it was sometime in 1992, and was probably on 120 minutes that first heard/saw helmet’s “in the meantime.” to say that it was a little bit life changing, at least in the musical sense, would be doing that song and eventually the entire record, meantime, a disservice. i was 18, angry for some unknown reason and lost, and meantime was the perfect soundtrack for such a young man. i, admittedly, was shallow at the time, and only cared that paige hamilton seemed to be pissed about something, and didnt really pay attention to the lyrics. i am sure he was preachin some serious stuff, but it was lost on me. we all go through such phases dont we? for the better part of a year, meantime, was my go to record, for just about everything. i could have been beaming with happiness or wanting to run a car through a brick wall, it was still that record i looked to for comfort.
fast forward a mere 18 years, and that dude is long gone – meaning me. in its place is a mildly disillusioned, overly neurotic, yet completely comfortable in his own skin 36 year old, with two kids and a wife. will paige hamilton and his band helmet still ring with the same ferocity and solace it did for me in 1992? my anger has given away to pure frustration, which actually may be more detrimental to one’s psyche than pure unadulterated and misguided anger. it actually may be the perfect time for a helmt reintervention? i have only heard the first and title track to their 7th record, seeing eye dog which is due out on 9.7. i would not consider helmet a “singles” band, so i am going to reserver any judgement until i hear the whole thing. in the meantime, no pun intended, you can grab the first single along with a couple live tracks by providing your email address right down there.