Zach Hill: “Memo to the Man”[audio:http://alarm-magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Zach_Hill_Memo_to_the_Man.mp3|titles=Zach Hill: “Memo to the Man”]
In 2008, drumming dynamo Zach Hill took time from his impossibly crammed itinerary to release his first solo album, Astrological Straits. Packed with friends and guest musicians, it showcased his pop side — albeit one with crazy beats, complex polyrhythms, and weird vocals.
Face Tat is the second in what should be a long line of solo releases, despite Hill’s renewed activity in Hella and more releases with Marnie Stern, Bygones, and others on the way. Though still intricate, noisy, and strange, it’s a little easier to follow than its predecessor, with a few more parts being focused on a single melody, rhythm, or vocal line.