In the 17 years since its auspicious start, plenty has happened to Spacehog—some of it not so great. And still, the group’s new release, As It Is On Earth (Hog Space), carries on almost as if there were no gaping 12 years of dead air since the 2001 release of the band’s last album, The Hogyssey. As It Is On Earth displays none of the derivative Bowie/T.Rex laziness of its predecessor, while harnessing manageable doses of the antsy experimental energy that fueled Resident Alien’s expansive 1998 follow-up, The Chinese Album. Spacehog frontman Royston Langdon will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on the band.
Royston Langdon: My thoughts are finally being allowed to roam absolutely free and long to go wild in the country. There are many opportunities for culture vultures in NYC, though sometimes a stroll through nature is all that’s required to restore sanity and serenity. The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens are my preferred choice in this regard. As much as I love Central Park, it can be, especially at the weekends in the summertime, full to the brim of all sorts of people, mainly tourist looking generally lost with cameras with long lenses, protruding from their stomachs like misplaced erections. So instead, I’ll hop on the train, and before I know it, I feel as though I am set free. The humdrum far behind me and transported to the midst of the idyllic. The herb garden, the native flora garden and, my favorite, the Japanese hill and pond garden transport all of the senses at once. Marvelous!
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