The following features a rich harvest of information, but here’s your TL;DR: We’ve been a band for ten years, new album this spring, pre-orders are heavily rewarded, there is a book being written about the band making this album, the author wants to talk to fans at November live shows.
OK? Let’s break that down.
We’re recording a new album this fall. It’s called Deluxer Mandatory. You can check out the track listing and the album cover below. I could describe what it sounds like, but has a band ever done that in a way that you found satisfying? Is it different from other albums but still somehow classically Hallelujah-The-Hills-esque? Yes, but music is ear stuff! You’ll need to understand it with your ears!
The Great Democratized Pre-Order!
For the past two albums we’ve covered recording and production costs with Kickstarters, and it’s been a small miracle for a band like us. But we also noticed that people who had more to spend got the more exclusive items, which is just the way things sometimes work, but not for this album, we’ve decided. We believe we can cover all recording/production costs just via regular ol' pre-sales. Until November 4th, anyone who pre-orders the album in any format will be entered into a raffle with individual prizes that have been valued up to $500. We’ll host a live-streamed raffle drawing in the spring where we’ll draw the winners and your prize will accompany your brand new HTH album. If just a fraction of fans who have bought an HTH album in the past decide to pre-order, this gamble will pay off. Let’s try it out! PRE-ORDER NOW!
All pre-orders automatically get:
- Your name in the liner notes
- Early access to the album
- Early access to a chapter of the book
- Two (2) test pressings of “Have You Ever Done Something Evil?” vinyl with original one of a kind collage on the front cover
- Two (2) test pressings of “Deluxer Mandatory” vinyl with original one of a kind collage on the front cover
- Five (5) signed copies of M. Jonathan Lee's book about the making of "Deluxer Mandatory"
- The actual mask worn by “Bear Boy” in the video for “We Are What We Say We Are”
- The original collage constructed for the cover of “Have You Ever Done Something Evil?”
- Handwritten lyrics to any HTH song (3)
- Acoustic show via Skype (3)
- 4 guestlist spots (use 1 ticket four times or four tickets 1 time, we don’t care!) any show, any city, never expires
- The Mystery USB Stick – what’s on this? None of your f'ing business yet
Deluxer Mandatory by Hallelujah The Hills:
- Spin Them Atoms
- The Dangers Are Doubled
- We Have The Perimeter Surrounded
- Lemonade Pop Rocks Candy Bar Ibogaine
- Lemme Map This Out
- Something’s Coming
- Hassle Magnet
- List Of People Who Disappeared Mysteriously
- Play It As It Loops
- The Anthology Of American Hold Music
- Realistic Birthday Music
- New Phone Who Dis
When we go to record the album this fall, we’re giving UK author M. Jonathan Lee complete access to the band and the recording process. Since we feel like we’re not a band who is “winding down their career,” which is when you might normally see a book like this come out, we found Mr. Lee’s idea of a book that captures us making this album and how we got here to be an interesting premise. Think of it like a documentary on paper. Here’s the author in his own words:
A year or so into becoming a fan of Hallelujah The Hills, I got into dialogue with Ryan Walsh over using some of the band’s lyrics in my second novel. From there we had numerous conversations and the idea came about to write a non-fiction piece about the new album they were planning on recording in November 2015, tentatively titled Deluxer Mandatory. I am really interested in how it is that five people work together in a room recording music on that particular day, at that moment in time. Thus, the book begins with the opening of the sessions but ultimately leads backward through time analyzing the choices each member made to ultimately lead to them writing, playing and recording Deluxer Mandatory. As much a biography as a journey, I want it to appeal to any music fan whether they are aware of HTH or not. The title? TBA. Get Me In A Room.
Mr. Lee will be at both of the shows listed below, and he is interested in talking to fans (and enemies) of the band. We hope you’ll get a chance to speak with him! The book will be published by Solopreneur Publishing based in West Yorkshire, UK. Lastly, yes, we told him multiple times we are not famous.
The Live Shows
On sale now!
Friday November 13 @ Cuisine en Locale, Somerville, MA w/ Landlady, Eternals. TIX
Saturday November 14 @ Bowery Electric, New York, NY w/ Wilder Maker, Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls. TIX
Our album release show in the spring will take place in Boston, likely a two night celebration with several former band members joining us on stage to salute the discography.
To make a long story short: we’re in a great mood, we love making music, and we’re about to make more of it. Thank you for listening and doing this with us, friends!
Brian, Joe, Nick, Ryan, and Ryan
Hey friends. We have lots going on!
- We debuted a brand new video on Stereogum featuring a new social-media-technology that goes disasterously wrong when the band tries to harness it for selfish purposes.
- We leaked a demo of a new song that may or may not be part of a bunch of new songs that we are working for a new album.
- With the limited pressing of the ‘Evil’ vinyl starting to dwindle, we’ve made the Juvenile Oratorios bonus EP live as a download on the Bandcamp page.
- Ryan released “Astral Sojourn” — an article that drills down into the secret-Boston-origin of Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks” in the latest issue of Boston Magazine.
- Nicholas released his first EP under the name The Furniture. It’s great! Take a listen.
- Five years ago Titus Andronicus released “The Monitor.” Did you know that HTH recorded trumpet, string-parts, piano and vocals all over that wonderful record? Some recollections of the recording process can be found over on Ryan’s Tumblr.
Oh, and as always, check to see if we’re coming to your town any time soon!
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!