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wesleyfreemansmith: This great little band came down to play for us at our SHINDIG night t’other week, and after a little bit of faffing with bandcamp, you can now listen and download their set from £0+. Check it out below: <a href=”http://shallowrecords.co.uk/album/shindig-140712-2”…
Some pictures from Soundcheck before we played our set at Amersham Arms on Friday. We played with Lost Left who were great, check them out here:
Saw Sheen play last week at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes I think they’re gunna release some more songs soon, can’t wait. They’re also playing with Swim Deep this Friday at The Old Blue Last which will be rad
Today we went to the colonel fawcett and saw our friend Yehan Jehan & Antimatter People play. I’ve always know that Yehan was a pedal freak, but this was a new level. They’ve got a really special show coming up at St Leonard’s Shoreditch Church. I’ll be singing with them for the show as part of a choir. Get tickets here! http://yjap.eventbrite.com/
Our next show is on Friday 11th at The Amersham Arms in New Cross. A first gig south of the river!
According to Bandcamp, someone recently came across ‘Living Room’ by Googling “determine the ph of a .0034m hno3 solution”. For everyone who hasn’t Googled that, you can buy it for next to nothing (or download it for free) HERE http://hellabetterdancer.bandcamp.com/ <a href=”http://hellabetterdancer.bandcamp.com/album/living-room”...
Model Staggs/All We Are/Stealing Sheep
Yesterday we went down to the Lock Tavern to play a couple of songs at the dj booth for SHELTEREDs night. There were 3 awesome bands playing. First on was Model Staggs from Cambridge Next was All We Are from Liverpool Last on was Stealing Sheep. They were great headliners Other photos from the night:
Some pictures from our set Slaves played put on a mega good show Then we ran over to Old Blue Last and caught our friends Big Deal play a really rad set
Yesterday me and Soph went to Brighton. That sea looks gooooood Amongst other things, we spent a good part of the day at a guitar shop in the Lanes. I tired out this Fender Mustang Kurt Cobain model. It is so nice, oh yeah!
White On White
Yesterday we had our first show with new HBD member Chris O’Driscoll at the Lock Tavern for Lottarox. We had loads of fun Our next show is this Thursday at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen for White on White. We’ll be playing with Slaves, supporting Sulk. Email us for £4 cheap list!
We’re really happy to announce that we’ll be playing at this year’s LeeFest on June 30th. There’s a really great line up, and tickets are cheap, you can get them here: http://www.leefest.org.uk/
We’ve been in the practice room a lot this week, writing and re-writing our new set. Here are some photos of us getting ready for our gig on the 22nd April at Lock Tavern!
our next gig is on Sunday the 22nd of april. we’ll be playing a new set, with new arrangements and new songs with a new hbd member. we’re real excited it’s FREE and at the lock tavern. here’s the event link https://www.facebook.com/events/428645640485888/
Yesterday we went to do the finishing touches for our 3 new demos at Jack Allett’s house. Jack mastered all of the Living Room songs so we knew it would be a good day. In between each going in and recording our last parts, we managed to fit in two whole dvds - Slow Century about Pavement and We Jam Econo about Minutemen. I forgot to take photos of actually doing any work. I guess I was...
Here are more recent things we’ve had written about Living Room http://www.forfolkssake.com/other/15023/new-bands-panel-hella-better-dancer-%E2%80%93-living-room-ep and http://brapscallions.com/2012/03/19/hella-better-dancer/ and http://wearesme.co.uk/?p=22942&preview=true
Yesterday we played a really fun gig with Idle Fret at The Lock Tavern Here are some photos from the show Thanks to everyone who caught our set, we had an awesome time.
Mix Tape/ download
We’re playing at the Lock Tavern tomorrow. We’ll be supporting Ratty Little Fingers and Mary Epworth You can download this mixtape for the show now! &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=”http://idlefret.bandcamp.com/album/idle-fret-free-download-ep-march-2012”...
