Fans of seminal New York hard rock act Helmet will have a little something to celebrate later this year, when Universal releases a retrospective of the group's three studio albums for Interscope. The
Fans of seminal New York hard rock act Helmet will have a little something to celebrate later this year, when Universal releases a retrospective of the group's three studio albums for Interscope. The set is due Nov. 4, although it's unknown whether any rare or unreleased tracks will be included.
Contrary to a published report, the group, which split in 1999, has no plans at present to reform for a tour in conjunction with the retrospective. A management spokesperson for Helmet frontman Page Hamilton was unsure how the rumor began, but confirmed to Billboard.com that Hamilton is working on a new project with late period Helmet guitarist Chris Traynor, among others. The two musicians recently played together on tracks intended for Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale's solo debut.
According to the spokesperson, Hamilton is no longer pursuing his band Gandhi, which featured guitarists Anthony Truglio and John Andrews, bassist Christian Bongers and drummer Matt Flynn.
Hamilton remains unsigned, which he admits is a source of annoyance considering how widely imitated Helmet's sound is by today's up-and-coming rock acts. "They're more reluctant to sign someone who's 40 years old and known for this certain thing," he told Billboard.com in January. "'We think you're the greatest. We respect you so much, but how do we market this?' [Then] you go see a band and they're playing a riff I wrote 10 years ago and they have a wallet chain and a load in their pants and they'll get signed."