Last week PopMatters named Have You Ever Done Something Evil? the #1 Overlooked Album of the year. I know what you're thinking. You're wondering, "Why are you psyched about being overlooked?"
HTH doesn’t have the money to hire PR people or do big marketing campaigns, so this does mean a whole lot to us. We love the record we made and hoped people would discover it on its own merits, which this writer so eloquently suggests you do. Thank you PopMatters and Captains Dead for calling out what they heard, as they heard it. And thank all of you for the best year this band has ever had. I know we've said it before, but we literally couldn't have done it with you.
Also, for the 3rd year in a row, I've stacked up all the stuff I karate kicked into the world in one place. That includes Music, Videos, Writing & more. All here.
Hi, it's HTH, all of us typing this together. Each of us covering 6 - 12 keys on the keyboard, knowing when to depress the button instinctively, writing this letter to you smoothly without hesitation. Do you feel that?
We'll end our "No More New York Shows" protest and play CMJ on October 25th at Bowery Electric. It'll be our first NY show in about two years and it's being curated/hosted by Ryan's Smashing Life blog and Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows fame. That's free and you should RSVP now!
The vinyl release got pushed back til around November 20th, but pre-orders now get immediate download of the bonus EP Juvenile Oratorios! Here's a track from that EP we accidentally spilled all over a music blog earlier today. But anyways, the release is 180 gram vinly, only 500 being pressed, you won't wanna miss owning this musical platter.
This is especially true in light of the fact that we have been charged with the crime of being the best in three separate ways. You can vote for us (and Joe's band Creaturos, and Marissa Nadler too) over at the BMA site, but only if you'd enjoy doing so. As you know, we have a strict "art is not a contest" policy here and cannot directly implore fans to do anything but bliss out to our sweet, sweet, sweet jams.
Some other things you may have missed: collected podcast appearances & radio interviews can be found here, the "Try This Instead" video starring James Adomian (Comedy Bang Bang, Childrens Hospital, Last Comic Standing), 3 live videos from our Redstar Union "Behind The Album" event are over on our YouTube channel, and the complete story of staying the night at Boston's ONLY rock and roll hotel was chronicled by RW here.
Thank you for visiting our website, friends. We will be delivering news about the band Hallelujah The Hills until our superiors give us the signal and we roll this thing over into a straight-up conspiracy theory meet-up hot spot.
On May 13th we released our 4th full length album Have You Ever Done Something Evil?. Reactions have been incredible. A sincere thank you for listening! It's out in all the usual online outlets but the only place to get the CD, and the best way to get digital (especially if you like FLAC files) is Bandcamp. But hey, if you're on iTunes or Amazon anyway, think about leaving a review. It helps spread the word on the record.
Our California tour has wrapped, and it was phenomenal. Thank you for coming out! If you're a fan of comedy podcasts, you should really check out our episode of Impov4Humans which we recorded in Los Angeles at the Earwolf studios.
If you think we look a little beleaguered in these Earwolf studio pictures, there's a good reason. The night before that recording our van was smashed into while we played and they grabbed all of our personal belongings and a box of our CDs. We drove overnight to LA, halfway in a smashed in a van, the other half in a new rental, and I'm pretty sure I can't tell if I drove a leg of the trip or just dreamed I drove a leg of the trip, and that's not good. We arrived just in time to record the Improv4Humans episode. Thieves can't stop HtH (I've always said this, and I'll say it again, it will be an inside job that destroys this band)! We were very thankful that they didn't get our instruments, but we did have to improvise to find some respectable clothes to play the wedding of two lovely fans, scheduled for two days later. In a fevered, rushed trip to the Glendale Galleria, we all bought new clothes to last us the week. Walking into a Target and buying everything you need to be clothed and clean for the near future feels a little bit like entering the witness protection program. It's not ideal, but in the right circumstances, I highly recommend it. In the end, I think we ended up looking pretty sharp at that wedding.
More California stories and exciting band news soon!
UPDATE 5/5: Now you can stream the whole album, over at PopMatters!
UPDATE 5/1: New video! Spin has premiered "Do You Have Romantic Courage?"
UPDATE 4/23: Yet another new song! It's called "We Are What We Say We Are", and it's on Vice's Noisey blog.
UPDATE 4/16: Hear another new song, "Do You Have Romantic Courage?", on Guestlisted from The Boston Herald!
UPDATE 4/3: See the first video, for "I Stand Corrected", at The Line of Best Fit!
UPDATE 3/25: Hear the first single from our new album. It's called "Pick Up An Old Phone" and it just premiered on Stereogum!
Here we go! Today we announced the title of the album (as seen in the frightening subject line of this update), revealed the track listing, and showed off the album cover. That wasn't enough, though. We released the album's video trailer too, which marks the first bit of audio from the LP that we're leaking. Between now and May 13 when the album comes out, there will be a lot of fun stuff coming out to prepare you all for our catchiest, weirdest, and we think, best album.
We'll hit CA for the 2nd time ever this May. Some of those dates, along with our local CD release show, can be found on our calendar. Lots more soon. THANKS!
- Thank YOU for making the album we are about to make possible via your super-generosity during our Fall Kickstarter.
- We are about to go into the studio shortly, and you'll be hearing the finished album in May 2014. It's wholly unlike the other three but still sounds like us. Make sense? Hear a demo song over at BDCwire.
- Look for California and Northeast US tours this Spring. Contact us if you'd like to play with us or set up a show!
- A record for the longest song incubation period ever was recently set when the lost HtH song Highschoolvania was released. Written in 2002, recorded in 2006, released in 2014.
- We made some great videos this past summer. Also, don't miss this amusing history of the band that was assembled for the Kickstarter campaign.
- Ryan wrote a piece about The Spammer of Spotify and some guesses what the next music industry clusterfuck might be (and check out the follow-up conversation). He also, like last year, compiled his list of output for your enjoyment.