2008 was a hetty time. There was a new-found optimism in the country which at this moment feels like many lifetimes ago. The home-dub tapes were flowing, the postage rates were reasonable, and bands still favored Myspace (A Place For Friends) over Facebook (A Place For Brands).
The noise was plentiful, and eager tapeheads had to wait whole days or weeks to hear the newest release on a physical media format, back when Macs still had connectivity, phones still flipped open, streaming was only something you used Real Media (rip) for, and CDs were the reigning format king for universal compatibility.
Those in-the-know remember the nuclear fallout bombast that Druids of Huge detonated in Chicago during that era. The trio of Jon Lyons on guitar, Brett Naucke on electronics, and Ben Billington on the drums churned a thick sludge of heaviocity as corrosive as leaky nine-volts left for decades to their own caustic predispositions, leaving nothing but scorched earth in their wake as they took their show across the basements and barzones of the midwest.
Long speculated, the Druids of Huge final release, Baldwin, only now sees the light of day here, 10 years after its’ initial capture in February 2008 at the AV-aerie in the Windy City. A tribute to the dynasty of the brothers Baldwin, each of the four chapters correspondingly reverent to the respective Alec, Stephan, William, and Daniel. A release long assumed lost to the ravages of time, we are proud to have dug deep into Midwest basement folklore and returned with one of the gnarliest artifacts of the bygone dawn of the cassette renaissance - a time of myth and legend, when zones were zones and noiseboards were noiseboards.
I can't explain how much this album means to me. This album is a journey of sound and story. It's a well balanced masterpiece of amazing music and captivating dialogue-driven tracks that tell such a moving, honest, twisted yet beautiful and oddly motivating story. I feel inspired by this album on many levels with how I want to make my own music and it has helped me in my growth into a more positive person. It's possibly one of the most magical things I've experienced in a long time. DJ 3-INCH TOAST