Interview with Christopher Hall of The Dreaming (ex-Stabbing Westward)
My first introduction to the music of Christopher Hall was in 1996 when I acquired a copy of Wither Blister Burn & Peel, the second album by his former band, Stabbing Westward. Now, a decade and a half later, Iâ€™m talking to him about Puppet, the second album from his current band, The Dreaming.
If youâ€™re on the fence about whether to listen to the audio, all Iâ€™ll say is it will appeal to you regardless of your feelings on Stabbing Westward, The Dreaming, or Christopher Hall himself. Itâ€™s more of a conversation than an interview, which is a format weâ€™ve been leaning towards over the past several months. Itâ€™s not Stabbing Westward heavy, nor is it The Dreaming heavy, but a nice mix of both coupled with various musings and stories.
In lieu of a write-up, all Iâ€™m going to say is check out the audio by clicking here (click to stream, right click to Save As). Itâ€™s an enjoyable listen.
Puppet was released on November 1st, 2011 and the lead single, "Every Trace," . Although I enjoyed Stabbing Westwardâ€™s self-titled fourth, and last, album, I truly believe Puppet to be the follow-up to Darkest Days. Offer it your unguarded emotions, because with Puppet, Christopher Hall is on his game. And when he is, youâ€™re going for a ride.