the Halfnelsons

the Halfnelsons

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Full-tilt, fuzz-laden rock. The sound is powerful with subtle undertones, and connects the dots between The Rolling Stones, Pavement, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Biography

“a knack for clever hooks and an ear for a good vocal melody…” – The Noise (Boston)

“Eclipsing the typical din of modern day rock bands, The Halfnelsons exhibit a command of timing and songwriting inqenuity on 'Do You Feel Alright?'…” – Metronome Magazine

... snotty lyrics and the sound of a band having a good time. I have a feeling The Halfnelsons best move is yet to come.
- Leftoffthedial.com

Brothers Erik and Brett Nelson craft intelligent rock songs, which exhibit their vocal and guitar interplay, compelling bass lines, and unrelenting drumming. The sound of The Halfnelsons is powerful, yet has many subtle undertones, and seemingly connects the dots between The Rolling Stones, Pavement, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Their debut EP, 'Do You Feel Alright?', recorded live in the studio, captures the rough-edged sound that defines the band.

Erik (vocals, guitar) and Brett (guitar) have been playing together for as long as they can (and sometimes longer than they'd like to) remember. As kids, they taught each other to play guitar and drums—with plenty of help from their parents’ record collection. After Erik finally convinced Brett to quit his gig in a high school cover band, they spent the summer writing songs together in a dank cellar. Weeks later they brought those tunes to Moontower Studios, where they played all the instruments themselves and left with their demo CD, aptly titled 'Basement Rock'.

These days, they're still writing and practicing in basements but now have a full band to complete the equation. Blake Stone (bass) and Brian Binkowski (drums) form a rhythm section that dominates the stop-on-a-dime breaks, timely hestitations and spirited backing vocals that truly set the The Halfnelsons apart. You can expect to leave a Halfnelsons show humming a vocal melody, guitar lick and a bass line.

Early press on the EP has been overwhelmingly positive, including a cover story for the June issue of Metronome Magazine, a feature in the Boston Metro, and rave reviews from The Noise and other Boston-area and online music publications. The Halfnelsons will spend 2006 touring throughout New England and the Northeast. 'Do You Feel Alright?' is currently available at Newbury Comics, on iTunes, and on the web at http://www.thehalfnelsons.com.

The Halfnelsons have received airplay on WBCN, WFNX and XM Radio. They have played with acts such as Voxtrot, The Churchills, Furvis, The Upwelling, and The Motion Sick.

Lyrics

Air Siren

Written By: The Halfnelsons

I got shaky hands, I got shaky nerves,
I trip on my feet and I choke on my words;
But me, my brother and my band gonna take on the world;

I got a few friends they’re all here tonight,
We’re gonna drink what I it takes till we all get tight;
So I’m doing ok:
Do you feel alright?

Still, I can’t help feeling like an open wound,
Bleeding all over everyone in the room,
And I do every midnight, morning and afternoon;

Not quite sure that I’ve seen the light
But I got this close in the middle of last night;
So I’m doing ok:
Do you feel alright?

I said: Evening creeps
I keep hearing things
That sound in the depths of my soul.

When I’ve tried to find some piece of mind
It seems it’s leaving me behind
And I can’t try to buy the lie that says
That somewhere deep inside
We’ll see everything we need to be
So completely free:
Well, it’s not convincing me.

So please, don’t start fucking with my piece of my mind
I’ve tried too hard to find what little I could come by.
And don’t go fucking with my piece of my mind.

Said I’m doing ok:
Do you feel alright?

I said: Evening creeps,
I keep hearing things
That sound in the depths of my soul.

A siren screams,
She is calling me
To drown in what’s left of this soul.

Standing Still

Written By: The Halfnelsons

Lights are flashing up where you want to go, and:
You’re standing still
Waves keep crashing out where you want to go, and:
You’ve lost the will
Close your eyes and see the figure of your idol,
Open them you’re run of the mill
Some grotesqued, recessed, post-myopic, former dreamer
Just standing still

I get by, by keeping my options open wide
All in all, it’s all the same
You can try
To pin me down and pry inside
You won’t get far that way
But you’re singing now

Lights are flashing up where I want to go, and:
I’m standing still
Waves keep crashing out where I want to go, and:
I’ve lost the will
Close my eyes and see the figure of my idol
Open them I’m run of the mill
Some grotesqued, recessed, post-myopic, former dreamer
Just standing still

I get by, by keeping my options open wide
All in all, it’s all the same
You can try
To pin me down and pry inside
You won’t get far that way
But you’re singing now

I hear you singing now and then
So sing it now
Sing it now, again

Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-do-do-doo-doo-doo-do-do-doo-doo-do-do.

But you’re singing now
I hear you singing now and then
So sing it now
Sing it now, again

I get by, by keeping my options open wide
All in all it’s all the same
You can try
To pin me down and pry inside
You won’t get far that way
But you’re singing now.

Don't Hold Your Breath

Written By: The Halfnelsons

I’m sick and tired of checking my pulse
Holding my breath and feeling it out

But it keeps on beating, and it keeps on beating
Right on down the line
And it keeps on beating, and it keeps on beating
Reminds me that I’m alive

Starting to think that I’ve heard it all
Climb to the top and wait for the fall
Out through the artery, in through the vein
Don’t hold your breath, ‘cause I’ll never change

And I see what you’ve done to me

But it keeps on beating, and it keeps on beating
Right on down the line
And it keeps on beating, and it keeps on beating
And reminds me that I’m alive

Then your heart skips, brain flips, you think that this is finally it
And everything is fine
Said your heart skips, brain flips, you think that is finally it
And right on down the line

Take it out of the air, kick it into the brain
Straight out of the air and into the brain
Drawn to your death like a moth to the flame
When it’s out of the air and into the brain

But it keeps on beating, and it keeps on beating
Right on down the line
And it keeps on beating, and it keeps on beating
And reminds me that I’ve alive

But that don’t mean much
When you could be healing, not so sick and tired
And I can’t look, so I touch
Oh, I could be healing not so sick and tired
And it won’t stop, when I come to think about it
Healing, not so sick and tired; healing, not so sick and tired
I should be healing, not so sick and tired.

Discography

EP - Do You Feel Alright? (2006)
Demo - Basement Rock (2004)

Tracks from both discs are available for purchase and download on www.thehalfnelsons.com and streaming on www.myspace.com/halfnelsons

Set List

Typical set is 40 minutes consisting of 8 - 10 original songs.