Hallelujah the Hills

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Hallelujah the Hills
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Indie rock
Indie pop
Years active 2005 -
Labels Misra Records
Discrete Pageantry Records
Associated acts The Stairs, Titus Andronicus, Silver Jews, Ho-Ag
Website Official website
Members Ryan Walsh
Ryan Connelly
Brian Rutledge
Joseph Marrett
Nicholas Ward
Past members Eric Meyer
David Bentley
Elio DeLuca
Matt Brown
Dave Bryson

Hallelujah the Hills (band) is an American indie rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, formed in 2005 by Ryan Walsh. They have been hailed by the Boston Phoenix as "one of Boston's most prized pop possessions",[1] received a 3 1/2 star review for their debut in Rolling Stone Magazine, and have been praised by Pitchfork Media as having "vivid lyrics," and a "knack for crafting fist-pumping anthems."[2]

The band was signed to Misra Records in 2006 on which they released their first two full length albums.[3] They have toured with the Silver Jews,[4] co-written a song with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, collaborated with author Jonathan Lethem,[5] and have had a live performance interrupted by Chevy Chase.

In 2009, the band helped arrange and record the Titus Andronicus album The Monitor.[6] All trumpet, cello, keyboards, and piano tracks for the album were recorded with Hallelujah the Hills in Boston in August 2009. Walsh sings backing vocals on "A More Perfect Union" and "Titus Andronicus Forever". After the album's release, the two bands toured together with Hallelujah the Hills opening, and then joining Titus Andronicus halfway through their set to form a large band that recreated the album's arrangements.[7] During the Titus Andronicus after-party show for 2010's Pitchfork Festival, Hallelujah the Hills singer Ryan Walsh took on Jenn Wasner's vocal part to perform the Titus duet "To Old Friends And New".[8]

Hallelujah The Hills' third full-length album No One Knows What Happens Next was funded by a successful Kickstarter project[9] and was declared "a daring move" by Prefix Magazine[10] for its stripped down arrangements and crisp production. It was called a "gorgeous start-to-finish listen" by The Weekly Dig.[11] Shortly after recording sessions for No One Knows What Happens Next ended, Walsh wrote a large feature for The Phoenix in which he admitted to being the ringleader behind the 2008 file-sharing hoax, "The Overdub Tampering Committee"[12] Later that year, he created a crowd-sourced collage song involving hundreds of contributors[13] and directed a video for Marissa Nadler's song "The Wrecking Ball Company.""[14] In the fall of 2012, Walsh ended his 12 years of employment with The American Repertory Theater and turned his final day of work into the video for "Call Off Your Horses" which premiered on MTVhive.[15]

In May 2013 the band released a collection of b-sides, non-album tracks, and rarities entitled Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Trashcan. In a 2013 Boston Herald profile, the band was singled out for their recent turn of writing about writing. "It takes genius to write a great song about writing a song. So how is it Hallelujah The Hills has done it twice in two years?" [16]

In December 2013, Walsh underwent a tonsillectomy and a procedure on his septum only a month and a half before recording their fourth full length album. Recorded at 1809 Studios in Macedon, New York, the band finished the complete record in 5 days. In a blog entry posted during the sessions, Walsh hinted that the album had some connection to The Fox Sisters who are regularly credited as being the accidental inventors of the Spiritualist movement in America in the late 1800's.[17] The band recently announced the album will be titled Have You Ever Done Something Evil? to be released on May 13, 2014. Music Blogger Captain's Dead commented on the advance press copy that it was his already "favorite album of the year."[18] The first single premiered on Stereogum[19] and the video for "I Stand Corrected" debuted on The Line of Best Fit[20] which provided a tour of Boston Rock and Roll landmarks all of which turned out to be completely made up.[21] Evil's first single "Pick Up An Old Phone" was BBC Radio6's song of the day in April 2014.[22]

Members[edit]

  • Ryan Walsh - guitar, lead vocals, samples
  • Nicholas Ward - bass, vocals
  • Brian Rutledge - trumpet, trombone, vocals
  • Joseph Marrett - guitar, banjo, cuatro, tambo, percussion, vocals
  • Ryan Connelly - drums

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Collective Psychosis Begone (2007, Misra)
  • Colonial Drones (2009, Misra)
  • No One Knows What Happens Next (2012, Discrete Pageantry)
  • Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Trashcan (2013, Discrete Pageantry)
  • Have You Ever Done Something Evil? (2014, Discrete Pageantry)

EPs[edit]

  • Prepare to Qualify EP (2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On a roll". The Boston Phoenix. 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Collective Psychosis Begone review". Pitchfork. 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  3. ^ "Hallelujah the Hills - Misra Records". Misra Records. 
  4. ^ "Lookout London - Here Come The Jews". LondonTourdates #022. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  5. ^ "Download This Now: Hallelujah the Hills, "Monster Eyes"". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  6. ^ "Titus Andronicus reveal Civil War-themed second album". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  7. ^ "Show Review: Titus Andronicus, Hallelujah The Hills". CT Indie. 
  8. ^ "To Old Friends And New". YouTube. 
  9. ^ "Marissa Nadler, Hallelujah the Hills, Mekons Movie Seek Fan Donations Through Kickstarter". Pitchfork. 
  10. ^ "Hallelujah the Hills No One Knows What Happens Next". Prefix Magazine. 
  11. ^ "Hallelujah the Hills No One Knows What Happens Next". The Weekly Dig. 
  12. ^ "The Overdub Tampering Committee". The Phoenix. 
  13. ^ "Hallelujah The Hills’ Ryan Walsh Releases His Crowd-Composed Song". Tiny Work. 
  14. ^ "Exclusive Premiere: Marissa Nadler "The Wrecking Ball Company"". IFC. 
  15. ^ "Watch Hallelujah the Hills’ "Call Off Your Horses" Video". MTVHive. 
  16. ^ "Hallelujah the Hills On Write Track". The Boston Herald. 
  17. ^ "An Update From The Studio". Facebook. 
  18. ^ "hallelujah the hills "i stand corrected" – video". Captain's Dead. 
  19. ^ "Hallelujah The Hills – "Pick Up An Old Phone" (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. 
  20. ^ "Watch: Hallelujah The Hills – "I Stand Corrected" [Premiere]". The Line of Best Fit. 
  21. ^ "Aerosmith Tunnel: Hallelujah The Hills’ new video for ‘I Stand Corrected’ is the greatest Boston rock history lesson ever". Vanyaland. 
  22. ^ "MPFree: Hallelujah The Hills – Pick Up An Old Phone". BBC.