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Feb
25
helvet1ca @ The Painted Lady

Hamtramck, Michigan, USA

Hamtramck, Michigan, USA

Dec
22
helvet1ca @ Hamtramck

Small's, Michigan, USA

Small's, Michigan, USA

Dec
03
helvet1ca @ The New Dodge Lounge

Hamtramck, Michigan, USA

Hamtramck, Michigan, USA

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The best kept secret in music

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Discography

Released a self-titled 5 song EP in January 2005.

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Bio

It's been a few years since we've formed; and it still is like we just started. not in a bad way, just the fact that experimentalism is at the core of our music. While there may be a poppy song or an punk-esque tune, it's still all about pushing the music around like paint. and some songs resurface and form into new sonic shapes. It's about influence. Not just the many bands we are influenced by, but by environment, change. Like a New York city street where one moment it's musical ambient textures, the next a disharmonic chaos of horns and sirens. That is what we're about. Chords that overlay in washes, then bite and stab and tear the canvas.
The core philosophy of sonic youth is a strong commonality. Lee Ranaldo played with Glenn Branca often, where he learned to play with alternate tunings and create 'white noise'. Branca was a musician/composer who enlisted several (sometimes up to six) guitarists to play his symphonies of noise. Sonic Youth learned much from Branca later, such as using alternate tunings and various non-conventional ways of playing to create their style of noise. - source the Rare Vinyl Network
Though we may not sound entirely like Sonic Youth, we embrace this aspect. The non-convention. Interestingly, non-convention has its own pattern. Chaos has pattern. turn on a faucet a little, it drips water at the same rate. a little more, and the drops start combing with another, erraticaly. But upon closer inspection, there is a pattern. Society is erratic, but the same mistakes happen again. It is all around us. And we try to embody that in our music.
The reason we chose the name, Helvetica, is because it doesn't interrupt. Use this typeface and it somehow embraces the personality of whatever visual it is part of. Without being obstructive. It reinvents itself, like a chameleon, adapting without having to necessarily change. Sometimes light, bold, italic. that's it. And we are that. We let the music be the visual, and we ourselves try not to be brash and corny showmen. The music is the importance. We simply carry the message.
The songs here are a tiny slice of what we are all about. We are still discovering what it is. And that makes it all worthwhile.