The next time it’s Thursday, it will also be Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. of A. It’s got us thinking about all the cool things that have happened in 2018 ’round the HSAL camp…
We sponsored an entire stage & were able to land most of our active roster in one place on one day! Super special thanks to Xenith & Wesley Montgomery for joining in on the party. It was cool to see all the band merch, talk to fans of the different bands, & share in celebrating all the wonderful rock action stirring up in the Commonwealth these days.
Clockwise from top left: L.A.Dies, Good Dog Nigel, Wesley Montgomery, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, TLVS
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All band photos courtesy of Nick Scheetz.
ALL THE NEW RELEASES!
Since January, HSAL has dropped 8 releases, including two 12″ EP’s, two cassettes, three digital releases, & a compilation CD featuring current LYH covering historic LYH.
In addition to these “official” releases, HSAL acts dropped live tracks, partnered with other rad labels on records, expanded their own brand into new parts of the country via touring, blog reviews & a general spirit of comradery.
SO, WHAT’S NEXT?
With 2018 not quite in the books, we are lining up guests for our yearly “Last Year” series. Over the holidays, we will have a handful of HSAL family share five things that inspired them in 2018. Each time we do this, it proves to be intriguing & eye-opening as bands, engineers, managers, & the like talk about what drove them to all the wonderful work they shared in the past 12 months.
2019? Well, we are still hammering out details, but it looks like we have secured HSAL #48 & #49. Look for details on those records to drop before Groundhog’s Day. next year will also mark the 10th anniversary of the Harding Street Assembly Lab. To celebrate, we are working with some Hill City friends to do something special…
October’s been GREAT! Lynchstock turned out to be everything we could have hoped for. Thanks to all the people who caught our acts, bought our records, took RAD photos/videos & shared them across social media. We should have a festival recap up soon (waiting on imagery from our staff photographers…).
The month capped off with the release of HSAL #46, which is the latest EP from Norfolk’s You’re Jovian. A quick east coast tour to support the record ended with a celebration down in their hometown. local support Berries, labelmates TLVS & HSAL alums Long Division filled out the bill for a wonderful evening. We were able to capture a moment from the show…
Up next, honeybrandy is doing a couple of shows this weekend with Philly space music vets Soporus:
A few days after all the election results are in, we’ll be throwing a small house show featuring asentimentalsong (Joe from TLVS) & our great buddy Andrew Weathers. Stay tuned for details…
There is SO, SO much going on here at your friendly neighborhood record label that it is truly difficult to keep all of our thoughts & dreams in order, but we’re trying as hard as we can! With more of 2018 behind us than before us, we figured it was high time to drop a dime on everything that we have in store for the rest of this, another stellar year for HSAL!
First off, pre-orders are now open for HSAL #46 – the new 12″ EP from Virginia Beach’s You’re Jovian! “The Sound Of Who We Are” is comprised of a five-song set captured up in Philly with studio wizard du jour Jeff Zeigler. Artwork was assembled with the aid of Doug Nicholson (Long Division). The physical copy will be a one-sided 12″ on cut on clear wax. We are also working out some cool companion pieces to ship with these EP’s. Needless to say we are ecstatic for this batch of tunes & how the project is turning out. Additional warm fuzzies for the chance to work with Elliott. Stay tuned…
Also debuting today (08/17/18) is “Learn To Love“, the new single from Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon! This track, cut live at Glass Village Studios with Tim Riordan (Atlas Rhoads), features a delicate yet potent trip through Harmon’s emotion. Tools employed include acoustic piano, cello, & that voice. THAT VOICE! The cover art features a self-portrait selected from Harmon’s ever-growing portfolio. Our hope is that you will find “Learn” (cataloged as HSAL #47) as entrancing as we have. It’s available for stream at the usual outlets & for “pay what you want” download via HSAL bandcamp…
