Sunday, April 19, 2015

Roger with Hannah in the Wars

Hannah in the Wars debut album out April 17th, 2015 in New Zealand, and May 25th in the UK on Roger's 99X/10 Records.

Update (03/19/15): Article at Jammer Zine about Roger's work with them, plus album previews. And another article at Planet of Sound.

Update (03/21/15): Roger will be a special guest at their May 16th show at Sebright Arms in London. Get tickets here. Facebook event page here.

Update (03/27/15):

Update (04/19/15): From New Zealand Sunday News:

How did the connection with The Cure's Roger O'Donnell come about and how did it develop into you recording an album at his country home studio?

I met Roger through a mutual friend right when I first moved to London in June 2011.  I was fresh off the boat, didn't know many other musicians in the UK and sad to have left the close musical community of Auckland behind so it was wonderful to immediately meet another musician.  We got on really well right from the get-go and after attending my first couple of London shows he said that he'd like to help me out in any way he could. He has been a huge support, a great friend and something of a mentor.  We recorded most of the album in East London with Hugh Harlow, a friend from our days at the University of Otago.  Roger came into the studio for those London sessions and was a quiet presence, largely leaving us to it but stepping in at times to help steer us in the right direction.  The songs were already arranged as we'd been playing them live for about 6 months and so he mainly served as quality control, along with Hugh.  We got most of the album down over a three-day weekend in London and then headed out to Roger's place in Devon to record vocal and guitar overdubs, as well as the synth and piano parts.  It is so tranquil out there, it was a beautiful place to finish off the record.  Hugh and I spent many hours together in the London studio after that, weaving it all together.  He is one of the calmest and most generous people I have ever met, a true pleasure to work with.