Helms Alee premiere new track via Noisey, announce shows with Russian Circles

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Helms Alee has released another new song from their upcoming album Sleepwalking Sailors, which will be out on February 11th via Sargent House. The group will be heading out on tour with Russian Circles in March. Check out the track “Pleasure Center” below, which premiered on Noisey last week. I like this one even better than the previously released “Tumescence” and am really excited to hear the rest of what this album has to offer.

Seattle trio Helms Alee premiere the second track from the forthcoming Sargent House debut today via Noisey. The tune, “Pleasure Center” is culled from the album Sleepwalking Sailors, which will be released on February 11th. Listen on Noisey or Soundcloud.

Helms Alee also take to the road with label mates Russian Circles in March. Please see complete dates below.

The band previously premiered the first song from the album, “Tumescence” via Pitchfork. Listen on Pitchfork or Soundcloud.

Helms Alee’s music is exactly the sort of mutant, fantastic hybrid that used to only occasionally erupt out of small, isolated scenes, uninformed by trends of the day – instead inspired by the band’s own collective contributions. The Seattle trio’s unique amalgam of metal, art rock, pop and punk is charmingly reminiscent of the fertile creativity that groups once had before the Internet seemed to instruct bands to only copy one another. Helms Alee’s third album, Sleepwalking Sailors sounds like many styles combined into one, and none of it concerned with any notion other than creating vital, urgent and uniquely characteristic music.

Bassist/vocalist Dana James, drummer/vocalist Hozoji Matheson-Margullis and guitarist/vocalist Ben Verellen combine a vast array of ideas within a single song, while still sounding entirely cohesive. Their songs are undeniably heavy, but also freely roaming through icy post-punk and warm melodic haze at any given moment. Any given song can be pummeling one moment and then subtly shift into triply harmonies without the listener even realizing what has happened.

Album opener “Pleasure Center” kicks off with churning riffs and staccato drums that repeat and morph in a constant build that’s equal parts Gang Of Four as it is early Soundgarden. The slithering and perfectly meshed distorted rattle of James’ bass with Verellen’s climbing, chiming single notes on “Tumescence” lead off with Neurosis style heft, but soon give way to compelling minor-key vocal harmonies laid over the proceedings. Elsewhere, James’ and Matheson-Margullis’ even more pop-hook leaning vocal harmonies lend a transcendence to the proceedings. “Pinniped” pits near chamber-pop group vocal harmonies against screaming, wailing guitar blasts and thumping tom drum beats. Throughout the album, Helms Alee prove that their unique creative spark is its greatest asset in creating incisive and insightful music.

Sleepwalking Sailors will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on February 11th, 2014 via Sargent House.



02/01 Seattle, WA @ Neumos (w/ Sandrider, Survival Knife)

03/04 Seattle, WA @ Neumos *

03/05 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *

03/07 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *

03/09 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *

03/10 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre *

03/12 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom *

03/13 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *

03/14 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory *

03/15 Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar *

03/16 Chicago, IL @ Metro *

* w/ Russian Circles, KEN Mode


Artist: Helms Alee

Album: Sleepwalking Sailors

Label: Sargent House

Release date: February 11th, 2014


Track list:

01. Pleasure Center (STREAM)

02. Tumescence (STREAM)

03. Pinniped

04. Dangling Modifiers

05. Heavy Worm Burden

06. Crystal Gale

07. New West

08. Fetus. Carcass.

09. Slow Beef

10. Animatronic Bionic

11. Dodge The Lightning


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Follow Helms Alee on Twitter: @HelmsAleeMusic

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