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Origin Mesa, Arizona, United States
Years active 1991 (1991)–present
Labels Projekt
  • Bret Helm
  • Bart Helm
  • J. DeWolfe

Audra is an Arizona-based band formed in 1991 in Mesa, Arizona by brothers Bret and Bart Helm.


Audra broke out onto the national scene in 2000 when they signed with indie label Projekt Records. After two well-received albums and over 300 live performances, the band decided to leave Projekt and go back to the DIY approach that started their career in the 1990s.

The band gained the attention of Davey Havok, lead singer of AFI, who chose Audra’s Going to the Theatre (2002) as one of his top 10 albums of the year. The next year, Alternative Press magazine selected Audra as one of the top 10 bands on the scene. Eleven songs from their first two albums were featured throughout three seasons of MTV’s The Real World and several independent films.

On May 19, 2009, Audra released Everything Changes, their first album in seven years. It was recorded in Tempe, Arizona at Uranus Recording (owned by Robin Wilson, lead singer of Gin Blossoms, and produced by Robb Vallier (Dave Stewart, Paul McCartney, Wailing Souls, Peter Murphy).

Audra was added to a couple of dates on the Nitzer Ebb tour at the end of 2009 and opened for AFI on January 30, 2010.

Bret Helm is also known for his blog, "Life on This Planet", and its accompanying YouTube channel, "Bret Helm's Life on This Planet Blog". The name for his blog is taken from a song off Audra's third studio album, Everything Changes.[1][2]



  • Audra (2000)
  • Going to the Theatre (2002)
  • Everything Changes (2009)


  • "Midnight Moon Swing" (2002)
  • "Let the Reindeer Live on My Roof" digital single (2010)


  • Orphee - Projekt Records (2000)
  • Within This Infinite Ocean - Projekt Records (2001)
  • Excelsis 3: A Prelude - Projekt Records (2001)
  • Excelsis Box Set - Projekt Records (2001)
  • Kiss the Night - Cleopatra Records (2002)
  • A Dark Noel - Projekt Records (2002)
  • Projekt: Gothic - Projekt Records (2002)
  • Romantic Sounds 4 - Zillo Magazine (2002)
  • Unquiet Grave Vol. 4 - Cleopatra Records (2003)
  • Dark Awakening Vol. 3 - Cop International (2003)
  • The Tongue Achieves the Dialect: Tribute to Rozz Williams - Dark Vinyl (2003)
  • The New Face of Goth - Projekt Records (2003))
  • Love’s Shattered Pride: Tribute to Joy Division - Failure to Communicate Records (2005)
  • A Dark Cabaret – Cabaret Fortune Teller - Projekt Records (2005)


  1. ^ Helm, Bret. "Life On This Planet". Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  2. ^ Helm, Bret. "Bret Helm's Life On This Planet Blog". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 

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