|Genres||Indie rock, electronic, art rock, folk|
|Past members||Paul Giese|
Hundred Waters is an American band formed in Gainesville, Florida in October 2011, composed of Nicole Miglis (vocals, piano, flute), Trayer Tryon (production, electronics, bass) and Zach Tetreault (drums, percussion, trumpet). The group came to prominence in 2012 with the release of their first self-titled album and an unexpected partnership with Skrillex's predominantly electronic OWSLA record label. Hundred Waters wrote and produced most of their second album, The Moon Rang Like a Bell, while on tour with alt-J, The xx, Julia Holter and others; it was released on May 27, 2014.
- Nicole Miglis - vocals, piano, flute
- Trayer Tryon - production, electronics, bass
- Zach Tetreault - drums, percussion, trumpet
Formation and early years
Hundred Waters members Trayer Tryon, Paul Giese, and Zach Tetreault became friends and musical collaborators while attending middle school together in Orlando, Florida. Their personal and musical ties continued from high school to college at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida where they shared a home together. During this period, the trio performed under several different projects and organized local shows in their backyard. Tryon released two solo albums and original artwork on Porter Records between 2010 and 2011 featuring contributions from Zach and Paul.
Tetreault befriended Nicole Miglis after he attended her convocation performance at the University of Florida's School of Music. Miglis, raised in Melbourne, Florida, was encouraged in her educational and musical pursuits from an early age. She has described her childhood self as quiet and introspective, often spending hours playing her family's piano. She started songwriting at a young age but did not receive vocal training. Leading up to the formation of Hundred Waters, Nicole earned a degree in piano performance at University of Florida while performing globally as a concert pianist. Miglis self-released a solo EP in March 2012 containing a collection of songs she wrote from 2008 to 2010.
In 2011, Miglis moved into the house Tetreault, Giese, and Tryon had been living and collaborating in since moving to Gainesville. Miglis began dating Tryon, and would later discover that the house was formerly a karate dojo where her parents had first met as aspiring martial artists. During this time, the four were backing fellow Gainesville musician and friend David Levesque's live sets during early tours for his project Levek. After returning home from a tour with Levek, Hundred Waters and their eponymous debut album began to take shape over the summer of 2011. Despite working day jobs and attending classes, the roommates convened at night to listen and discuss developing songs together.
Hundred Waters (Album)
Hundred Waters first album, Hundred Waters, was first released by independent label, Elestial Sound on February 29, 2012. Elestial also provided them with a vegetable-oil powered school bus used as transportation on their first US tour and SXSW performance during Spring of 2012.
The album's initial release on Elestial Sound was well received by critics, with Pitchfork giving it an 8.1/10 rating, praising it for its “unapologetic, real-time virtuosity, compositional refinement, and vision."
Following the album's release the band was invited to take part on Skrillex's Full Flex Express Canadian Train Tour, which featured Skrillex, Diplo, Grimes, and Pretty Lights. Upon returning, the band signed a record deal with OWSLA in August 2012 releasing a remix EP for Thistle featuring remixes from Araabmuzik, Star Slinger and others. One month later on September 25, 2012 OWSLA rereleased Hundred Waters' self-titled album, this time reaching a larger and more diverse audience.
Following the OWSLA re-release, Hundred Waters debuted in the Top 50 on the CMJ 200 radio charts, resulting in a growing fanbase among college-aged listeners and inclusion in Spin Magazine’s 25 Must-See Acts at CMJ 2012. Stereogum included Hundred Waters in their 40 Best New Bands of 2012 and Top 10 Sets of CMJ 2012, stating, “Their arpeggios are classical, their sense of drama and space and volume is post-rock, their time signatures are prog, their delicate and interweaving vocal harmonies are choral. Live their beats were fat, with pockets deep enough to allure the hip-hop heads filtering in and out of whatever room I was watching them in.”
