Monday, 14 March 2016

Feature: Halfloves (14/03/16)

Indie rock five-piece, Halfloves, are beginning a new chapter with their new self-titled album. The Iowa City based group have spent the past two years working on the album with renowned producer Brandon Darner (Imagine Dragons). Jeff (guitar / vocals), Nate (bass), Trevor (keys), Noel (drums) and Lucas (lead guitar) have played with Manchester Orchestra, Foxygen, We The Kings and many more, having grown a strong following over several years, this unsigned band are making sound waves bound to pick anyone's ears up.

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?

All of us started music at different times and in different ways. Trevor (keys) was classically trained from a young age and Noel (drums) also started drumming at a young age. Nate (bass), Jeff (guitar, vocals) and Lucas (guitar) all started playing music further into their adolescence after being inspired by more modern rock and indie music.

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
We've played with the band Rubblebucket a couple of times and each time has been a treat - such great energy and colours in their set and top of the line musicianship to match. Their music has definitely influenced us. Also, lots of Christian hardcore bands from the early - md 2000's come from the opposite end of the spectrum of influences in our music. Having seen awesome performances from the group Underoath inspires us to include emotionally and sonically heavy aspects to songs that often are shrouded with pop sensibilities.

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Trevor listens to a lot of podcasts and his musical tastes are all over the place from classical music to european house to hardcore. One of Noel and Nate's favourite records of this past year was Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly'. Jeff listens to a lot of Arctic Monkeys and modern indie rock bands and Lucas just listens to the voices in his own head cause he's a sick boy.

3 Qs for Halfloves:

1. If you could invite any three people, dead or alive, to one of your gigs, who would you choose?

1) Tim Heidecker + Eric Wareheim (they count as 1 person). Our band has seriously bonded on several occasions over their movie Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie. They are comedic geniuses and we love them.
2) Michael Jordan. We love us some b ball and Jordan is THE king (suck it LeBron).
3) Jesus Christ of Nazareth because he is God.

2. Which track from your forthcoming self-titled album are you most excited for people to hear and why?
Probably 'Not Too Keen'. It's a good representation of the album's feeling and sentiment as well as the overall energy. Those are the main reasons we wanted to bring it to life with a music video.

3. What process did you go through creating 'Not Too Keen', both musically and visually?
The songs stems from the disillusionment of the allure of young love and how, although it can be great sometimes, there's far more cases where your perspective on love and life is opened up after your first big break up. Our good friend and director Max Moore is someone who we've worked with in past music videos and after working out some basic ideas with him to adapt a visual accompaniment to the song, we threw around lots of specific inspirations from photos, other videos, Greek myth and strains of our personal lives.

Random Q:

Five songs for a road trip?

Not sure about five songs but we definitely have 2 very special songs that we play (sometimes more than once) every time we're in the van for the better part of a year now. One of those songs is 'Choices (Yup)' by E-40. It's catchy and infectious and similar to our comedic love for Tim and Eric, E-40 somehow managed to make a song filled overloaded with nonsensical goofs that epitomise a feel-good hip hop tune. It never gets old. The other song we listen to along with 'Choices (Yup)' is 'Don't Know Much (live version)' by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville. This song is also jam-packed with emotion and way too much vibrato. At one point during a harmony they sing different words on accident which is great cause you feel the (sexual?) tension. To cap it off, Aaron throws in this ridiculous vocal run at the very end, the TV host makes a comment about his biceps as it all comes to a close. Hard to top either of those.

'Not Too Keen' Review:
Brilliant drums and stuttered guitars combined bring this track in, growing with intensity and darkness throughout. 'Not Too Keen' builds with layers of bass and keys, underlining the fantastic vocals, creating Halflove's well known and loved sound, their unique dark pop / rock trademark. This single is along similar lines of one of their previous tracks 'Who Are You?' and yet differs from their last track 'It's Easy To Love'; this shows even though they've found their sound, Halfloves are not becoming a 'one-style of track' group. This is a great track that leads the way for the rest of their self-titled album and is an infectious indie rock track, bound to get you tapping your foot and humming along!

See Halfloves Live:
25th March: Octopus, Cedar Falls, IA
31st March: *Reverb Lounge, Omaha, NE
1st April: *7th Street Entry, Minneapolis
2nd April: *The Frequency, Madison, WI
4th April: Rozz Tox, Rock Island, IL
13th April: Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City
22nd April: Zoo Bar, Lincoln, NE
23rd April: Milk Run, Omaha, NE
29th April: Arbor Bar, Fairfield, IA
20th May: The Slowdown, Omaha, NE
27th May: Gas Lamp, Des Moines, IA
28th May: DG's Taphouse, Ames, IA
* = supporting Quilt

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'Halfloves' Album (iTunes):

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