Release Date: May 22, 2012
Record label: Discrete Pageantry Records
For two albums, Boston's Hallelujah the Hills has been cranking out fuzzy but powerful rock tunes, ones full of tape hiss and static that aren't exactly lo-fi. Especially on their excellent last record, 2009's Colonial Drones, they used heavy layers of found sound and crackling guitars and vocals to convey the confusion and miscommunication that drove the record thematically. It wasn't fuzz for fuzz's sake, and no one would ever mistake HtH's brittle layers for a garage-band lack of ambition.
Hallelujah the Hills have returned, hitting their hard moments well, but this time not quite succeeding at their more reflective cuts. No One Knows What Happens Next shows the band’s strengths. The band carefully constructed “People Breathe Into Other People”, without ever sounding careful. The tension builds throughout the song, and when it finally realizes, it’s in a burst of noise, which provides as much redirection as it does release.
Hallelujah the Hills created waves with their 2009 album, Colonial Drones, a fuzzy, rocked out, critically-acclaimed affair. With their latest entry, No One Knows What Happens Next, the Boston quintet have polished up the production and lost some of their edge in the process. No One Knows… is a fairly even-keeled album through and through, so the songs that stand out either quicken the pace or change the formula slightly.
Bostonians Hallelujah The Hills are back for album number three and in doing so, they join the long list of bands going the Kickstarter route for funding an album. This is another way of saying that they've garnered enough of a following during the past five years to ensure that being dropped from their label didn't spell the end of the band. And that's a good thing.