We had a rad time playing at The Silver Bullet yesterday for a night put on by Map Recordings. We were supporting Loose Talk Costs Lives who played a really great set. Check out their songs here &lt;a href=”http://loosetalkcostslives.bandcamp.com/album/wax-gold” data-mce-href=”http://loosetalkcostslives.bandcamp.com/album/wax-gold”&gt;Wax...
Thanks so much to everyone who has listened, downloaded and bought Living Room so far. We couldn’t be more happy with the response. &amp;amp;lt;a href=”http://hellabetterdancer.bandcamp.com/album/living-room” data-mce-href=”http://hellabetterdancer.bandcamp.com/album/living-room”&amp;amp;gt;Living Room by Hella Better...
Yesterday we were in the studio again finishing our 3 new demos. Here are some photos we’ll hopefully be releasing them at the end of April so watch out
This is the artwork that we’re using for Living Room. It’s a lino-cut made by the brilliant Maureen Nathan (http://www.maureennathan.com) and we’re hand printing it onto each CD Yesterday we spent the whole day printing the cds. It took a long time, but with an efficient and ruthless production line, we managed it, even if our hands were very tired. This is what it looks...
Yesterday we went to the EMI studio at the Roundhouse to do some recording for a song called Move Back In. It’s the first of hopefully 3 sessions in the studio - so new songs on the way! It’s good to be out of the living room and back into the studio
New Video is HERE!!
Here’s our first video! Big thanks and big love to Jackson Caines and Abe Buckoke. We’re excited and hope you all like it
New Video Coming Soon!
We’ve finally finished editing our first video. We’ll be uploading it on Sunday night, so watch yo backs!
Photo Shoot/Anger Management
Today we were doing a glamorous press shoot. We smashed up a tv and it was really really cold. Josh was chief smasher and caused the tv some serious damage. Don’t mess with these badasses
No Quarter Presents
Yesterday we played another show at Notting Hill Arts club with To Kill A King. Also playing were Youth Imperial and they were great!
Tonight we’re at a pub quiz, but TOMORROW we’re playing at Notting Hill Arts Club with To Kill A King. Here’s the flyer for cheaper entry!
Today we’re hard at work in Tills living room finalising everything for our new 4 song, home-recorded project, ‘Living Room.’ A video for one of the new songs will be up soon. We’re excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last night we played a really fun gig with Sheltered - this time at 93 Feet East.
Today we shot our first ever video to go with a song, Brother, which is from our new project. Stay tuned for photos and videos of the day!
Just Music That I Like
Last night we played our show of the year at The Old Queens Head for http://www.justmusicthatilike.com/ and it was a really good night. We were excited about it before we even played. Soundcheck was good and that man has massive feet. Playing last night was Anna Lena & The Orchids who were great. Also playing were Model Railway Exhibition who were so noisy and so rad. ...
We just finished our last day of proper recording for our new project-thingymajiggy. Now it’ll just be tweaking and fussing over things that no one else will notice. The fun is just about to start. Luc took a power nap after eating some toast. He was working really hard today. Watch this space for more news and previews of our newly recorded songs!
Festive recording today, working on an instrumental track for our new project. The is probably my favourite instrumental, it’s by Broken Social Scene. If ours is as anything as good as this then I will be a very happy girl this Christmas.
To Kill A King
Yesterday we played a gig at Notting Hill Arts Club. It was the first time we’ve played our new song ‘Dull.’ My grandma recorded the whole set so maybe we’ll post that sometime soon. Hi grandma! We were supporting To Kill A King and they played a really epic set. It was such a fun way to end 2011. Thanks to everyone who came down. yeah!
Last night we played a show with an awesome band called Little Racer. They’re from New York doing a UK tour for their new single ‘Split For The Coast.’ You should listen to them because they’re rad. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=”http://littleracer.bandcamp.com/album/split-for-the-coast-the-town”...
Yesterday we went to go see our buddies Big Deal play a killer show at the Lexington. Watch this because it’s really really good.
