tthm_HELENHardcarIINatalieHoward_1Another week, another supergroup – and this time it’s one we have particularly high expectations of because the band in question, called “Helen”, features members of firm favourites Grouper and Eternal amongst others. Even more excitingly, Helen have a debut album as good as “in the can” with an Autumn release date already pencilled it.

Formed of Liz Harris (vocals / lead guitar), Jed Bindeman (drums / tambourine), Scott Simmons (bass / guitar), and Helen (back up vocals), the band was originally started with the intention of being a thrash band. The album, titled Original Faces, was recorded over a period of several years in Portland by the band members, alongside their friends Nick, Chris and, largely, Justin Higgins. The record was written together, with some songs based on Liz and Scottʼs demos.

Due to be released on 4th September via kranky, you can check out the first track off the album after the trackless:

1. Ryder
2. Motorcycle
3. Covered in shade
4. Felt this way
5. Pass me by
6. Right outside
7. Allison
8. Dying all the time
9. Grace
10. City breathing
11. Violet

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


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