Most bands try to reinvent their sound for a reason, Portland Oregan's, The Helio Sequence were forced to go back to the drawing board for their 2008 disc, Keep Your Eyes Ahead. The band which consists of Brandon Summers on guitar and vocals and Benjamin Weikel (who has also played for Modest Mouse) on keyboards and drums, almost suffered a devastating setback when Summers damaged his vocal cords in 2005, and was forced to relearn to sing. The band which has been around since '99, adapted their sound to fit Summers' vocals, and the result turned into one of the years best LP's, mixing elements of electronica, indie rock, and folk, along with two of the years best tracks, "Lately" and "Shed Your Love."
The group have been touring for most of the past year in support of 'Keep Your Eyes Ahead', and the band continues to look ahead themselves, as they have added a leg of dates as the support act for Keane, on a big arena tour starting next month, culminating with a show in Radio City Music Hall in NYC on May 27th.
Helio Sequence tour schedule:
May 8 Fox Theater w/KEANE Oakland, California
May 9 Hollywood Palladium w/KEANE Los Angeles, California
May 10 The Grove of Anaheim w/KEANE Anaheim, California
May 12 Kingsbury Hall w/KEANE Salt Lake City, Utah
May 13 The Ogden Theatre w/KEANE Denver, Colorado
May 15 Myth w/KEANE Maplewood, Minnesota
May 16 Aragon Ballroom w/KEANE Chicago, Illinois
May 19 DAR Constitution Hall w/KEANE Washington DC
May 20 Tower Theater w/KEANE Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
May 21 Bank of America Pavilion w/KEANE Boston, Massachusetts
May 23 The Sound Academy w/KEANE Toronto, Ontario
May 24 Time Warner Amphitheater w/KEANE Cleveland, Ohio
May 26 Wellmont Theater w/KEANE Montclair, New Jersey
May 27 Radio City Music Hall w/KEANE New York, New York
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