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Hello Evening Self Titled Album

January 16th, 2012 § 0 comments

My friends Kevin and Nisan of the band Hello Evening have made another record and I was privileged enough to be apart of it.  I have a deep respect for the recording process and am honored any time a band lets me share in the process.  I am inspired by the creative process, and it is something I love to document. The amount of effort that goes into making a record I think is under appreciated by most listeners.

I was able to take some photos and put together some video teasers for the release. I also worked with the band on the media for the record, so I encoruage you to go download the album, it’s free.
http://helloevening.bandcamp.com/

More reflections on the album and photos after the jump.

I have followed the progression of Hello Evening’s music for over 5 years now, and this is by far their strongest work yet.  There is a maturity of sound and emotional vulnerability unparalleled in earlier works or in the music of their contemporaries. The idea that in California, music can still be made without concern of fashion, image, scene or style is inspiring. (Although this record contains some of those elements anyway.) They revel in the creative process, and the gift of sharing it with friends and family is more than enough for them (or at least I romanticize that it is.)

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Vocalist/Guitar player Nisan Perera once revealed to me his “dreams of grandeur,” taking music as far as he could and trying to make it in the industry. On Weeping Willow, he sings, “People I once loved we used to laugh because in the future we were all going to be someone.’ A part of this record may be about when his dreams met his future, and how sometimes both are not what you thought they were.

Through each record, these guys have only gotten better and have figured each other out in new ways. They’ve been making music together for close to 10 years — usually the point where people go their separate ways or end the band in an explosive argument, expressing pent-up emotions stored for a decade. Instead these guys made their best record yet.
Multi instrumentalist/percussionist Kevin Yoches once told me if he only just kept giving himself to music that it couldn’t stop. The rhythm that was evolving in his life was propelled by creating music, and now
this record is the band anew, a fresh take on a relationship that has never gone stale.

On this outing, they have explored both the depths of their own sound and their hearts to create their most significant work to date. Nisan’s lyrics shed light into the corners of an already open heart, while Kevin’s production skills have elevated out of their humble beginnings in a pool house and into his own studio. The confidence displayed behind the instrumentation of this record is amazing. They allowed each song to take them on a journey, they gave each song permission to write itself. – it’s no coincidence that this is their most collaborative effort to date. Bringing in a slew of talented and professional session players to fill each track gave Kevin and Nisan the ability to listen to their ideas manifest through other peoples instruments.

The way these two work is how I’d like to imagine the Coen brothers make a movie. Both are writing, directing and producing simultaneously, although with slightly different scripts. They speak in silent nods, hand motions and bolstered laughter. They don’t conflict, at least if they do, they won’t let you see it and surely won’t let it jeopardize the music. They respect the process of making a record far beyond any musician I have ever met. Their selflessness is what propels the sessions. They wouldn’t let anything get in the way of finishing an album or allow something to shelve a selection of perfectly good music. Their drive for music is some of the deepest I have ever seen. Through their willingness to dive deep to create, they have made their best record yet.

There may be no drama, not too many girls, plenty of booze and only a handful of drugs, but they’ve concocted a perfect mix to create a modern rock record that fits nowhere on the modern charts but sits perfectly in my collection.
Thanks Guys.

http://www.helloevening.com/

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