Meet The Halamays! The married duo, currently based out of Columbus, Ohio, is Katie and Patrick. Embracing the DIY aesthetic, the pair record pop songs — ranging in topic from TV shows to their pets— in their own makeshift home studio. With a new addition to The Halamays family, the duo is now juggling parenthood on top of writing and recording music together. The Halamays are the marriage of the resolute and the irrefutably cute.
The three-track name-your-price download includes band photos and an exclusive interview with Katie and Pat.
… if I had to put my money on any Chicago band to succeed in the traditional sense of mainstream success, believe it or not, it’d be [The Halamays]. They deserve credit for crafting catchy pop songs that are, with the right promotion, radio ready and, most important, worthy. — Loud Loop Press
… pretty pop music that hooks you in and won’t let go until the last song …. I’ve actually tried to review this EP twice now, but have failed because I just want to squeal ‘It’s so effin awesome!’ and that’s it. — One Kind Radio
Physical copies of “Staysail” by Two If By Sea are still available. You can order them directly from the band’s Etsy page!
Two If By Sea is the brainchild of London, Ontario, Canada’s Teresa Daniele (formerly of The Haircuts). Also featuring Lisle Mitnik (Fireflies, Very Truly Yours) and Kevin Clark (Homeville Circle, Wooden Owls), the three formed a long-distance songwriting collaboration. The result is nothing short of spectacular. “Staysail” features five pop masterpieces; lush soundscapes brimming with ethereal vocals, swirling strings and jangling guitars. Two If By Sea has been compared to such bands as The Field Mice, The Softies and early Lush. “Staysail” received heaps of praise when it was released in in 2010.
Also … Teresa has released outtakes from the “Staysail” recording sessions as an EP on the Inyrdisc label. Released under the band name Seashells, “The Fondness of a Memory” is available from the Inyrdisc site as a CDR. Check it out here.
The Swapsies — a four-piece pop band from Liverpool comprised of Huw, Andy, Sean and Elaine — are determined to make friendly music. Though the band members themselves claim they are shy, their music doesn’t show it. These two new songs, along with two previously recorded and released tracks, are catchy tunes that will make you want to sing and/or clap along.
The two-track name-your-price download includes cover art by the band, photos and an exclusive interview with Huw, Andy, Sean and Elaine.
Order a physical CD directly from The Swapsies. CD comes with stickers allowing you to swap the colours of the hat and scarf on the cover to those of your favourite team (as long as it’s not Wolverhampton Wanderers … or Celtic … or Norwich City … well as long as they play in red, blue, claret and blue, white or black basically!)
The Swapsies – A Fleeting Summer from The Swapsies on Vimeo.
Smiley, delicate and honest … — The Bido Lito
Full of fresh guitar sounds and lovely harmonies reminiscent of Belle and Sebastian’s more upbeat moments … — Liverpool Echo