As promised it’s time for the second installment from the LA based Dot Hacker cleverly titled How’s Your Process? (Play). It’s also cool that they will be doing six gigs with New York’s Blonde Redhead which will jump off in San Francisco on November 11.
To my ear the songs on this record seem a bit more complex. It showcases six songs that take you on a ride, starting with the Prog-Rockish “Slideclimb” while “Memories”, an otherworldly floating out-of-brain experience, snaps you closer to earth with its abrupt end. You finally land in “Anger’”. This song has a weird creepy carny vibe. I pictured myself in my mind’s eye lost at a carnival unable find my way out. That’s the cool thing about this album…you don’t want to. You just want to get lost in this record again and again.
I remember at the time wondering why Dot Hacker would release a double album months apart. But now I see it fits. How’s Your Process? (Work) felt warmer…outgoing or happier maybe? While How’s Your Process? (Play) is a more introverted hang. It keeps within the seasons each album was released. Regardless of how I interpret it, How’s Your Process? (Play), is an awesome listen. It’s deeply musical and it leaves you longing — longing to see them live, longing to hear what they come up with next. Dot Hacker has hit on something that’s hard to find in music…originality.
Dates with Blonde Redhead:
11.11 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
11.12 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
11.13 Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
11.14 Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse
11.15 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11.17 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
11.18 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater