“Hill City Eye & Ear Control” is a collective of HSAL related musicians collectively pushing the boundaries of “background music”. The group is features a wide array of “rock music” instruments played by members of Seamonster, TLVS, The Wright 3, & Orquestra Altavista to name a few. They will perform as part of Endstation Theatre Company‘s annual “Sonnets & Chocolates” event this weekend. If all goes well, some of the performances will be captured & released digitally in an effort to stir up hype for an eventual release of some sort. Stay tuned.
HSAL #22: The Accidental Parade 12″ EP $15 (PPD)
HSAL #22 is the one-sided 12″ EP debut from The Accidental Parade, a bass guitar/trap set duet. Their sound harkens back to a simpler time, when bands still traded cassette demos at house shows. When the internet hadn’t been established as THE mode of communication & simple, catchy hooks weren’t tucked into layers of digital beats & song samples. When post-adolescents were hopeful for the next Touch & Go signing & their copy of the new Dischord catalog to arrive in the post.
The set here is six economical jams, tracked in a single January weekend up in Richmond with Kelly Posadas. We put the entire set on a single side of 150 gram black vinyl. We also invited the band to design the entire presentation. They went with red tip-on jackets, hand-made artwork, & inserts.
AVAILABILITY: one-sided 150g black vinyl + digital download, run of 100
ARTWORK: courtesy of the accidental parade
2013 has come to a close & we here at HSAL are thrilled beyond measure to be gearing up for a fan-freakin’-tastic 2014! First off, two of our music groups are finishing up recordings that will be out on wax in the coming months. The Accidental Parade is a two piece post-hardcore outfit from South Norfolk whose sound harkens back to Unwed Sailor’s “Firecracker” or those first few Diagonah singles but feels a smidge darker. These fellas are shooting for a February release of their debut release, a one-sided 12″ EP tracked up in Richmond this past weekend with Kelly Rosadas. We’ll be launching a Kickstarter for this release in the days to come as a “pre-order” of sorts. It will allow you purchase a copy of the EP weeks before it’s actual street date. Stay tuned…
TLVS is hitting the studio this weekend (FINALLY!). Joe & Nathan will be tracking nearly an hour’s worth of spacey guitar washes, catchy melodies, & urgent percussion with Jon Anderson. They are planning a few special guests for this session & pulling out some new (to the band’s sound) instruments for this LP. We’re pumped to hear the results…& to share said results with you! If all goes to plan, the duet will be tracking some extra tunes for additional projects while down in Virginia Beach.
Our hearts are also warmed by good news from friends who are working on future releases themselves! Hoax Hunters, White Laces, & Bombardier are all in various stages of writing, recording, & releasing their latest efforts. If you’re out & about in the Mid-Atlantic, you would be doing yourself a favor to check these groups out (recorded or live).
Thanks to the most recent endeavor of purchasing & running a record shop / performance space (has it been a year & a half already?), your friendly neighborhood record label has been practically dormant since the summer of 2012. As 2013 comes to an end, we are finally at a place where creative juices are not just flowing, but eroding away layers of schedule conflicts, restlessness, & apathy. In 2014, we hope to bring you some of the commonwealth’s more engaging projects including (but not limited to):
* TLVS (Lynchburg): Joe & Nathan have been playing shows, booking shows, tackling solo projects, helping bands get off the ground, & more since 2012′s home recorded split 10″ with Norfolk’s Long Division. With time comes maturity, & the new record is a testament to the energy that the duet has been creating on stage for quite some time. The new LP, tentatively entitled “I Can Dream All Day”, will be the band’s first opportunity to work with other people on a project (the album is being tracked & mixed with Jon Anderson at Whalehead in Virginia Beach). Expect recent live favorites (“TV-MA-LSV”, “Claire Kincaid”) to ebb & flow alongside of newer, more frenetic compositions.
…so, we FINALLY began to see some rain in our town after several weeks without. lack of rain + some of the hottest days we’ve ever experienced in the hill city = no excuse for your friendly neighborhood record label to take a break! we have so much to do…here’s a few of the details:
- virgineola has begun it’s string of performances as part of endstation theatre’s “macbeth”! the local media has been getting behind this, the conclusion to the blue ridge summer theatre festival. here’s an article from our local arts weekly that covers the band & how they came to be involved with the theatre company & “macbeth” is particular. you can also hear some of the music that virgineola has tracked for the show in the player above:
- white laces will be releasing their new LP, a collection of songs by the name of “moves”, next month on speakertree records. we’ve heard this LP & believe it to be one of the best things to come out of our commonwealth this year! we will be carrying copies in the distro by the time fall semester gets underway!
- in case you hadn’t already heard, HSAL is buying a record shop! our local haunt, “speakertree records” is currently closed as we stake claim on it & prepare it according to our wildest dreams! our hope is to be up & running strong not too long after august 1st. the shop, located at 522 fifth st (corner of fifth & madison) in downtown lynchburg, will also serve as the HQ for our label…so expect every release, both from our label & the distro, to ALWAYS be in stock (well, until they are completely gone forever). we are also working on filling up the live performance & art opening calendar for the rest of the year, but more on that once the shop reopens.
for the past month or so, the newly reconstituted virgineola has been fleshing out the sounds & textures that will eventually be performed as part of the closing ceremonies to this year’s blue ridge summer theatre festival – a retelling of shakespeare’s “macbeth”. the band has taken from source material written by ringleader nathan mcglothlin & has fashioned a balance of minimal soundscapes & swooning melodies. the band is working feverishly to capture everything in the moment, demoing run-throughs & scripting out course changes from one musical passage to the next.
the shows themselves begin next month, running from july 6th through the 22nd, out at sweetbriar college. tickets, as well as a listing of the local breweries & vineyards that are sponsoring each show, are available for every performance here.
…we are working our way towards the summer heat here at the ol’ assembly lab!
ARTISTS: several bands are really pushing themselves in studio spaces across the mid-atlantic, with the snowy owls, white laces, rugby, & TLVS are working on new albums that should be surfacing in the waning months of this year. goodwill falcon has pretty much rethought their approach to sound, both for live performance & recorded work. look for carter & dan to bring a completely synthesized rig to upcoming shows, as they have cut guitars out completely!
DISTRO: we have been collecting various recordings from friends for a while now & have finally constructed a distribution system for these records on our site. Simply click on “HSAL DISTRO” in the menu on the right hand side of this page & be swept away to non-HSAL releases that we still consider extended family.
SHOWS: HSAL is working with some local (read: downtown lynchburg) establishments to set up a weekend of HSAL approved shows this fall! as we approach the fall semester, most details should materialize. In the meantime, be sure to get out to a performance of “macbeth” out at sweetbriar college next month. virgineola‘s most recent incarnation, featuring members of TLVS & the maplewaves, will be helping turn one of the campus’ well known dells into the estate of early 19th century up-&-coming land owners .