The Helio Sequence’s New Album ‘Negotiations’ Details + Single “October”
Despite the amount of great music released this year, 2008 was turned upside down by The Helio Sequence. Keep Your Eyes Ahead, our number one album from 2008 gave The Helio Sequence their most famed notoriety yet. As Summers spoke during his last visit into Philly at Johnny Brendas’, I recall him saying, “The last time we were here, there were only twelve of you. We’re not used to this, but it feels good to be back.”
Keep Your Eyes Ahead, as well as THS’ previous three albums were borne by the collaborative effort of merely two bandmates – Brandon Summers (vocals/guitar) and Benjamin Weikel (drums/keyboard/laptop). Summers’ vocals dropped on Weikel’s technical savvy makes for an electro-rock experience that is unforgettable. Just as Keep Your Eyes Ahead dropped our jaw, The Helio Sequence’s new album titled Negotiations should be another show stopper. The duo’s consistency, from self-released albums to Sub Pop’s added quality should fare well once again.
The Helio Sequence’s new album Negotiations preys on their experiences over the course of the past four years. As described in Sub Pop’s update bio on the album, the band’s direction on their future turned when they discovered their studio/practice space was flooded – along with all of their other equipment. The positive news was all of their best equipment was on tour with them or racked high enough to be salvaged. On the negative side, lots of equipment was lost and a relocation we eminent.
Summers and Weikel settled on a new practice space – a 1,500 square foot cafeteria space used as a former break room in an old warehouse. Along with their newly found space, came the positives of practicing in vacancy. Longer sessions no longer forced their creative process to crumble unexpectedly. Neighbors were no longer an issue, nor was recording time, often inhibited by the adjacent noises which frequently halted production.
The duo knocked out many of their songs in an instant. Their new gear in their practice room was vintage equipment. Less technology led to more warmth and fuzz to their sound. The move made for a stunning advance in their music and directly impacted the motion set forth in Negotiations. Lots more on Sub Pop’s website.
The Helio Sequence’s first track off of the forthcoming album is titled “October”. It embodies everything you could ask for from Keep Your Eyes Ahead, yet with more maturity and story. Although hard to top their last effort, the consistent nature of The Helio Sequence’s music should make this a sure-fire pick for this year’s best albums.
Negotiations is set for release on September 11, 2012 via Sub Pop.
Here’s a video of their album promo:
The Helio Sequence Album Art