Mike Stuart: drums, percussion
Adam Scott: bass, synth, 3-string strum stick, percussion
Brittany Marie and Avalicious: backing vocals
(Additional backing vocal arrangement by Brittany Marie on "Boote's Void")
Mike Scarpone: djembe on "Boote's Void"
Charles Newman: keys, synths on "Hand of Man" and "Boote's Void"
Thunderbird Divine comprises four Philly rock veterans who came together in March of 2017 to collaborate and create riff-
heavy psychedelia/stoner/doom in the spirit of artists like Monster Magnet, Hawkwind, Flower Travellin' Band, The MC5, Grand Funk Railroad and many more.
Look for the CD version of "Magnasonic" on Salt of the Earth Records.
supported by 10 fans who also own “The Hand of Man”
this album makes you feel like dropping everything you are doing and just blasting off and just soaring through space at near light speed. sail through space and watch as the planets, comets, and stars roll pass as you continue your journey into the empty void. lulzmoose