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NEWS : FRI, JUL 10, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Watch The Helio Sequence’s Video “Battle Lines”

Now available for your eyes and ears:  The Helio Sequence’s official video for “Battle Lines”, from their self-titled 6th effort, directed by Robin Washburn and featuring animation from Emanuelle Kabu (“Upward Mobility”).

Robin had this to say about the new video: “Exciting to work with The Helio Sequence again, and felt very lucky to have collaborated with Emanuele Kabu. My particular contribution to the look of the “live” portion of this video involved running the motion vector information through a small set of looping “electric” colors, then blacking out the static background, creating a kind of Tron-like world. Once that was in place we sent it off to Emanuele to dream up whatever he wanted…  and I think it all turned out fantastic. A really fun project to be involved in.”

The Helio Sequence is out now on CD/LP/DL worldwide from Sub Pop, and you can spend your hard earned dollars (or your allowance) on it via Sub Pop Mega MartiTunesAmazon and Bandcamp. Everyone who purchases the LP from will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on yellow-colored vinyl.

New to The Helio Sequence?  Want to hear more?  There’s a playlist for that:

The band’s U.S. west coast tour resumes Saturday, July 11th in Seattle, WA at The Neptune and currently ends October 1st in Spokane, WA at INB Performing Arts Center. Additionally the band have added an appearance at Victoria, BC’s Rifflandia Festival on September 19th.
Tour Dates
July 11 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune
Jul. 14 -  San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Jul. 15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
Jul. 16 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent
Jul. 17 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
Jul. 18 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
Aug. 23 - Portland, OR-  MusicFestNW
Sep. 19 - Victoria, BC - Rifflandia Festival
Sep. 30 - Missoula, MT - Adams Event Center*   
Oct. 01 - Spokane, WA  - INB Performing Arts Center*   
 * w/  Death Cab For Cutie
For presale & general ticket information, please visit

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, MAY 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM

The Helio Sequence’s s/t, 6th album available now worldwide

The Helio Sequence is out now on CD/LP/DL worldwide and can be purcahsed in fine record stores near you as well as online retailers such as Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. Worth noting, however, is that while supplies last, customers who purchase the LP version of the album from will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on yellow-colored vinyl.

Additionally, The Helio Sequence’s US tour  will resume on June 3rd in Boise, ID at Neurolux and will run through October 1st in Spokane, WA at INB Performing Arts Center. The Helio Sequence will be direct support for Death Cab For Cutie  on Sep. 30th & Oct. 1st . Get the complete list of tour dates below.

What people are saying about The Helio Sequence:

“The Helio Sequence has created a euphoric, career-defining album.” [9.2 / 10] - PASTE

“…The duo’s latest is an ambitious, smart, and memorable collection of crisply produced clean-channel rock that shows all the newcomers how it’s done.” [8/10] - FLOOD

“”Stoic Resemblance” matches harmonious psychedelic chorus with a brisk krautrock pulse.” - Stereogum

“”Stoic Resemblance” is among the most pop-friendly things the duo have put to tape. Of course, “pop-friendly” to The Helio Sequence takes the shape of more direct song structures and vocal hooks. Naturally, it’s all filtered through their signature kaleidoscopic filter, hitting a chord somewhere between gauzy and taut. At a tight three minutes, “Stoic Resemblance” shows The Helio Sequence at their most spontaneous and their most playful, which is not only a surprise turn from the studio-intense direction that’s long defined them with surprisingly fun results.” [Song of the Day] - KEXP

“It’s a hit of catchy goodness with a funky bassline with a chorus of “oh na na nas.” It’s a bonafide jam.” [“Stoic Resemblance”]  - KCRW

“A rager by comparison, rhythmically reminiscent of Beck…It’s great to find the Helio Sequence upping their game, and being a little less stoic.” [“Stoic Resemblance”]  - Buzzbands

Tour Dates
Jun. 03 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
Jun. 04 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
Jun. 05 - Denver, CO- Larimer Lounge
Jun. 06 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
Jun. 08 -  Dallas, TX - Club Dada
Jun 09 - Austin, TX - RED 7
Jun. 10 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
Jun. 11 - New Orleans, LA - Gassa Gassa
Jun. 12 - Birmingham, AL - The Saturn
Jun. 13 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
Jun. 14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
Jun. 16 - Washington DC -  Black Cat
Jun. 17 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
Jun. 18 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
Jun. 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
Jun. 20 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
Jun. 21 - Hamden, CT - Outerspace Ballroom
Jun. 23 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
Jun. 24 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
Jun. 25 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
Jun. 26 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
Jun. 27- St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
Jun. 28th - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
Jul. 09 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
July 11 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune
Jul. 14 -  San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Jul. 15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
Jul. 16 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent
Jul. 17 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
Jul. 18 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
Aug. 23 - Portland, OR-  MusicFestNW
Sep. 30 - Missoula, MT - Adams Event Center*  
Oct. 01 - Spokane, WA  - INB Performing Arts Center*  
 * w/  Death Cab For Cutie

