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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 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).


Posted by Sam Sawyer

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

The Helio Sequence + Seattle Sounders FC

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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

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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

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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.

Negotiations
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

The Helio Sequence Official Facebook / Twitter / Sub Pop Artist Page


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

MEDIA : TUE, JUL 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

New Track from The Helio Sequence

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
2. October
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
10. December
11. Negotiations

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+)

The Helio Sequence :: Facebook / Twitter / Sub Pop Artist Page


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : MON, JUN 11, 2012 at 5:05 AM

The Helio Sequence To Release Negotiations on September 11, 2012

Negotiations, the fifth full-length album written, recorded, and produced by The Helio Sequence (and the band’s first album in over four years) is scheduled to be released September 11th, 2012 on CD, LP and digital formats here on Sub Pop Records.
This long-awaited album announcement comes with a new video trailer for Negotiations from the band as well, which you can view on the player above.

We will have much more news on the band, their new music and their upcoming fall tour news coming soon but in the meantime, please look to the band’s subpop.com artist page for all the latest and most useful Helio Sequence information, like say, links to the bands Facebook and Twitter pages and/or the most current tour dates.


Posted by Alissa Gallivan