Posts Tagged ‘The New Highway Hymnal’

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Back in January the album “Reverb Room” by The New Highway Hymnal was released “The nine-track disc rolls out high-energy, warm guitar-pop chords that dip into fun-loving surf-rock and frequently fuzzes into shoegaze territory.”  Obviously, our ties to the Massachusetts rock band runs deep. Vanya Records released both their Blackened Hands 7-inch (2011) and Whispers LP (2012) before our relaunch as a music news website, and we’ve done bat shit crazy things together like driving a prison bus to SXSW in Austin Texas with fellow Vanya homies Bearstronaut and witnessing them perform as the Stooges at one of the Pill Halloween shows. Like their swirl of noise and feedback that marked the end of teach of their live shows, the stories are seemingly endless.

Tonight, our beloved Hymnal self-release Reverb Room on a bill with Vundabar, Televibes, and Andy California, and we couldn’t be prouder. This band helped establish the Vanya name in Boston, and for that we love them like brothers and sisters. Get the dice, bring singles, leave your mind at home.

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 The New Highway Hymnal turned a number of new heads with their closing set at the Allston DIY Fest, a quintessential event for the young Boston music community. By now, the band has released one album 2012’s “Whispers,” and one EP, evolving from basement psych to trying their hand at more shoegazey realms, and will continued their summer festival tradition at the helm of Fuzzstival 2014. The band released a new single, “Television,” once again going for a new spin on their signature reverby sound. The tune is a positive reflection of the addition of new guitarist Charlie Northern (also of TeleVibes). Not only does it gain another full-bodied dimension, pushing the gazy aesthetic even further, but the band sounds more vibrant than ever, adding a more melodic, almost surfy feel, and allowing its calamitous sound to be tamed by oohs and whistles. It’s a promising sign of what is to come for NHH.