For presale & general ticket information, please visit

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : MON, MAR 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM

The Helio Sequence Set to Release Their Self-Titled Sixth Record May 19th

The Helio Sequence are set to release their self-titled 6th album on CD/LP/DL May 18th & 19th worldwide via Sub Pop. The Helio Sequence, featuring the highlights “Stoic Resemblance,” “Upward Mobility,” and “Battle Lines,” was produced & mixed by the band at The Old Jantzen Building in Portland, OR and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.

You can now hear the lead-off track, “Stoic Resemblance” through an animated visual (Not-the-video) directed by multimedia artist Emanuele Kabu. Stereogum premiered the track and says it “matches harmonious psychedelic chorus with a brisk krautrock pulse (see track post March 2nd).”

The Helio Sequence will tour extensively in 2015 to support the release. Preceding that tour, the band have scheduled an acoustic performance on March 31st in Seattle at The Triple Door. For up to date information on live dates & tickets, please visit

Preorders for The Helio Sequence are available through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. All customers who pre-order the LP version of the album from will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on yellow-colored vinyl. Additionally, CD and LP versions of The Helio Sequence will also receive The Sunrise Demos, a CD comprised of 11 demos recorded during the making of the album (while supplies last).  Additionally, there will be a new T-shirt design available as stand-alone item or as part of a bundle with purchases of The Helio Sequence.

About The Helio Sequence:
The self-titled sixth album by The Helio Sequence began with a friendly competition. Several of the duo’s friends within the Portland, Oregon music scene had been playing “The 20-Song Game.” The rules were simple, playful and ambitious: Songwriters would arrive in their studios at prearranged times and spend all day recording 20 complete songs. When they were finished, they’d have a party, listen to the results and talk about the process—of taking the good with the bad, of letting creativity push past constraint, of simply making music in the moment. Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel took the spirit of the “The 20-Song Game” to heart, and forged ahead writing a new record.

In May of 2014, inspired by the “20-Song Game”, they began arriving each morning in their Portland space—housed in the cafeteria and break room of an old warehouse— with the mission of making as much music as possible in one month. They began exploring and capturing, recording guitar riffs and keyboard loops, drum patterns and bass lines. One piece documented, they quickly advanced to the next idea. Summers and Weikel didn’t discuss what they were making or the reference points that informed it, though such discussions had once been central to The Helio Sequence’s more self-conscious process. They just played. Created. In time, they returned to each fragment, broadcasting it over the studio PA, jamming and recording the results. Mistakes didn’t matter, and second chances didn’t exist. After two weeks, Summers and Weikel began cutting those loose takes into rough shapes, steadily building songs from their cavalier sketches. 

When June arrived, the duo gathered their 26 finished songs and sent them to 31 friends, fans and family members. They asked each person to rank their 10 favorite tracks. By summer’s end, they had arrived at the brisk 10 tracks that shape the breathless and magnetic The Helio Sequence—a record so named because it’s a kind of clean restart for the longtime pair, a revamp of their process and a revitalization of their results.

The Helio Sequence is a renewed push forward for the band: From the cool wallop of “Deuces,” where guitars snarl and harmonies soar, to the stuttering anxiety of “Upward Mobility”, where pianos pound and drums race, this collection depends upon an effortless kinetic energy. Lyrically, “Stoic Resemblance” is a study of existential anxiety, but musically, it’s a beguiling burst of pop, Summers’ vocals rising over and sliding off of Weikel’s big, irrepressible beat. The bittersweet “Leave or Be Yours” evokes the easy twinkle of romance and the smoldering sadness of losing it. Crisscrossing vocals and cross-talking guitars and drums map a broad swirl of emotions.  There’s a delightful candor to The Helio Sequence, an openness that is a rare and special feat for a band about to enter its third decade (read more at Sub Pop).

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : SUN, OCT 27, 2013 at 3:48 AM

The Helio Sequence + Seattle Sounders FC


A madness of the Soccer—or if you prefer, futbol—variety has taken the city of Seattle in pandemic proportions since the 2007 inclusion of the Seattle Sounders FC to the Professional Soccer Society of American Gentlemen (MLS). During the soccer season, everywhere you turn in Seattle, you find yourself surrounded well-educated hooligans, who likely work in the tech industry, wrapped in blue and green-striped scarves chanting indecipherable nonsense in unison and ordering a plain ol’ donut without the Sounders’ colors sprinkled on it becomes a nearly impossible task.

