album review: the helio sequence:: keep your eyes::: subpop
  • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008

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Brandon Summers has had to endure a lot. Following the critical success of The Helio Sequence's third album and Sub Pop premiere Love and Distance, the wear and tear of touring alongside such indie super groups as Blonde Redhead, Modest Mouse, and Kings of Leon, made Summers crack. Literally. The vocalist, half of the dreamy duo, suffered severe damage to his vocal folds, so much so that the fate of Summer's speaking ability, let alone that of the band, came into question. At first, the performer did what any super-cool, super-tortured artist would in his position: drink. A lot. With his guitar gathering dust in the corner, Summers sought the company of two warm gents named Jack (Daniels) and Jim (Beam). Chalk it up to label pressures, band mate Benjamin Weikel's threats of violence or even the unwanted liquor chub, but the singer/guitarist has finally pulled himself out of this self-[dis]satisfied stupor, and is back with a profound new sound on the recent release Keep Your Eyes Ahead (SubPop). KEEP READING - Megan Diamondstein
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MP3: The Helio Sequence:: “Keep Your Eyes Ahead” from Keep Your Eyes Ahead
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