Hallelujah the Hills / St. Helena / Dan HL
Hallelujah the Hills, an independent rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, has been hailed by the Boston Phoenix as "one of Boston's most prized pop possessions." Their current line-up consists of Ryan Walsh, David Bentley, Dave Bryson, Ryan Connelly, Brian Rutledge, and Nicholas Ward. Pitchfork calls them the band that has a "knack for crafting fist-pumping anthems from absurdist word clusters," they've just released their third album, No One Knows What Happens Next, in May 2012.
St. Helena features founder and primary writer Patrick Teahan on guitar and vocals, Magen Tracy on keyboards and vocals, Mike Ward on guitar, Keith Wales on bass and vocals, and James Willetts on drums. They have just released their newest album, Modern Tan, that highlight the band's intelligent lyricism and broad dynamic range; brought to life with their signature dueling male and female vocals, lush harmonies and arrangements, and blistering guitar lines.
Dan HL, a Berklee alumnus, is most noted for his crisp, soulful, unique voice, and his ability to write songs that are both honest and singable. He also plays guitar and harmonica, so you can call him a multi-instrumentalist of sorts if, in your opinion, the harmonica is actually counted as an instrument.