The Helio Sequence
|The Helio Sequence|
|Origin||Beaverton, Oregon, United States|
|Labels||Sub Pop, Cavity Search|
|Associated acts||Modest Mouse|
The band has released three albums on Sub Pop, two on the Portland-based label Cavity Search and a self-released EP. Their fifth album, entitled Negotiations, was released on September 11, 2012, on Sub Pop.
The Helio Sequence toured with the British band Keane through the United States in 2009, and in June 2010, they were Keane's support act in several gigs through Great Britain during the British band's Night Train Tour. In September 2013, they began a United States tour co-headlining with Menomena.
For their 2015 self-titled album The Helio Sequence, the band revamped the process in which they created their music. They wrote 26 songs, which they sent to friends. They then asked their friends to list their favorite ten songs and by the end of June 2014, arrived at the list of ten songs that they chose for the album. The album received generally favorable reviews, with Eric Swedlund of Paste Magazine calling it a "career-defining album". Others, such as Adam Kivel of Consequence of Sound claimed that "it’s [the album] a reset of the odometer rather than a definitive statement of destination." They announced a tour in support of the album, beginning on April 14, 2015 in Portland and winding up on June 27, 2015 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Summers is responsible for the lyrics, lead vocals, guitar, and shares production credits with Weikel. Prior to the release of their 2008 album Keep Your Eyes Ahead, Summers lost his voice, but he regained it before their newest release. The band's sound evolved on Keep Your Eyes Ahead, due in part to Summers damaging his vocal cords and then relearning to sing. On prior albums he can be heard also playing the harmonica on several tracks from their 2004 release, Love and Distance.
Benjamin Weikel grew up in Beaverton, Oregon, where he worked with Summers at the local music store. As well as playing drums and keyboard for The Helio Sequence, and taking part in production, Weikel also recorded with the band Modest Mouse, drumming on their platinum-selling record Good News for People Who Love Bad News, and later their record No One's First, and You're Next in 2009. This led to the The Helio Sequence and Modest Mouse touring together at one point. He also recorded with Ramona Falls for their 2009 album Intuit.
- Accelerated Slow Motion Cinema (EP) (1999)
- Com Plex (2000)
- Young Effectuals (2001)
- Love and Distance (2004)
- Keep Your Eyes Ahead (2008)
- Heliomena "Converter" (split 7" with Menomena) (2010)
- Negotiations (2012)
- The Helio Sequence (2015)
- Jarman, Casey (4 September 2012). "Old Boys' Club: Shiny new Portland makes Menomena and the Helio Sequence feel very old". Willemette Week. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- "The Helio Sequence: A Certain Ratio". Magnet Magazine. 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- "The Helio Sequence". subpop.com. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- "The Helio Sequence". metacritic.com. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- Swedlund, Eric (19 May 2015). "The Helio Sequence: The Helio Sequence Review". Paste. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- Kivel, Adam (21 May 2015). "The Helio Sequence – The Helio Sequence". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- Nagurney, E. (13 April 2015). "The Helio Sequence announce run of US dates, fascinating this nation's mathematicians". tinymixtapes.com. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- DeVaney, Scott. "Introducing The Helio Sequence". The Wave. The Wave Media. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2007.
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- "Benjamin Weikel". allmusic.com. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- The Helio Sequence page at Sub Pop
- 2007 The Helio Sequence interview at Bandega.com
- Official Modest Mouse Website
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