– Under the guise of “asentimentalsong”, Joe Morgan uses little more than his custom made les paul & array of effects pedals to construct minimal soundscapes. his first recorded ouptut for the lab is a single fifteen minute piece on the a side of HSAL #19. If he had his way, this record would have gone on for days.
Band & The Beat
– A wonderful couple to befriend, James & Tracy have become good buds with HSAL. They’ve played shows with our bands. They’ve helped our bands book shows. They’ve held their own through late nights soaked in cheap whiskey & late 90’s indie rock nostalgia. Oh, & they create dark catchy pop tunes. Imagine Human League covering INXS’ “Don’t Change” & you’re close.
– Benjamin Mauch is somewhat of an expatriate from the Old Dominion, having spent several years in Asia before returning to suburbs of Richmond. Prior to his move abroad, Mauch grew up along the fall line & attended university in the foothills of the Blue Ridge (that’s about as “Virginia” as it gets). Mauch’s work is 21st century minimalist composition.
– Joey Wright & Nathan McGlothlin (who are also part of TLVS’ current incarnation) showcase a beauty in subtle layer manipulation with lo-fi charm. Opting for improvisation over set structures, each performance (live or recorded) balance feelings of isolation, distance, and fear with solace, presence, and hope.
– These days, the artist currently known as KillGXXD is working his way out of the stereotypical DJ role. He has been trying out different instruments & forging friendships in & around Lynchburg, the town he now calls home. The result is a collaborative affair that calls equally on Flying Lotus & Frank Zappa as reference points.
– Hill City inhabitant by way of a Baltimore upbringing, Harmon continually presents the residual affect of the “renaissance man” bug that bit him early on. Most of his output is of a visual (drawing, painting) & aural vein. Behind the mic, he marries a silky croon with the futuristic bent of his writing. With a right incredible rhythm section in tow, Lloyd looks to romance the minds & hearts of anyone within earshot.
– The mind of Todd Webb is a many splendored thing. Outside of his visual work (drawing nationally recognized comics & gallery shows on both coasts) & his “main” project seamonster, there exists “Oahu”. Here, Webb explores simple electronic textures that reflect a laissez faire view of the day-to-day.
TLVS (the late virginia summers)
– Having survived a handful of lineup changes, TLVS is currently a three piece that works with other artists from time to time. Sonically, the group plays off both the shoegazing bliss of the 90’s & the ambient texture of 21st century post rock.