All Your Heroes Become Villains by Ed Hale and The Transcendence Promo Video
Available on Dying Van Gogh Records.
Feature tracks on this video are “Blind Eye,” “Solaris,” “Waiting For Godot,” “Here It Comes,” “Indian Princess” and “After Tomorrow.”
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The album from Ed Hale and the Transcendence, All Your Heroes Become Villains is certainly titled appropriately for the times we live in. And from the moment “the needle hits the record” it sounds like a forgotten classic, something beautiful lost and now remembered. Ed Hale and the band worked for over a year trying to bring the mammoth project under their control, bringing in other musicians when needed as varied as a gospel singer, a second drummer, a Los Angeles DJ, and various horn players. In the process, Transcendence became more of “a musical collective” rather than a traditional five-man indie-rock band.
The result is a mash of sounds but an album still recognizable as having “that Transcendence sound.” Haunting melodies, bold sonic experimentation and Hale’s richly layered and impassioned vocals all come together to create a highly memorable and moving listening experience. It’s also easily the band’s most mature and cohesive album to date. It is a stylistically and lyrically unified and thematic work of musical art that critics are calling their most ambitious to date. Like a shadow of the chaotic world we live in today, All Your Heroes Become Villains is dark, moody, heavy and yet, every now and then, it glimmers with hope.
The band’s new label Dying Van Gogh Records announced that Hale and the Transcendence would release their full length new album to the public in 2011. Sounding more like a rock musical or a concept album, the songs both musically and lyrically tie into one another seamlessly in one cohesively bold brash and powerful listen more akin to Pink Floyd or David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs. All Your Heroes Become Villains greets fans with a new path charted into new territories, only this time more dark, more heavy and more mysterious.
Ed Hale and the Transcendence first caught national attention in 2002 with their debut album, Rise and Shine by combining world music themes with an eclectic modern rock approach. Hale’s consciousness raising lyrics and the fact that he sang them in five different languages added to the group’s unique appeal. The album was a potpourri of musical styles that fans and critics found difficult to pigeon hole. Their second album, Sleep With You offered the world exposure to the band’s music through songs being featured in films and TV like MTV, VH1, and the three major television networks. Their third album, Nothing Is Cohesive jumped onto the CMJ Top 100 and the Alt-Rock Specialty Show Charts reaching number 24. They performed at numerous music festivals, such as the CMJ Music Marathon, SXSW and the Florida Music Festival.
Transcendence had changed internally; founding bassist Stro Stroman was replaced by 18-year-old Roger Houdaille and founding drummer Ricardo Mazzi was replaced by 21-year-old Bill Sommer. Each member released a solo album. Hale recorded the aforementioned Ballad On Third Avenue featuring the single, “New Orleans Dreams” which hit the top 40 on the AC charts. Perdomo formed the prog-pop group Dreaming In Stereo and Houdaille released an album by a side group he formed called Ex Norwegian. All three albums made the Top Ten Best Albums of the Year list by New Times magazine.
During the nine years since their debut, they have released four albums and toured the United States, Europe and South America, gaining a reputation as “musical shape-shifters” for their inventiveness and willingness to assume whatever form and go in whatever direction their music demands of them.
Music video for the song “Baby Bop” by Ed Hale and the Transcendence from the album THE GREAT MISTAKE
Music video for the song “It Feels Too Good” by Ed Hale from the Ballad On Third Avenue album. On Dying Van Gogh Records.
“It Feels Too Good” by Ed Hale live in concert in Seattle, WA 2011
“It Feels Too Good” by Ed Hale and the Transcendence live in concert in New York, NY 2012
Music video for the song “New Orleans Dreams” by Ed Hale from the album Ballad On Third Avenue
Ballad On Third Avenue, the new album by Ed Hale, Promo Video. Featuring the songs “I walk alone”, “”Scene in San Francisco”, “New Orleans Dreams”, “Incompatible”, “It feels too good”, and “Everywhere she is there”.
Ed Hale – “White House Jihad” – The Music Video
Music video for the song White House Jihad written by Transcendence singer Ed Hale and Tyler Bejoian (with a little help from Jay Z). Ed Hale and his friends recently lost an old high school friend who was killed in Iraq. The soldier’s mom, reported in the paper, said the best way to honor her son is to “get the word out, help support our troops. We need to get them out of there.” Which is what initially inspired this song.
Everything Is Cohesive — The Documentary
Journey of Dreams documentary about the musical group Ed Hale and the Transcendence that follows the band around on tour and in the studio that aired on public television in 2004 just before the release of their new CD Nothing is cohesive. Takes a look at past albums and individual band members share stories. Featuring interviews with the band and live footage.
Features band members Ed Hale – vocals and guitar, Fernando Perdomo – lead guitar, Roger Houdaille – bass, Allan Gabay – keyboards, Bill Sommer – drums, Ricardo Mazzi – drums.
Featuring the songs Dreams, Caetano, Sleep With You, You and Me, Jelly Roll, Veronica, Beautiful One, I’m not the only one, I wanna know ya and more.