Formed in 2007, Seattle, Washington’s Helms Alee meld jangly shoegaze with sludge to create a hybrid sound all their own.
Featuring the talents of former Harkonen bassist Ben Verellen on guitar as well as bassist Dana James and drummer Hozoji Margullis, the band’s loose, melodic sludge simultaneously evokes the effervescent discordance of the Pixies and the pounding heaviness of Big Business. The trio made its full-length debut in 2008 with Night Terror, released by Hydra Head. For their sophomore record, Helms Alee went into the studio with Minus the Bear’s Matt Bayles, who would produce their 2011 album, Weatherhead. A third album, Sleepwalking Sailors, arrived on Sargent House in early 2014, with Stillicide dropping in August 2016. ~ Gregory Heaney, Rovi