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.
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).”
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 http://www.theheliosequence.com.
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 megamart.subpop.com 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).
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.
All of the bands/artists/comedians participating in our various 20th anniversary revelries have agreed to play for free in the hopes of raising a bunch of money to give to a bunch of worthwhile organizations. Basically, we’re pooling the money we make, dividing it amongst everyone playing and each band/artist/comedian picks a recipient.
Herewith the list of organizations to which these folks have elected to donate their share of the proceeds. And, sometimes, where possible, we’ve included a bit of info about why they picked who they did.
Todd Barry — The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a national voluntary health agency dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and to improving the quality of life of patients and their families.
Beachwood Sparks — Farm Sanctuary
We are going to donate our portion to the Farm Sanctuary. It is a group that rescues factory farm animals. They educate communities and children on responsible humane farming practices. They help take a little bit of violence away.
Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (feat. Tad Doyle) — National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
We are grateful and pleased to be a part of this event because we are donating the show revenue to help America’s homeless veterans. Far too many of our armed service men and women come back home from duty overseas to a place where people treat them like second-class citizens and give our faithful service men and women the cold shoulder. These people are to be honored and that is why we have chosen to make our donation for this show to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. This organization helps homeless veterans with shelters and social services. They also help drug and alcohol addicted veterans who want help finding an answer to their problems.
Comets on Fire — The 924 Gilman Street Project
David Cross — Knowmore.org
Death Vessel — The Children’s Garden Network
Eric’s Trip — Kiva – micro-lending
Everyone thinks it’s just such a great simple idea, and it works!!
Fleet Foxes — Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
[from Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold…] I never learned a classical instrument in school or elsewhere and now I really regret it. I feel like I’m playing catch up now when I could’ve been learning all these things from an early age. Hopefully this money will buy some genius kids some stuff that’ll help them discover what they want to do in life!
Flight of the Conchords — Red Cross International Response Fund
The American Red Cross International Response Fund provides immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help victims of natural disasters and other crises around the world.
The Fluid — Radio 1190
Our local college station, because they support us!
Foals — The Katharine House Hospice
Katharine House is located 4 miles south of Banbury and lies on the borders of Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire amidst beautiful gardens where peace and tranquility prevail. The Hospice building was completed in 1991 and today the specialist palliative care services offered include in-patient, day centre, out-patients (medical and lymphoedema), community nurse specialists (Macmillan), and bereavement support. No charge is made to patients or their families for any aspect of care.
Grand Archives — The Bridge School
Green River — The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation
Our good friend and Seattle guitar god Tom Price (U-Men, Gas Huffer, Monkeywrench, The Tom Price Desert Classic) has early onset Parkinson’s Disease. We decided to donate Green River’s SP20 winnings to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation in his honor.
The Gutter Twins — Free the West Memphis Three
This is the Defense Fund for the West Memphis 3 – three teenagers convicted of a horrible crime because of the music they listened to and the way they dressed.
The Helio Sequence — The Darcy Davidson Cancer Fund
Darcy is a friend of ours here in Portland who has been diagnosed with type IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In 2007, she bravely went through chemotherapy and the cancer went into remission, but unfortunately it has recently relapsed. We are very concerned for Darcy and our hearts go out to her, her husband, and her family. If you would like to make a donation to help Darcy out you can go to any Washington Mutual branch and say that you would like to donate to the “Darcy Davidson Cancer Fund.”
Iron and Wine — Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery
Kinski — First Place
Kinski supports First Place, a Seattle-based agency devoted to educating and nurturing children whose families struggle with homelessness. First Place gives kids from grades K through 6 a safe, stable environment to learn and grow, and offers housing and support services that help their families achieve stability. Hope, home and education for every child, one family at a time.
Les Thugs — Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum is a Seattle-based, non-profit center for the film arts. Much like Sub Pop does for music, NWFF supports the production of independent film by local artists, and connects that community to its international constituency. NWFF also operates two cinemas on Capitol Hill, screening hundreds of programs year-round, often including music documentaries and commissioning live scores for classic films. Belmondo!!
Low — The Maasai Cultural Foundation
The Maasai Cultural Foundation is working to document the deeply rooted music of East Africa’s Maasai people, while focusing on health and education projects in the Maasai communities where music is recorded. One such example is our adult education program in Namuncha, Kenya, where over one-hundred rural Maasai men and women are learning to read, write and do arithmetic in a school building funded by the band Low. Visit us at www.maasaiculture.org to learn more about our projects, the Maasai people and hear samples of Maasai music!
Eugene Mirman — 826 Boston
826Boston is a wonderful nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Writing is crucial to the survival of mankind and the propagation of knowledge and commerce. Without proper writing skills you wouldbkgi kallo fa fa wough. See? It’s important. To that end, 826Boston provides free drop-in tutoring, field trips, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, and much more —- because without the written word people would constantly forget the Bill of Rights and wipe out civilization.
