herMajesty & Honest Haloway

9:30 Club presents at U Street Music Hall

herMajesty & Honest Haloway

Greenland

Sat, January 13

Doors: 7:00 pm

U Street Music Hall

Washington, DC

$15

This event is all ages

herMajesty
herMajesty's rock music scales thematic preoccupations with love, loss, surrender, chaos, and hope, over a brooding wall of sound. Their proclivities are well-captured on record and pack a wallop in their live performances.

Sound is just one part of herMajesty's experience. Their name draws references to royalty, luxury, London, and is based on the phrase "His Majesty, the baby" by Sigmund Freud. Track for track herMajesty communicate complex human emotional experiences and grapple with themes that convey loss, sadness, detachment, and anger.

herMajesty's sound also draws from lead singer JP's Greek-American heritage. Their 2016 EP "My Body Your Mind" features Middle-Eastern and Greek instruments (oud, bouzouki) on the title track. Immigrant blues meld in with their glam and new wave influences and can be readily heard on tracks like "Fashion Trance" and throughout to define their distinctive wall of sound. "My Body Your Mind" is accompanied with a semi-nude photo series of JP by L.E.S. counterculture archivist Alice O'Malley to convey the impact of trauma on the human body.

Their new single "I Saw The Dog" features Henry Hey (keyboard player for Bowie's The Next Day, Lazarus) and Chris McQueen (guitarist for Bowie's Lazarus & Snarky Puppy). Pre-production for "I Saw The Dog" began in the fall of 2016. Grammy-winner Nic Hard, who has been working with herMajesty since 2010, suggested they work with Hey and McQueen on the song.
“I Saw the Dog” released November 2017 through Midday Records as a limited 7" color vinyl pressing and is available through herMajesty’s website and Providence-based Armageddon Records. It is also available on Spotify and iTunes.

herMajesty consists of JP (vocals, rhythm guitars, programming), David Leatherwood (guitars, backup vocals), Joan Chew (bass, backup vocals), and Konrad Meissner (drums, percussion). Additional percussion is provided by Josh Shusterman.
Honest Haloway
Honest Haloway


Honest Haloway began as a solo passion project helmed by songwriter Tim Kratzer in a bedroom in Washington DC in 2010. In the early stages, the music was nothing more than a creative outlet where he could convey his wordless evocations into a collection of songs without the intent or expectations to produce tangible outcomes, let alone see the stage.

By 2011, Kratzer had recorded and released his debut EP titled The Towns featuring five new synth heavy songs that contained remnants of his previous band, The Vita Ruins, but with a more lush and melodic sound and a deeper level of intimate song writing influenced by his personal life. He soon translated the music into live performances and took the songs to the stage where he played dozens of shows over the course of 2 years during which the project developed into a full band with a rotating group of local musician friends.

Kratzer embarked on a hiatus in 2013, but returned with the intention of crafting a follow up album and began leaping forward musically and conceptually. He drew inspiration from his travels and began further experimenting with ethereal effects and developing various production methods. The result was 2014’s Perigee, which proved to be a smooth departure from his previous work delineating a much brighter and cleaner dream pop effect to the otherwise lyrically melancholy songs.

After 2 EP’s, several years of performing and opening for larger acts, Honest Haloway has now evolved into a 5 member band consisting of D.C. music veterans, Fico Lazzaro-Colon and Ed Barnabas (both of Cedars, and Ms. Director), Greg Balleza (The Vita Ruins, Incredible Change) & Paul Burgess (Yesferatu, Incredible Change). The band is now working on recording their first full-length album. Together, the members have progressed and redefined the band’s essence by each bringing their own unique stamp to the guitar heavy songs on the new album, which are noticeably darker and more transient than those of previous works. Honest Haloway’s third album is set to be out in 2018.
Greenland
Greenland
Venue Information:
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/