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In the spirit of the Grateful Dead here's a transcendent psychedelic live session from the beloved Chicago trio of Hausu hotheads. One for the tapers.
Good Willsmith are Hausu Mountain's flagship band, made up of label co-founders Max Allison and Doug Kaplan, alongside Natalia Chami (aka TALsounds). Their output to date embodies the label's wide-ranging, eccentric scope, zeroing in on the divine cross section where prog rock, ambient, videogame soundtracks and skronky improv noise meet in awkward disharmony.
"HausLive 2" documents a 2019 performance from the trio and in the spirit of the Grateful Dead - who inspired a wave of obsessive bootlegging - it was recorded by prolific Chicago taper Joel Berk. The sound of the recording is a testament to this era, fuzzed out and squarely LIVE, with all the density you'd want. Each track blazes with 27.8% THC content, rich with texture, tone and the spiritual liveliness of a gatefold concept album.
The warmth Good Willsmith have for this era is infectious - there's no cynicism here, just a love of a distinctly American counterculture that has rarely been more than a few steps from the basement, the DIY venue and the independent record store. You don't have to be a dedicated Deadhead to enjoy this one, but it helps.