Last Year, Part Two

We have reached out to different people within & around the HSAL camp to find out what from the last twelve months inspired them. In the coming days, we’ll post a series of lists. Our hope is that you will get an idea of where we are coming from. Here’s what Allen Bergendahl, studio nerd & all around great guy, turned in:

Bergendahl: Music Recordist, Taco Lover, Thumb Wrestler

#1 – Friends, though…

Years ago, I met Nathan McGlothlin while recording his band at the time. We made few records together, but we slowly drifted apart – as you do. I was so excited to hear from him in late 2017 and we started laying the groundwork for a few projects we would be working on together in 2018. One of those projects was HSAL #44. I didn’t really know what to expect, but let me tell you, the bands he enlisted were incredible! L.A.Dies, Overlook Hotel, Good Dog Nigel, TLVS, and Quick On My Feet showed up and showed us how it is done! Super fast, super fun sessions with great people! Working with an old friend to make new music with new friends is such a delight for me. I will have the pleasure to work with some of these artists again in 2019 and I can not wait!

#2 – That one band, though…

Sungazer is a band that I have worked closely with in years past and this year saw us get a little closer. Marc Adams plays bass in the band and has a studio setup in his basement and they have been working on overdubs for a new record and for some solo material from the band members. This fall we began a weekly work night at Marc’s studio to make progress on any of our various projects. It is time set aside to get into the hairy details of songwriting and recording. The work sessions are primarily Marc and Matt and let me tell you, it is humbling to look inside the process of such talented musicians. I feel like you learn a lot when trying to keep up with very talented people, I know I am.

#3 – That space, though…

I began doing a lot of overdub and mix work at Kevin Cornell’s studio and we really hit it off. We started off by working on songs for his band Glass Twin and it snowballed from there. He had built a great studio, but needed some outside input. I was very happy to lend a hand to further outfit the studio and add my vision to the space and the workflow. We’re not done yet, but we are building a space that will be practical and feel like home for any artist that walks through the door.

#4 – That project, though…

Another friendship that was rekindled was with Joshua Britton and his project Psalmships. He sent me some demos of some new songs he was working on and asked if I wanted to help bring them to life. We had worked together on a previous record and I knew we worked well together, so it was an easy “yes“. We talked a lot about influences and the direction we would like the record to go. Joshua writes songs that emote in a big way, so we tried to bring that passion and size to the new recordings. We did a long weekend tracking what would be the basic tracks for *most* of the record and followed up a while later for overdubs and some rough mixes. I even got to play on it a bit!

#5 – That mutual respect, though…

I am not sure exactly how much work we did in 2018, but LJ from V.E. (Various Eggs) is a frequent collaborator and an even more frequent lunch date. We seem to have some session going at all times. In 2018 we saw the release of several singles, a video, and recording some solo piano work that will appear on new releases in 2019. I think I may be only engineer he’s worked with since he moved to Richmond and I like that. He is always a helpful ear for bouncing ideas off of and at this point we seem to speak the same language. LJ is another artist whose songwriting I am privy to all the details of how it is made and he has a deliberate and economical way that he shapes and directs songs. It’s fascinating.

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WELCOME: Good Dog Nigel

PC: Nick Scheetz

Who is Good Dog Nigel?

This entire thing swims around in the psyche of Parker Emeigh, who has surrounded himself with a rotating cast of players (live & in the studio) for about two years now.

What made them attractive to HSAL?

Songwriting. Relentless energy. Ambition.

What will 2019 hold for the band?

Alongside of Crozet’s Infinite Repeats, HSAL is co-releasing Nigel’s first foray into vinyl in the spring. “The Implied Sunrise” is nearly a half-hour’s worth of spry psych pop written by Emeigh & captured to tape by Albermarle svengali Thomas Dean (New Boss). Look for pre-orders to drop after the new year gets underway…

With a consistent troupe of musicians en tow, expect Nigel continuing to scrounge up smart supporting slots on bills around the mid-Atlantic while working out details for a tour in support of “Sunrise“.

So, what DOES the band sound like?

…rather than namedrop a bunch of acts RIYL style, we decided to let the tunes tell the tale. Here’s a few cuts from the 2017 EP with their two tracks from HSAL #44 mixed in to begin fashioning your ears for what is to come…

WELCOME: L.A. Dies!

PC: Stefanie Murza

Who is L.A. Dies?

(pictured from L to R) Joe Palame: Bass Guitar, BGV; Melody Ouellette: Vocals, Electric Guitar; Aaron Jacks: Electric Guitar, Keys, BGV; Myra Goodman: Drums

What made them attractive to HSAL?

100% their live show. It was only after seeing them grow into their sound on stage after stage around our hometown that we decided to pursue. Additionally, their DIY recordings showed a willingness to drive beyond simple living room demos. Oh, we should also call out that they’re a super fun bunch…we’re into fun bunches!

What will 2019 hold for the band?

The band will be cutting their new album with Allen Bergendahl (Shy Low, Psalmships) this spring. After tracking, look to catch ’em out on the road before the LP drops at the onset of autumn. 

So, what DOES the band sound like?

…rather than namedrop a bunch of acts RIYL style, we decided to let their songs tell the tale. Here’s a few cuts from their self-produced album with their two tracks from HSAL #44 mixed in to begin fashioning your ears for what is to come…

‘Round the HSAL Campfire!

HSAL #46 - Cover Art (2 x 2 150)

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…HSAL #47 Cover Art (2 x 2 150)

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
HSAL #44 B Front Cover Art (2 x 2 150)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…

 

First Sessions For HSAL #44!

Session #1 Recap (8 x 8, 150)

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!

NEW HSAL Action!

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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.

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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.