helvet1ca

helvet1ca

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Feedback-driven Indie-pop; a balance of melodic and dissonant. harmonic and chaotic.

Biography

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.

Lyrics

Synethsesia

Written By: Eric Livingston

it's been a long time at sea baby
i've been away from a year or two
when i've finally said my fill
can i tear my sail
be my girl

what i cannot say babe
gonna fill with song
what i cannot hear then
i will tell what i can see

when i say im rested
on a daylight bend
what i cannot question
will surround and fill my sail

Girl with the Pink Hair

Written By: Eric Livingston

stand up girl
put us down
with your charm
it don’t make sense but what does
you’re the boss
walk away
take me by surprise
you don’t care what we think well - silly girl
your eyes

you march in then you sit down
front of me
i smell your your pink hair with its
clips and beads
walk away
take off your disquise
when you come back downtown yeah
your silly lies - your eyes

you make your - intentions - obvious
you don’t make sense to me but
what girl does
walk away
without saying goodbye
it's such the easy way out
it’s your demise- your eyes

you don’t care what we think well
silly girl
when you come back downtown yeah
your silly lies
hey

Thurston Wake Up

Written By: Eric Livingston

I've been shakin' the coats to wear
I'm livin' the self indulge
The fool will change now
When trouble comes and goes away

Duck and cover where we don't understand well
Gotta keep on (stage) in the dead of calm
Help us in the chase
Help us yeah

The devil's corner of the man
The sin of whores
Walk away now baby
I say it's never gonna pass
Never gone
Never gone

Discography

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

Set List

We usually keep it short, simple - (mostly because some of our songs are long) but we have about 40 songs to choose from. We can never decide on a cover, so we don't have any. Here's a typical set list:
Girl with the Pink Hair
Method
Sideshow
avenue a
Advice
Hastings
Synethsesia
Thurston Wake Up