Hella do an OutKast style concept on this release, having each member do his own full-length CD of music. Un-like OutKast featuring each other on their solo projects, Zach and Spencer separately play each and every instrument on their own creations.
With Spencer's Chirpin Hard, this concept reveals what an amazing musician and composer he is, even showing Zach up on the drums with tracks like the amazing dream space rockin' of, "Try Dis..." In Zach's Church Gone Wild CD, we find out that Zach really is from another f*!%ing planet! This epic hour long drone of noise and tripped out vocals sounds a lot like stuff off of Zach's true solo release, Zach Hill & The Holy Smokes. These albums put into black & white the two extremes that Spencer and Zach pull from to create what is Hella.
Together, these two opposite sounds of "listenable" poppy Nintendo space rock and "unlistenable" UFO noise explosions from outer space come together to make up the amazingly complex and yet somehow enjoyably "listenable," HELLA. More than an album of music, this is an album of personalities.
I wonder what would happen if you played these two CDs together at the same time, like some Flaming Lips Zaireeka action... Maybe then you'd get your beloved "Hold Your Horse Is" again. Let the music evolve!