Mudhoney — The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation
Our good friend and Seattle guitar god Tom Price (U-Men, Gas Huffer, Monkeywrench, The Tom Price Desert Classic) has early onset Parkinson’s Disease. We decided to donate Mudhoney’s SP20 winnings to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation in his honor.
No Age — Lance Armstrong Foundation
Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) unites people to fight cancer. This is a good war to fight.
Patton Oswalt — Hope for the Warriors
Hope for the Warriors is exactly that: Hope, funds and assistance to Army veterans who aren’t being given much of anything by the VA, the government, or the current administration.
Pissed Jeans — National Multiple Sclerosis Society
One of our biggest supporters and closest loved ones suffers from MS.
We are proud to donate our charity cash towards a cure for MS, in
honor of those with MS and the people who care about them.
Red Red Meat — Accelerated Cure Project
We have some friends and family members with Multiple Sclerosis and this foundation is actively seeking a cure.
The Ruby Suns — PAWS
We seriously love animals! Big time! PAWS is awesome! They help out animals that have been abandoned, hurt, and basically screwed over by people – both intentionally and unintentionally. They also try to deal with the problem at its core – not just a band-aid – if you know what I mean. There is a big focus on education and general knowledge sharing.
A big problem with a lot of other animal shelters is that they end up killing a lot of their “guests” because of capacity issues – but PAWS has a “no-kill” policy! They try to find homes for all domesticated animals and return wild ones back to whence they came.
Those who work for this organisation are pretty aws in our opinion and deserve all the money help they can get.
Kristen Schaal — National Breast Cancer Foundation
Seaweed — Emergency Food Network
Seaweed supports the great work of the Emergency Food Network. Each charitable dollar is transformed into $12 worth of food for our hungry friends in Tacoma/Pierce County (low-income families, seniors, and the homeless). EFN also operates an organic farm and an orchard which serve as living laboratories for students to learn about sustainable farming practices. It is the only emergency food distribution center in the country to produce and distribute large quantities of organic produce (over 150,000 pound per year!). Seaweed thanks the Emergency Food Network for a job well done.
The Vaselines — The Bellur Trust
This charity was chosen because Bks Iyengar has spread the teaching of yoga throughout the world. He, as the chief patron of The Bellur Trust, is now working towards providing the basic amenities to improve the quality of life of the children of Bellur, his birth place.
Wolf Parade — Head & Hands
Heads and Hands is a grassroots social work, mental and physical health youth outreach program based in the neighbourhood of NDG in Montreal.
You are an exceedingly awesome bunch of people and we are tremendously proud to work with you. Thanks!
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.
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 SubPop.com, 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 SubPop.com 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
3. Downward Spiral
4. The Measure
5. Hall of Mirrors — NEW! Free Download Available as of Today
6. Harvester of Souls
7. Open Letter
8. When the Shadow Falls
9. Silence on Silence
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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The Helio Sequence are set to release their fifth full-length album entitled Negotiations on September 11th, 2012 right here on Sub Pop Records. The album features 11 tracks and is led by the singles, “October” and “Hall of Mirrors”. You can stream “October” as well as get a free download of the track now from the widget above.
If you act early and pre-order Negotiations from www.subpop.com, or buy it from select retailers on CD or LP, while supplies last, your order will come with a quadrophonic companion CD called Aces. The band intended Aces to be played simultaneously with Negotiations on two different stereo systems to create an enhanced spatial experience. Perhaps needless to say, but we like this.
There will be more information on this special pre-order offer in the coming weeks, but for those of you who we had at “quadrophonic companion,” the pre-order is available for purchase now at subpop.com.
The Helio Sequence have scheduled a tour in support of Negotiations which will see the band visiting both sides of the Atlantic this fall. The tour begins September 1st in Seattle, WA at Bumbershoot and currently ends on October 13th in Boise, ID at Neurolux. All current tour dates listed below.
The Helio Sequence Negotiations
1. One More Time
3. Downward Spiral
4. The Measure
5. Hall of Mirrors
6. Harvester of Souls
7. Open Letter
8. When the Shadow Falls
9. Silence on Silence
The Helio Sequence on Tour
Sep 01 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Festival
Sep 07 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (All Ages)
Sep 20 – London, UK – Hoxton Bar and Grill
Sep 21 – Paris, France – Fleche D’Or
Sep 22 – Hamburg, Germany – Reeperbahn Festival
Sep 24 – Berlin, Germany – Comet (DE)
Sep 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Sep 26 – Koln, Germany – Gebaude 9
Sep 27 – Leuven, Belgium – Stuk
Oct 03 – Sacramento, CA – Town House Lounge (21+)
Oct 04 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent (21+)
Oct 05 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour (All Ages)
Oct 06 – San Diego, CA – Irenic (All Ages)
Oct 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom (16+)
Oct 08 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress (All Ages)
Oct 10 – Sante Fe, NM – Santa Fe Sol Live (All Ages)
Oct 11 – Denver, CO – Moe’s (16+)
Oct 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge (21+)
Oct 13 – Boise, ID – Neurolux (21+)
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