In 2015, bass player James Smith parted ways with the band to travel the world in search of the lost chord. It was a tenuous period for the group, wherein the lineup returned to its studio roots moving Brian from guitar back to bass but with the addition of one William Rusert on keyboards and guitar. A virtuoso in his own right, Rusert’s classical training and prowess at sprawling arrangements perfectly complemented Brian’s melodic intuitions on bass, effectively dropping the anchor on the band’s overall sound as soaring guitar leads explode further and further into space before crash landing safely into the next chorus lush with arpeggiated keyboard samples.
The songs on Hi Lo Ha’s third EP, Ain’t Gone Tonight, draw their inspiration from the dystopian state of rock n roll, light where there was once darkness, and the untimely passing of a friend. Recorded and mixed in their DIY basement studio, mastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios. Ain’t gone tonight by Hi Lo Ha...lightning in a bottle.