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The Harmaleighs ~ Emmett Drueding

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Dave Kiss Presents: The Harmaleighs and Emmett Drueding at Everybody Hits

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The Harmaleighs

The Harmaleighs have crafted a sophomore record that exists beyond the boundaries of any one genre. At times, the album is loud and tenacious while other moments require a more vulnerable cadence. It’s a new path for the Nashville pair, but it remains rooted in their respective roles. Haley Grant who takes on lead vocals and guitar, often pushes melodies to a more raw and tender edge while Kaylee Jasperson, on bass and backup vocals, guides the heartbeat and overall structure of the music.

Past versions of the band have been sparser, but the group’s newest album calls for a bigger backing. The record, titled She Won’t Make Sense explores new territory in sound and subject matter. The latter deals directly with Haley’s mental health, documenting the many forms depression can take. Opening tune, “Anthem for the Weak” introduces Haley’s anxiety, which she named Susan. It’s a preview of what’s to come, as the record continues like a conversation between the two. “The whole album is me talking to Susan or Susan acting on my behalf,” says Haley. “It’s that dialogue with your inner self and how at times it feels like that inner voice has more control over you than you do.” Musically, the track opens with a Wurlitzer-esque melody that feels bright yet disconcerting. That kind of juxtaposition is found throughout the entire arc of the record, and is something the two intentionally played with: “We definitely wanted the musical aspect of it to make you feel anxious.”

Emmett Drueding

Emmett Drueding is a Philadelphia-based guitarist, singer and songwriter with an admiration for Chet Atkins, The Beatles, Elliott Smith, Dave Van Ronk and the greats of jazz and country blues. Drueding has spent years developing his distinctive guitar-centric sound that draws fluidly on these influences and others. In 2015, Drueding released his first solo EP, titled Strange Bruise. He is currently working with his band and executive producer Ray Bailey on a new record titled Tightrope Walker, due October 15th, 2019. On Drueding’s writing and performing style, indie music blog B-Sides and Badlands noted, “He might be playing a character . . . but his conviction is as ripe as grapes on a vine ready for harvest.”

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