As many of you are aware, HSAL #44 is going to be this year’s entry in the ongoing “Lynchstock” compilation, where we thematically celebrate our hometown’s music festival. The summer has brought a litany of changes & amendments to the original set, but we are super thrilled to have landed where we did on this one! Five local acts (L.A.Dies, Overlook Hotel, TLVS, Quick On My Feet, & Good Dog Nigel) are dropping new never-before-released material tracked up in Richmond with Allen Bergendahl (Shy Low, Jonathan Vassar, TONS of other Virginia acts). Additionally, they are covering bands from the Hill City’s past (Swirl, Brian Hall/Snake Forcefield, A New Dawn Fades, Vroom, & Order). It has been such a blast to make this complete labor of love. There’s already talks of a second volume. Physical copies (CD) will be available on October 20th at the festival with digital copies available shortly thereafter…
Finally, we are still shipping copies of our summer releases (while they last)! Opin just finished tickling the ears of fans across the southeast in support of their “Drifters” EP (HSAL #43). The 12″ jackets were screen printed by Virginia Svengali Thomas Dean. HSAL #41, which doesn’t hit the streets until the 24th features an engaging electronic journey led by trail masters Benjamin Mauch & Oahu, both of whom have spent most of the year supporting their myriad of visual & sonic projects…
HSAL #41: Benjamin Mauch & Oahu, “phases”
Benjamin Mauch & Todd Webb have both released music through HSAL before (HSAL #32 & #29, respectively). They have shared stages together, notably in 2017, when we had both of them perform on our electronic stage at that year’s Lynchstock Music Festival.
With the spirit of the classic “In The Fishtank” series in mind, we asked these two artists to collaborate on a stand-alone project. The result is “phases” – a six track affair where the lines between the artistic leanings of each artist are completely blurred. Ben Mauch’s oscillating swells are tastefully integrated with Todd Webb’s glitchy beeps & whirrs. Within the washes, subtle tensions rise then release from track to track.
The two-tone nature of the collaboration is matched by a black & white J-card. White ink spelling out the contents on a solid black shell.
AVAILABILITY: CASS/DIG (pre-order now; releases 08/24/18)
ARTWORK: photos by Benjamin Mauch, assembly by Todd Webb
DOWNLOAD: HSAL bandcamp
This past weekend, we took three Lynchburg based acts (Good Dog Nigel, Overlook Hotel, & TLVS) up to the Ward in Richmond, VA for a two-day session. We captured half of the songs for our Lynchstock compilation (HSAL #44). Each band laid down an original tune that will be exclusive to this release, as well as a cover from the Hill City’s past. Allen Bergendahl manned the boards, providing guidance & space for each group to operate (he’s a class act like that). Once mixes are right, we will knock out the other half of the comp with three more bands from the 2450_.
In quasi-related news, we have FINALLY shipped out all orders for HSAL #43 (Opin’s “Drifters” EP). We still have a handful of copies left. You may want to score one before the band ramps up their live presence in a few weeks. We will no doubt sell out once they hit the road!
Our latest signing, You’re Jovian, just submitted tracks for their upcoming 12″ (HSAL #46). This go around, Elliott took his new jams up to Philadelphia to capture them with Jeff Zeigler (War On Drugs, Nothing, Kurt Vile) at Uniform Recording. If all goes well, this follow-up to last year’s “They Were Selected & Divided” will be out on clear wax before the clocks roll back an hour.
Our resident visual artist, Joanna McGlothlin, has been commissioned to create artwork for an upcoming CD release for the music group at Grace Church.
TLVS has just been announced as part of the lineup for the sixth annual Lynchstock Music Festival! 2018 will make the band’s fourth appearance on one of our town’s most exciting stages.
Good Dog Nigel, June 2018
Next weekend, HSAL is taking a few local acts up Richmond way to begin tracking tunes for HSAL #44! For the last few years, we have released a compilation at Lynchstock. This year, we are upping our game. Twelve tracks comprised of six Lynchburg based bands. Each band (Great Health, Overlook Hotel, Good Dog Nigel, TLVS, Quick On My Feet, & Trouvere) will present a new, unreleased original & a cover of a project from the Hill City’s past (Herschel, Snake Forcefield/Brian Hall, Order Of The Dying Orchid, A New Dawn Fades, Vroom, & Hi Ho Six Shooter!). If the demos that have been turned in to date are any indication, this will be a very special release. The sessions will be engineered & co-produced by long-time HSAL bud Allen Bergendahl, who has manned boards for a truckload of VA bands over the years.