Hundred Waters toured their first album extensively throughout 2012 to 2013, playing over 200 shows including direct support domestically and internationally for Alt-J and The xx. They also co-headlined a US tour with Julia Holter. The New York Times described Hundred Waters live performance as “a watercolor wash of possibilities, a suspension of time, an embrace of textural experiment and open-ended expectations.”
The Moon Rang Like a Bell
The Moon Rang Like a Bell was written and recorded over three years, with the band composing and producing over 60 songs in the process. Tryon said, “We made a lot of music over the last 3 years. There are about 60 songs, in a few separate groups. One of those groups is much more organic, pretty much acoustic. This one, The Moon Rang Like a Bell, covers the biggest range emotionally and is probably the most argumentative. It had the greatest attraction for us to finish, so we did.”
The Moon Rang Like a Bell was primarily written in Hundred Waters van while touring their first record. It was inspired by being on the road for long periods of time and being in remote locales, downtown Los Angeles and their home of Gainesville. When the band finished an American and Canadian tour with The xx, Tetreault and Giese moved into The Nest, an OWSLA-owned warehouse in Los Angeles’ Chinatown where they continued to finish the record. Miglis and Tryon rented a cabin two hours North of Los Angeles where they lived, wrote and recorded. All members returned to their management company's Downtown Los Angeles’ headquarters to record vocals and mix the album, continuing to experiment with unconventional production techniques. Tryon said, “Paul went out with big speakers on Skid Row at like 3:30 a.m. We went up on the roof with microphones and set off the building alarm, and the cops came—that’s the alarm that you hear on Murmurs." Likewise Broken Blue was recorded via a Skype call between Miglis and Tryon. The poor wireless internet reception broke up to the audio of a piano, which the band kept on the album.
The first two singles Down From The Rafters and Cavity were both awarded Pitchfork's Best New Music designation and the latter premiered on NPR alongside a video directed by acclaimed experimental filmmaker, Michael Langan. NPR commentator Jacob Ganz called the album's first singles “dense” and “hypnotic”.
Several days before the release of The Moon Rang Like a Bell, Hundred Waters and their management company, Family, produced FORM: Arcosanti, a music festival held at Arcosanti an experimental town and molten bronze bell casting community founded in 1970 by Italian architect Paolo Soleri in central Arizona. The band had previously stayed at the facility; Giese had studied the town while earning a master's degree in architecture at University of Florida. The festival was meant for the friends, family and residents of the Arcosanti community, but it became a three-day event celebrating the May 27th release of The Moon Rang Like a Bell. Performers included Majical Cloudz, How To Dress Well, ESKMO, Kodak To Graph, Julie Byrne, Suno Deko, Alvin Risk and others.
Reception to the album was positive. Pitchfork gave the album 8.3 out of 10 and a Best New Music pick, calling it a “refinement” to their debut. Rolling Stone gave the album a 3.5 out of 5. It peaked at No. 18 on CMJ's Top 200 chart, leading to in-studio performances including an on-air interview and performance at Seattle's KEXP. BitTorrent also released a BitTorrent Bundle for the album featuring a selection of the songs and bonus materials which has been downloaded 984,000 times.
The band performed The Moon Rang Like a Bell live, headlining a tour with Mas Ysa, GEMS, and Pure Bathing Culture from June to July 2014. It was also for the Pitchfork Music Festival, performing to a live and online live-streaming audience on July 18, 2014.
Following their US tour dates, Hundred Waters began a European headline tour. On July 14, 2014 Hundred Waters and Interpol announced that they would be touring the United States and Canada together during Fall 2014.
|Hundred Waters LP||
|Boreal Remix EP||
|The Moon Rang Like A Bell LP||
|Down From The Rafters Remixes EP||
|The Moon Rang Like A Bell Remixed||
|Forgive Me For Giving Up||
|Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix)||
|Wave To Anchor||
|"Haven"||Neil Davidge||October 22, 2012||Microsoft Studios|
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