Hello Death with special guest Christopher Porterfield
Sat. May 10, 2014.  8:00 pm at Anodyne Walker’s Point 224 W. Bruce St. All Ages. $5 show!


Celebrate the release of the new video for the song “Settlers” with a viewing and a live show!  

Hello Death is making a stir in Milwaukee with their challenging harmonies and the raw beauty of their dark folk influenced songs. Comprised of members of local post-rock orchestra Group of the Altos, they bring engaging and emotive performances to every show.  Their new video for “Settlers” is a stunning meditation on life, death and the meanings we create to navigate and understand our lives.  Christopher Porterfield (Field Report) will start the evening with an intimate solo set.



From the future to the past here is the news.

Before the new year we will release a free download of our holiday song “On a Quiet Winter Night.”  This song will be relevant until at least the Vernal Equinox 2014 if not longer.

On December 7th we will play a show at Cactus Club with Twin Brother to celebrate the release of their new EP.  Also performing are friends Old Earth and Ghostnotes.

Shortly after writing a holiday song for the Journal Sentinel’s Holiday Soundcheck series (and only beating their submittal deadline by a matter of hours) we were chosen as one of four bands to perform our original song “on a quiet winter night” live in their studio for Tap Milwaukee.  Afterward we sat down for an interview with Piet Levy.  The video will be available for viewing on Wednesday, print will be out Thursday.

In early November with the help of many talented people we shot a video for “Settlers.”  We’ll be editing for several weeks and are planning a video release show in early spring 2014.  Here are some Photos.

Before all above and continuing into the present we are writing and practicing new material as we prepare for a full length release in 2014.  Please tell your friends and families about us.

Thanks for all the continued support,


Hello Death 


This is a big week for Hello Death.  Here is why.

Thursday, 500 records are scheduled to arrive in Milwaukee from the pressing plant in the Czech Republic.  That evening at 4pm we’ll play live on 88.9 Radio Milwaukee for 414 Music.  Later that evening at 10pm the film Heavy Hands (Dir. Sean Williamson) which features two Hello Death songs from our debut album will screen at Bryant Lake Bowl in Mpls.  

Friday evening we play a set at ACME Records with our friends Dryhouse Ruins.  This will be the first time our vinyl is available to the public and we will probably cry from the emotional release of having worked so hard and waited so long.

Saturday, more crying as we warm up the stage for our friends Volcano Choir at the Pabst Theater.  These will be tears of joy.

Thanks for all the love and support,

Hello Death



photo credit:  Erik Ljung

After Center Street Daze we’ll be taking the stage at Riverwest Public House with Okerlo and J. Fernandez (Chicago).  This show is only $5 and should start shortly after 9.  We’ll have Compact Discs available.  We hope to see you there.


We now have our album available on compact disc and digital download.  It was recorded mainly at April Base in Fall Creek, Wisconsin in the early spring of 2012.  It was an emotional affair putting to record songs we had been crafting for many months, songs that saw new light and new ideas as we were immersed in the process.  We shook out some dirty rugs.  We drank and ate for a village.  There were tears and some shaky hands, but mostly we were focused.  I believe we captured some of our own sadness, weariness, clarity, and triumph.

I hope you enjoy our effort.  I’m most thankful and indebted to all the great people who helped work on this album, and to all the people supporting us by coming to our shows and listening to our music.  We have many more songs to share.  Hopefully we’ll have vinyl available for our show at the Pabst Theater on September 28th, opening for our friends Volcano Choir.



Hello Death

Hello Death cold and love

Trying to stay warm on a cold spring day

photo by Erik Ljung Photography

We are quite excited to play our first Chicago show at The Hideout, arguably one of the finest venues to see and hear music in the city.  We’ll share the stage with friends Forgotten Species, and former bandmate Brent Puls.  Doors are at 8pm, show starts at 9pm and tickets are $10.  It’ll be great to see all your lovely faces, so please be there.


Photo credit: Erik Ljung


poster by Mark Goldstein



Through the whiskey glass stage


Saturday night was amazing thanks to all you lovely people who came out to join us.  Also thanks to Brute Heart, DJ Andy Noble and DJ Spero Lo Menzo.  Also thanks to whiskey and the people who served it to us.

We are taking a break from shows for a couple months to finish up our album and work on new songs and new arrangements.  Keep in touch with us on the facebook and the twitter and the instagram and right here.  More news soon.

Words from Cal Roach:
“Another place-to-be for Saturday night is Riverwest Public House, where you could catch some Altos moonlighting as Hello Death. This band’s forthcoming debut album is certainly one of the most anticipated local releases of the year, but you can check out the first video, for “Good Luck,” here if you need a preview. This is another group for whom you could say folk is the root, but the conventional connotations for that term don’t begin to describe the music. It actually should make for a perfect pairing with Minneapolis’s Brute Heart, whose music is similarly subtle, eclectic and haunting. Check out the band’s new album, Brute Heart’s Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, on Bandcamp. Also performing: DJ Andy Noble and DJ Spero Lo Menzo”


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