IT’S FINALLY HERE (sort of)! HSAL #43, the new EP from Richmond’s Opin, is now available for stream & download via Bandcamp (NOTE: Other streaming outlets will begin carrying the EP very shortly). We have received word that the physical copy (one-sided 12″ cut into clear wax) will be delayed by a few weeks, but anticipate shipping copies out around Mother’s Day. All purchases (digital & physical) include a pair of additional tracks that the band cut up in Philly with Jeff Zeigler during the sessions for “Drifters“.
Recently, Landis & Tori connected with The All Scene Eye for an in-depth chat around the maturity curve of the band, how songs translate live, & what influenced the assembly of “Drifters“. Read all about it here!
Opin will be hitting the road in support of HSAL #43 this spring. Keep up with their dates, as well as the entire HSAL roster on our live performances page!
HSAL #45: Stilyagi, “Stilyagi” EP
The artist known as “Stilyagi” first appeared in HSAL circles back in 2016 when he submitted a track for HSAL #28 (Lynchstock compilation). That piece was a trance-inducing mix of work that Joe Morgan (TLVS, asentimentalsong) & Andrew Weathers had captured during a home recording session earlier in the decade. On occasion, new tracks would surface on various platforms including youtube & soundcloud. It was after hearing what he did to TLVS‘ “Golden Cypress” that we decided to work out a digital release.
Much of what comprises this EP has only been heard in specific contexts, be they previous compilations (“Saturday“) or religious gatherings (“He Must Be Let Loose Briefly“). Taken as a whole, this EP branches out from tasteful drones to manufacture a soundtrack of moments between waking & sleeping. Places where memories may or may not be explained.
ARTWORK: courtesy of Harding Street Assembly Lab
DOWNLOAD: HSAL bandcamp
Buds are blooming across our beloved hill city, we are gearing up for lots of cool shows happening downtown. These dates are going down at Speakertree (901 Jefferson St #G7, 24504)
We are also working on a local date to celebrate the release of the new Opin EP (HSAL #43), which is still available for pre-order. Inventory counts are getting low on this one. If you are into this brand of interesting, catch indie rock (if you’re reading this, you most likely are), don’t wait for the 04/20 release date…
…oh, & if you happen to be out east this weekend, honeybrandy & Benjamin Mauch are playing a right killer showcase for the ninth annual SPAZZ Fest in downtown Greenville NC on Sunday, 03/25.
As for other “stuff”, we are working on something really rad for this fall. Let’s just say that HSAL is hoping to be a big part of what has become a local hallmark as the leaves begin to change…more on that later.
HSAL #43: Opin, “Drifters” EP ** RELEASES 04/20/2018 **
The musical output of frontman Landis Wine was one of the embers that stoked HSAL into existence back in 2009. The label blossomed & matured alongside of Wine’s White Laces (The relationship birthed two small run cassettes & a special edition of their first EP). Fast forward to 2018…Wine’s new project, Opin, was seeking out a new home for a new collection of tunes tracked up in Philadelphia at Jeff Zeigler‘s Uniform Recording the previous summer.
Fresh off the heels of their impressive debut (2017’s self-titled LP on RVA’s Egghunt), Landis Wine & Tori Hovater have returned with a stable lineup & a potent, focused batch of jams, including their take on a traditional Japanese festival tune, “Shinzo No Tobira“. We had a small run of one-sided 12” records lathe cut into clear wax. The band will have these on their spring & summer dates while supplies last.
AVAILABILITY: Clear One-Sided 12″, DIG
ARTWORK: courtesy of Julia Brouard
DOWNLOAD: HSAL bandcamp