Space-rock is not the final frontier, but with every release dating back to their 2015 debut, L.A.’s Hooveriii (say Hoover 3) find a way to align the stars differently.
Mastermind Bert Hoover says this of the band’s forthcoming album “Pointe,” out Oct. 13: “Every record is kind of a response to the last record, and I like listening to people’s discographies like that. “When we finished [2022’s] ‘A Round Of Applause,’ we were in rock mode playing with a lot of rock and psych bands and I was really thinking about what do you do with a fourth record?”
Experiment a little, as it turns out. The band cites influences such as ’60s psychedelic act Pisces, Phil Lynott’s solo work and electronic pioneers Tangerine Dream.
“The Ship That I Sail,” which arrived this week with (yet another) great animated video from Rob Fidel, is a dark, menacing track accented by Gabe Flores’ stinging guitar. The album’s first single, “The Tall Grass” (Alex Bulli directs the video), is loopier in a psych-pop sort of way.
“Pointe” will be Hooveriii’s third full-length in three years. It features contributions from a big cast of talent — Flores, Kaz Mirblouk, James Novick, Owen Barrett, Gabriel Salomon, Anna Wallace, Paco Casanova, Matt Zuk, Jon Modaff, Shaughnessy Starr, Olaf Selland and Ari B. Jones. Hooveriii’s tour supporting Mudhoney brings them to L.A. in November.
||| Watch: The videos for “The Ship That I Sail” and “The Tall Grass”
||| Live: Hooveriii opens for Mudhoney on Nov. 14 at the Teragram Ballroom. Tickets.