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…
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:
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…
Your friendly neighborhood record label has been scurrying ’round for the past several months to get all of this together, & now the time has come! Up now on our bandcamp page are pre-orders for both HSAL #31 (CD) & HSAL #37 (LP)!
(CD/DIG: Available 08/04/17) Beginning as homemade demos sent out west for reference, HSAL #31’s foundation was established over a four-day session in a converted living room. From there, layer after tasteful layer was added on via input & connections from producer Chris Schlarb (Psychic Temple, Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet). The finished product is an EP’s worth of silky smooth passages crafted by solid gold musicianship. The physical copy will be a four-panel gatefold wallet with full-color artwork designed by Jeremiah. These visuals compliment the textured world drafted by the EP. Additionally, the wallet contains a full lyric card!
(DIG: Available now; LP: Available 09/29/17) “Deaf Sharp” is the debut full-length from honeybrandy (Nathan McGlothlin & Joey Wright). The duo headed out to southern California to work with good buddy Chris Schlarb (Psychic Temple, Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet). For the single-day session, Schlarb connected honeybrandy with a pair of phenomenal horn & reed players & even sat in on electric guitar for a portion of the time. The limited edition 12″ copy of “Deaf Sharp” on VIRGIN BLACK VINYL (with digital copy that includes the bonus tracks) is paired with a special CD that contains all recorded honeybrandy material (as of June 2017). This is another hour of sounds tracked at Nathan’s house by the duet with some guest spots from friends.
We’ve arrived at that time of the year where “holidays” are (not so subtly) creeping into the collective consciousness. November hold quite a bit in store for your friendly neighborhood record label. Here are some of the yarns being spun in our camp:
– honeybrandy are heading to the left coast to cut their next record with much lauded engineer & HSAL friend Chris Schlarb at Big Ego in Long Beach, CA. They will be partnering with some heavy hitters from the free jazz world for this full length. in the coming year, look for Joey & Nathan to present this material in live settings featuring horn players from the right coast to round out the textures.
– Our next release will be a digital mixtape, courtesy of resident chameleon Lloyd Harmon. “Mima’s Mixtapes, Volume 1” (HSAL #35) promises to be a wild ride, with influences all over the map. Look for the mixtape to drop via bandcamp on November 22nd.
So, in case you hadn’t heard, we FINALLY received physical copies of the new TLVS album! It’s in stock now (NOTE: All pre-orders have already been shipped & should be in hand by the time you read this). To celebrate the vinyl, we’re running this special package deal with the last few physical releases that we have put together. It’s $28 PPD for HSAL #22 (The Accidental Parade), HSAL #23 (TLVS), & HSAL #25 (Benjamin Mauch). We’re running this package deal until July 12th or when we run out of stock on one of the releases (#22 & #25 are both limited editions). Just email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your request & we’ll set up for you to purchase via Paypal! Fresh off the heels of a set in an graveyard, 1/2 of the Hill City Eye & Ear Control are at it again! Joey & Nathan will be performing a sound collage at the Riverviews Gallery (9th & Commerce Sts, downtown Lynchburg) as part of July’s First Friday opening ceremony on the 3rd from 6P – 8P. We’ve been told that the exhibit will feature works from the residents of the Riverviews Studios & Co-Op! Should prove to be a blast…
So, after a hiatus for the front half of the year, The Accidental Parade is back in the saddle again. Guitar dude Matt Beck has welcomed in Ryan Ulsh (Super Vacations, Mas Y Mas) to keep time & structure around his four-string melodies. We’re hoping to announce some live dates this summer & (fingers crossed) have them back in the Hill City before too long. We still have some copies of the Parade’s first EP on one-sided wax for those interested. All orders placed this summer (that’s pre-Labor Day) will include extra instrumental vinyl for to spin at back porch parties & the like!
Minimalist composer Benjamin Mauch is stateside this summer & will be performing around the Commonwealth until his next departure for China. If you haven’t checked out his recent collection, you owe the side of your brain that would rather sit at home alone with a cheap bottle of wine & listen to rainfall a concentrated listen. Our hope is to score at least one Lynchburg performance & then to set up some other dates with label mates TLVS.
Speaking of TLVS, we FINALLY have a new projected date on the new LP, “I Can Dream All Day”. Looks like the press will have copies back to us & to the band on/around June 23rd. We’ll be shipping pre-ordered copies, along with some extra TLVS & HSAL related goodies as soon as the LP’s are in our hot little hands. In other TLVS merch news, the duo has been selling copies of their first “official” CD, “Introducing…The Late Virginia Summers”, at shows & in person. The nearly hour long collection boasts a solid demo of “The Luminous Veil” from the new record plus some choice live cuts from the two-piece’s history. NOTE: If you ever saw TLVS & hoped to get a copy of that rad ambient tune where the one guys hangs out with prostitutes, THIS is the moment you’ve been waiting for!
Spaced out, jazzy, faux-jam band Hill City Eye & Ear Control have started to get noticed around town as the “go-to” for interesting background music. Fresh off their double set at the Old City Cemetery over Mother’s Day weekend, the quartet (we’re pretty sure the lineup has been solidified at this point) have been asked to perform as part of a weekend of “out” music (this term applied SUPER loosely) at the old Firehouse #4 between downtown proper & Rivermont in Lynchburg next month. We hope that the group will find a place to land long enough to track an actual set of jams that we can release before the year’s end.