Today, we at Sub Pop are helping to stoke that intense fervor by putting one of our most exciting bands, The Helio Sequence, in front of thousands upon thousands of Seattle Sounders fans near the stadium as the band leads the crowd in the “March to the Match” where the Sounders will play West Coast rivals the L.A. Galaxy.

If you don’t have tickets to the game, but you do want to see The Helio Sequence play a free show, head down to Century Link field and see them play in the parking lot at 4:20 today (let’s save the weed jokes for a different blog post, please).

More info on the location here.

Come for the The Helio Sequence, stay for the Sounders.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, SEP 11, 2012 at 5:57 AM

The Helio Sequence’s Negotiations Out Now


It’s been a very lengthy stretch since The Helio Sequence released their 2008 breakthrough masterpiece, Keep Your Eyes Ahead, long enough in fact, that we’ve been made to feel like we’ve been festering in a rank puddle of anticipation being forced to cruelly wait for what would assuredly be an amazing follow up. With 2012 well upon us, all of that impatient waiting that we’ve been complaining about here at Sub Pop HQ is about to be over! On September 11th, The Helio Sequence’s long-awaited fourth album, Negotiations, will finally be available on CD and double LP (pressed at 45 RPM for maximum fidelity, by the way.)!

Get your copy here.

Posted by Sam Sawyer

COMMERCE : FRI, AUG 10, 2012 at 3:33 AM

The Helio Sequence: New Track, New Tour Dates, New album Available for Pre-Order Now


On September 11th, The Helio Sequence’s long-awaited fifth album, Negotiations, will finally be available on CD and double LP (pressed at 45 RPM for maximum fidelity, by the way.) If you pre-order the record on either these formats from, you’ll receive a limited edition Helio Sequence CD called Aces that the band created to be played in tandem with Negotiations as a listening experience-enhancing quadrophonic companion piece. We’re also offering people who pre-order the vinyl LP from the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the double LP—in this case we’re told it will be clear with dashes of gold. Both the bonus Aces CD and the Loser Edition LP are limited to the first 500 people who pre-order, so act now, as they say. Oh yeah, there’ll be stickers, too.

Pick Up Negotiations and your free copy of the quadraphonic Helio Sequence listening experience enhancer Aces with your pre-order.

1. One More Time
2. October
3. Downward Spiral
4. The Measure
5. Hall of MirrorsNEW! Free Download Available as of Today
6. Harvester of Souls
7. Open Letter
8. When the Shadow Falls
9. Silence on Silence
10. December
11. Negotiations

WATCH Negotiations Video Trailer
Music Video and Full Album Stream coming soon!

The band has also added more dates to their fall tour in support of Negotiations The newly expanded tour begins September 1 in Seattle, WA at Bumbershoot and now ends on November 17 in Philadelphia, PA at Underground Arts. Full list of newly confirmed tour dates below.

The Helio Sequence on Tour
Sep 01 – Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Festival / Sub Pop Stage
Sep 07 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom / Music Fest NW ^
Sep 20 – London, UK – Hoxton Bar and Grill
Sep 21 – Paris, FR – Fleche D’ or
Sep 22 – Hamburg, DE – Reeperbahn Festival
Sep 24 – Berlin, DE – Comet (DE)
Sep 25 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Sep 26 – Köln, DE – Gebaude 9
Sep 27 – Leuven, BE – Stuk
Oct 03 – Sacramento, CA – Town House Lounge +
Oct 04 – San Francisco, CA – Independent +
Oct 05 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour +
Oct 06 – San Diego, CA – Irenic +
Oct 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom +
Oct 08 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress +
Oct 10 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Sol Live +
Oct 11 – Denver, CO – Moe’s +
Oct 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge +
Oct 13 – Boise, ID – Neurolux +
Oct 18 – Halifax, NS – St Matthews Church
Oct 30 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown (Bar) X
Oct 31 – Rock Island, IL – Daytrotter
Nov 01 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
Nov 02 – Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf X
Nov 03 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
Nov 05 – Norman, OK – University of Oklahoma X
Nov 06 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s X
Nov 07 – Iowa CIty, IA – The Mill X
Nov 08 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club X
Nov 09 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall X
Nov 10 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall X
Nov 12 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern X
Nov 13 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore X
Nov 14 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall X
Nov 15 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom X
Nov 16 – Washington, DC – Black Cat X
Nov 17 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts X

+ w/ Slowdance
X w/ Ramona Falls
^ w/ Hosannas, Radiation City

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Posted by Alissa Gallivan