Helium — “Hole in the Ground/Lucy” [Pop Narcotic] Color this mondo… the a-side could be shoegazer music at the beginning if Mary Timony’s guitar weren’t so mean and stingy, and then it turns into a sick approximation of My Bloody Metallica… shoegazer metal? What a scary concept. “Lucy” starts off with weird rumbling noises and soon turns into a languid bassline and a guitar that Kevin Shields could have engineered, only minus the avalanche of tremelo action… and then Mary Timony comes in with the snotty observation that “Lucy says boredom is the biggest word she’s ever heard.” Much wailing ensues. Hypnotic. Entrancing. Totally (I’m gonna say it, brace yourself) godlike. I wanna sleep at the foot of Mary Timony’s bed. Does this mean you should own it? Sure….
Review from Dead Angel Number Five
Helium-Hole in the Ground/Lucy [Pop Narcotic] Well, this is probably my favorite 7″ right now. The songs are amazingly well written and arranged. Mary Timony has one of the most unique voices that I’ve heard. Sweet but not sappy and the strength of Hulk Hogan on crack. “Lucy” is my favorite Helium songÖit starts off with a pretty, understated melody and then takes off like a rocket with Mary’s stellar vocals and thick guitar riffs. It’s like getting smashed in the head with a bat, or crashing into a brick wall at full speed, but in a nice, sweet way. Ha! My 7″ of the year.
By Andrew from Trash Heap #3
Helium-“Hole in the Ground/Lucy” [Pop Narcotic] Simply great. They recorded their first single when they’d been together for just a few weeks (scary now how good that was) so this is the result of them being more of a band and the difference is a bit more attention to detail. Check out “Lucy” for some really cool effects in the style department. The big apple for me though, still has to bethe lyrical radiance. Not too many bands feature the vocal as clearly as does Helium. Even when she’s just singing non-words in a chorus (which happens in both songs, hello!), Mary roars truer than most. Also another great looking Pop Narcotic send up. Remember fans, packaging is part of the fun too!
By Trey FOR PAPER AIRPLANE PILOTS #2 New Year’s 1994
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