The Wheel's debut LP is available now
As a group, The Wheel facilitates an elaborate and colorful conversation between instruments, within the delicate and subtly complex nature of their songs. Psychedelic sincerity, through means of folk roots done in a rock n' roll style.
About The Wheel
The Wheel have crafted a record you can take home to meet the folks. Earnest, affable, heartfelt and authentic, hopelessly romantic and deeply rooted in the gentle, laid back tones of midnight FM radio beaming from the past to touch the present.
Thematically, the overarching message of the LP is one of love, that same realistic optimism expressed by our parents and grandparents back in the days when bold idealism and non-ironic emotiveness wasn’t quite the anathema in popular song that it became in later years. Although the theme as expressed in the record is of the personal variety, as the LP progresses, it moves from inward to outward, expressing a universal message of hope and kindness in the stark face of modern life. This is an infinitely gentle record, the kind of pastoral rumination once turned out by artists like Neil Young, Van Morrison or Nick Drake in a simpler time.
This hearkening back also expresses itself tangibly in the production of the album. Mixed on the same Neve 8014 Console / Neve 1073 preamps used to record and mix Ian Tyson's Platinum selling record "Cowboyography". Tracked with an MCI JH-636 console / MCI JH-24 2” tape deck; the same make used to record The Eagles 1979 #1 charting album "The Long Run". And the title track from the LP was recorded onto a Stephens 821b tape machine that belonged to The Grateful Dead from 1979 well into the early 80's as part of their live recording rig. This is an album that shows an earnest desire to connect with and build upon the foundational influences that inform it.
The production shows a meticulousness and dedication that has almost vanished from modern independent production, where “perfection” is but a click away, and the idea of labouring for months on a mix is a laughable concept. This devotion to recreating the recording conditions of past masterpieces might come off as quaint, crass even if the band didn’t actually have the level of professional musicianship and creativity to pull it off. As it stands, one would be hard-pressed to differentiate this record from many of the classics of the Laurel Canyon songwriting era. It’s that good, and a great reminder that technology will never trump talent.