Upon listening to Helicopters’ latest release "The Honey and the Hiss" you will undoubtedly wonder how this band has flown under your radar for so long. Despite their share of noteworthy milestones — playing Lollapalooza, performances with bands such Athlete, The Smoking Popes and Au Revoir Simone, and receiving critical-acclaim with several albums — Helicopters has gone largely unheard by a broader audience, remaining only in the music catalogs of true fans.
Helicopters is the definition of an independent band. Not just “indie” stylistically but “independent” meaning every aspect of the creative and business process — from writing, recording, production and mastering to marketing, design, publicity and booking — is handled by the same three guys: Jason Caldeira, Brian Fifield and Dave Moran, collectively known as Helicopters. The band started their own label FlyCasual Records in 2005 and has since released music by Helicopters as well as various other solo and side projects.
Often considered too polished to the ears of the musically elite yet too experimental to truly be mainstream, Helicopters has been content sitting in a chair of prolificacy, having released seven albums — 4 full-lengths and 3 EPs — over the course of their six year career; each release an exercise in the lush, layered interpolation of seemingly disparate sounds, organic textures and electrified glitch, all wrapped in a blanket of cozy pop songwriting.
With "The Honey and the Hiss", Helicopters takes their signature sound to the next level, infusing each track with the maturity of seasoned songwriters. “Songs were often written and recorded at the same time.” says singer Dave Moran of the creative process. It is this capture of the raw energy of being lost in a moment that makes listening to "The Honey and the Hiss" a truly visceral experience.
Every track on "The Honey and the Hiss", with just the right balance of polish and grit, takes on a life of its own, but there’s no mistaking it: this is Helicopters. And you’ve missed out for long enough.