Snakes and Ladders
We played a gig at The Star of Kings today and while we were waiting for our set we played a horribly competitive game of Snakes and Ladders. Lucas won the game, but he’s losing at life.
We did another day of recording at home, and got all the parts down for a new song. Here are some pictures from the day. I’ll give you a clue about the song’s title:
The weekend was a really good one in terms of getting our ugly mugs into the big wide world of the news (both tv and paper.) On Friday we were filmed by the BBC news team and that was pretty awesome. This is one of the stills from what it looked like on telly And this is Dave Perella - the loveliest camera man we’ll probably ever meet Then we were in the Evening Standard which...
SHELTERED// Olugbenga / Womans Hour
This weekend we played a really awesome gig at The Lock Tavern playing alongside two really great sets. First was Woman’s Hour which was really really good. The instrument arrangement reminded me of Portishead, The XX and Left Field and Fiona’s voice was similar to Lykke Li. Basically it was just a really awesome set and we were massively happy to be sharing the stage with them. ...
On Friday night we played at The Horatia with Noisy Neighbours. They made this cool poster which is now on my bedroom wall. Inbetween soundcheck and playing Lucas got a happy meal which made him way too happy. On Sunday morning we made a breakfast fit for a king. Look how tasty that breakfast looks. We’ve got two really exciting gigs lined up for next week so come to them! ...
On Friday we played at The Bull and Gate and here are some photos we took on the night. Soph turned into a gnome. I don’t know what Josh is doing but it looks weird. We were supporting a band called Elephant Stone. They were really cool so check them out here http://www.elephantstonemusic.com/
Last Sunday we went to Denmark Street to once again lust after things that we’re probably never going to get. But this time I saw something so pretty that I might just be convinced. It’s a Fender Limited Edition Blues Junior III Combo in a green colour. That picture really doesn’t do it justice so just trust me that it’s awesome. Later on in the week Soph and Josh...
Here’s a video of us playing Hands at last weeks gig at Native Tongue. Watch it! All the views so far are probably going to be from my grandmother.
We really enjoyed our set last week at Native Tongue with Stop Look Listen. The sound guy was the most enthusiastic and friendly sound guy we’ve ever had. Normally sound guys are either angry or really high, and he was just really really happy which made a very welcome change. The promoters were lovely and the other bands were great. Win. On Friday we had a practice in which we tried to...
Stop Look Listen
I’m not going to beat around the bush. I’m just gunna come clean. There’s no point lying to you. I need to get something off my chest. We’re not going to Andorra. But it’s all being rescheduled so we’re not going to cry about it. Although we did find out that there was a pool in our hotel and that beers are really cheap. But we’re still trying not to cry...
We thought it was a joke when we first got the email, or that maybe it was round 2 of Lucas’ internet admirers. But after many thorough reads, our flights were booked, and it turns out that it’s not a joke and that we are actually going to Andorra in a weeks time. Andorra looks like this: We’ll be staying 4 nights and playing three shows. This whole thing was set up by a nice...
Officialy on our gap years, yaaah Gap Yaah, we’ve got loads of gigs lined up which we’re pretty excited about. Come to them and heckle us. September 13th @ The Underbelly September 17th @ The George Tavern September 20th @ The Monarch October 4th Acoustic gig @ Stop Look Listen, Native Tongue EC1 October 19th @ Proud Galleries October 28th @ The Horatia, Islington November 6th @...
When our 2nd EP ‘Swimming’ came out earlier this year, the lovely people at ‘Sounds Good To Me Too’ music blog wrote some really nice stuff about us. http://soundsgoodtometoo.com/2011/03/01/hella-better-dancer-hundred-balloons/ They got in touch with us recently and said that for their year anniversary they’re making a mix tape of of songs from some bands that they...
Tomorrow we’re playing at Underage Festival on the Roundhouse Rising stage which will hopefully be a jolly good time. We held a little competition for 5 under-age-ers to win free tickets to the festival and they’ve all been given away - so thanks and congratulations to those nice people who emailed us! What we’re all really looking forward to tomorrow is seeing Janelle Monae...