We are honored to join an amazing cross-section of Milwaukee musicians to pay homage to one of rock’s greats for Smith Uncovered. A re-interpretation of the songs of Patti Smith at Alverno College Pitman Theatre, curated by the ever talented Betty Blexrud-Strigens.
It’s been difficult to take Patti Smith out of her songs. They have such immense heartbeats, and are so unique to her, that we risked killing the patient on the table. As we rehearsed, we were humbled again and again, trying to know what each song means to us, and sounds like with us as vehicles.
It struck me at one point that Smith, unlike other rockers, is in part amazing because the type of destruction she brings is always a seed. She’s a tree root cracking the sidewalk or a forest fire. She never seems snide or exclusive when she points her finger at authority to try to figure out where to go next.
With this in mind, I think we’ve finally reached a point where our voices are the ones speaking and Patti Smith is the inspiration and the guide. I believe this will be true for the audience as well and I hope you can join us.
Our labor of love made the cut for the Cream City Cinema Milwaukee Show at the MFF for 2014. We are grateful for all the help we received while undertaking this project and we are incredibly proud of the result. We’ll announce date and times for the screening as soon as we know.
Hello Death is pleased to share a stage again with our Eau Claire friends Adelyn Rose. If you missed them last time they came to town here is your chance for redemption. Also playing are the lovely Softly, Dear.
Thanks to everyone who came out for our video release show. We had about one hundred fifty people show up and it was a real honor to play to such an attentive crowd and share a stage with Christopher Porterfield.
In a couple of weeks we get to share a stage with another heartbreaker by the name of Haley Bonar. If you haven’t heard her please check out her new album and then come on out to Cactus Club. Jeff Mitchell (formerly of Field Report) will be opening up with a solo performance and I can’t say enough good things about his adept guitar work, emotive voice and stage presence. We hope to see you there.
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,