Helvetia

Helvetia

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Helvetia, an independent and experimental alternative music group from Seattle, Washington, was created by Jason Albertini after the dissolution of the band Duster (in which he played drums). Helvetia's first record, "The Clever North Wind" (2006), was released on The Static Cult Label and distributed by Up Records. Their first national exposure was achieved by touring with Built To Spill. Helvetia is produced/performed by Jason Albertini and sustained by a rotating live line-up, which has included C. Dove Amber, Jim Roth and Scott Plouf. Their third release, "Headless Machine of the Heart" (2008) was recorded entirely on a 4-track tape machine. Helvetia continues to release music through The Static Cult Label (which is helmed by Duster-mate Clay Parton). The name Helvetia is the female personification of Switzerland, the childhood home of Jason Albertini.

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Helvetia (pronounced “hel-vee-shuh") is the project of Jason Albertini, a previous member of UP Records band Duster and current bassist of Built To Spill. The band consists of former Duster bandmate Dove Amber, along with Zeke Howard, formerly of Love As Laughter (Glacial Pace, Sub Pop, UP Records), Samantha Stidham, and Jim Roth, also of Built To Spill. Having grown up in Basel, Switzerland, Albertini chose the name ‘Helvetia’ — the female personification of Switzerland — because of its lyrical and poetic sound. Between 2006 and 2011, Helvetia put out seven releases on The Static Cult Label, run by Duster’s Clay Parton, and toured with bands like Built To Spill and Meat Puppets. After running monitors and performing other roadie duties for Built To Spill for years, Albertini officially joined the band in 2012.

Known for recording most of Helvetia’s albums himself on a 4-track (except for 2008’s The Acrobats, recorded at the Seattle-based studio of Built To Spill’s Jim Roth), Albertini’s songs are raw, experimental, and psych-tinged. 2012’s Nothing In Rambling, the band’s first release for Joyful Noise Recordings, featured some of their most focused and inspired tracks to date. Shortly after its release, Albertini started recording new material that was deemed lost after a computer meltdown, but was eventually recovered and released as A Dot Running For the Dust - The Lost Sessions in early 2015. It will be followed by Helvetia’s new album, Dromomania, due out October 2nd on Joyful Noise.

“Dromomania” evokes the simplicity of ‘70s Kinks, combined with a good dose of Captain Beefheart and the randomness of The Residents. Third-wave hardcore influences meld with elements of Neu-like trance rock; Meat Puppets and Elevator to Hell come together on tracks like “Bermuda” and “Radio Shower.” Dromomania is a condition of wandering with no notice of intent nor memory of getting to where you’re going — just when you think you can get comfortable, you’re transported to a different place with a different set of ideals. Dromomania is a vague sense of feeling and dreams a-plenty.
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Helvetia Discography Tracks

Albums

Helvetia The Clever North Wind (Album) Up Records (5) US 2005 Sell This Version
TSCL012 Helvetia Headless Machine Of The Heart(CD, Album, Ltd, Dig) The Static Cult Label TSCL012 US 2008 Sell This Version
TSCL005 Helvetia The Acrobats(CD, Album) The Static Cult Label TSCL005 US 2008 Sell This Version
Helvetia Helvetia's Junk Shop (Album) The Static Cult Label US 2009 Sell This Version
TSCL036 Helvetia Gladness (2001-2006)(34xFile, MP3, Album) The Static Cult Label TSCL036 US 2010
Helvetia On The Lam (Album) The Static Cult Label US 2011 Sell This Version
Helvetia Nothing In Rambling (Album) Joyful Noise Recordings US 2012 Sell This Version
Helvetia Dromomania (Album) Joyful Noise Recordings US 2015 Sell This Version
JNR173-2 Helvetia A Dot Running For The Dust(LP, Album, Ltd, Num) Joyful Noise Recordings JNR173-2 US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Helvetia & Doug Martsch Helvetia & Doug Martsch - Sing Songs By The Amazing Thinking Fellers Union 282(Cass, Single, Ltd, Num) Joyful Noise Recordings none US 2012 Sell This Version
Helvetia & Built To Spill Helvetia & Built To Spill - Spooky Action At The Sufferbus Joyful Noise Recordings US 2013 Sell This Version
JNR 200-8 Helvetia Crumbs Like Saucers/The Road Crew(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Single, Club, Ltd, Num) Joyful Noise Recordings JNR 200-8 US 2015 Sell This Version
JNR 173-3 Helvetia A Dot Running For The Dust (Lathe, 7", Shape, S/Sided, Single, Ltd, Num, Sig) Joyful Noise Recordings JNR 173-3 US 2015 Sell This Version
Helvetia With Pall Jenkins Helvetia With Pall Jenkins - Christmas Time Is Here (Single) Joyful Noise Recordings US 2016 Sell This Version
32296/97 Helvetia Sun Chasers (7", EP, TP) Rainbo Records 32296/97 US 2017 Sell This Version

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