Whoa! WHOA, Greater Boston Area! You have seriously got to stop rocking so much! These shows are piling up faster than I can write about them. Since things are only about to get crazier with a slew of legit legends (Wanda Jackson, Motorhead, Jonathan Richman, The Pogues etc.) about to hit town in the next month, I figured now might be my best chance to tell you about some of the awesome shit that’s already gone down this year. And so, all this week, we will be taking a look back at the first 11 shows I’ve hit in 2011.
Hallelujah the Hills – January 18 @ T.T. The Bear’s Place
My fourth show of 2011 was also my first of what would end up being several hundred visits to T.T. the Bear’s over the next four weeks (if they’re trying to corner the market on dudes who are too broke to buy drinks, they are making some ingenious booking decisions). I only got there in time to see Hallelujah The Hills, but the show also featured routines from fellow Boston band Nowhere Lights and New Yorkers The Capstan Shafts.
Any indie rockers worth their eyeglass frames must boast some degree of “pop sensibilities,” so I guess it’s unavoidable that much of the props directed at Hallelujah The Hills are for their lyrical couplets and exquisitely choreographed music videos. And while finding ways to slip words like “documentarian” or “filibuster” into pop songs without sapping their catchiness is a neat party trick, let us not forget that HTH’s tunes can stand on their own, even when you’re too drunk or ign’ant to appreciate Ryan Walsh’s sparkling word play. They’re as hookish as they are bookish, and they have a great sense of when and where to let those cellos, trumpets, moogs and melodicas make their mark on a song. Being so multitudinous allows them to give a lot of different looks (I mean, “hears?”), and makes for quite a sight as the seven of them clamor about during their rowdier displays.
Hallelujah The Hills – “Blank Passport”
‘Jah Hills have reportedly raised enough money through donations and pre-sales to record their upcoming full length without label support. I’m not sure if this means they have raised enough to release said album upon completion, but if not, I’m sure they will let you hang out and listen to it if you ask politely. What? You’re just waiting for them to make another dance video? …whatever, bro.