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Same Height Relation

by Hector On Stilts

Unashamedly poppy. You won't get these songs out of your head. HOS dish style, smarts & heart in lavish anti-epics, salsa-spiced disco & sinewy alt-pop. Makes a great gift.
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1. Taxi
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2. Heart in Your Hand
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3. La Dee Da
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3:35 album only
4. Mom's in Love Again
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5. Winterland
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3:32 album only
6. Tongue-tied
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7. Annie
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8. Rhyme Like Me
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9. Squares Into Circles
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2:56 album only
10. Same Height Relation
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11. Soul So Sweet
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12. Take One, Bobby
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
First impressions are everything. So when alternative-pop wunderkinds, Hector On Stilts (HOS), show up to their shows, it's always in a limo. Of course, the group's co-founder, Jeb Colwell, will likely be at the wheel, wearing a crash helmet.

If the limo is allegory for the band's style their sophomore release, Same Height Relation is proof. Produced by Grammy-nominee, Andres Levin (Yerba Buena), Same Height Relation is HOS's most definitive body of work. The album wheels through plush anti-epics ("Winterland," "Rhyme Like Me"); salsa-spiced disco ("Annie," "Squares Into Circles"); bittersweet alternative-pop ("Heart In Your Hand," "Tongue-Tied") and bare-bottom acoustic ("Same Height Relation"). At the helm are cousins, Jeb and Clayton Colwell, who split writing and lead vocal turns, and harmonize with the clarity and conviction of a latter-day Simon & Garfunkel.

Jeb and Clayton are continuing their familial musical legacy. Their fathers were co-founders and songwriters for Pepsodent-fresh Up With People. The group performed at Super Bowl halftimes in the 1970s, before Janet Jackson had her first training bra. Jeb's theatrical instincts undoubtedly derive from his grandfather, the late actor Anthony Quinn. However it was the senior Colwells who passed onto their sons a legacy of people-pleasing music and an unending fondness for the sweeter, "poppier" side.

The Colwell cousins, who hail from Tucson, Arizona, began performing together as teenagers at local coffee houses. Mixing what one reviewer labeled as "lullaby pop" with a genetic proclivity for zany performances, the cousins were soon cultivating a following in clubs and colleges from Tucson to Los Angeles and Seattle. In 2001, Jeb and Clayton relocated to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, drawn by the appeal of its proximity to New York City and Boston and the relative still of the majestic Berkshires.

Soon after unpacking, Hector On Stilts added a rhythm section and began performing in more traditional rock venues. Their power pop, vocal harmonies and enigmatic humor quickly earned the group fans, including Men At Work front man, Colin Hay (a "childhood hero," Clayton confesses). After HOS shared a bill with Hay in Pittsfield, the 80's star invited the band back to Los Angeles to co-write and recorded an early version of Same Height Relation opening track, "Taxi."

Hector On Stilts has also shared the stage with an eclectic mix of notables, including Jonathan Richman, Bill Spencer of the Tubes, Mike Davis of MC5, and the Bloodhound Gang. Their collaborations entertained the likes of Diana Ross and former President George H. Bush.

In February 2005, Hector On Stilts played to a crowd of nearly 2,000 as the featured artist for the Rock2Rebuild Tsunami Benefit. Most recently, Same Height Relation track, "Tongue-Tied," was selected by Performing Songwriter Magazine's "Be Heard" Scholarships to this year's Kauai Music Festival. HOS was also invited to showcase at the 2005 North by Northeast Music Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Finally, Hector On Stilts has become the first band to be part of the Storefront Artist Project (www.storefrontartist.org), an artists group intent on turning the once moribund ex-GE company town of Pittsfield into the Brooklyn of the Berkshires.


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Derek "Big D"

Do you like blueberries? Yes I do. Yes I do.
This is a great album. I recieved it from my bro-in law who coincidentally knows the band, and we were able to hang out for a short while. But I digress: These songs will be stuck in your head all day, and you'll love it.

Derek "Big D"

Do you like blueberries? Yes I do. Yes I do.
This is a great album. I recieved it from my bro-in law who coincidentally knows the band, and we were able to hang out for a short while. But I digress: These songs will be stuck in your head all day, and you'll love it.

flo

fantastic!
clayton and jeb have infused this cd with their sweet, lyrical, and impish personalities. i play some of their songs for my indoor cycling class, and the folks love it. "winterland" is a phenomenally moving piece. thanks, guys!

Annie

The BEST tunes for my iPod!!
This album is so great! Everyone who hears it asks me about it and wants more!! I've been jamming to it on the beach, in the car and when I'm in NY, the subway!! Congrats boys on an album very, very well done!!!

Tegan

An AMAZING CD!
This CD is fantastic, I love everything about it. I definately recommend it to anyone considering purchasing it. Also, the service is very good. Hector On Stilts is a great unique band with loads of talent and personality.

Heather

These Guys will be HUGE!!! They are RAD.
I Love,Love song Squares into Circles, ya know, along with the rest of em'...but I love, love that one especially. And Taxi.... very lounge. I listen to it daily, the old fashion way, on a CD.

Jeanne

You gotta get this CD! It is totally fantastic, fun, gorgeous music!
I love this music so much! My fave songs are La Dee Da, Rhyme Like Me, and Squares Into Circles. Squares is so infectiously upbeat, it should be bottled and sold as an antidepressant - I kid you not! Buy this CD, you will NOT regret it!

JB

A must have for ANY music collection!
This album has the most entertaining, innovative songs! I LOVE IT! Whether I'm running around town, at the gym or chillin' in the evening..this album has it all! Thanks guys..YOU ROCK! Keep 'em coming!

Alethia

Thoughtful, witty, inventive music. These guys are really talented.
I love all the tracks but my favorite is "Annie". Jeb and Clayton's wicked sense of humor spices their music up like a shot of whiskey in your morning coffee. Buy this CD -- it'll put a smile on your face.

Polo

Great CD
I got this cd from my friend Flo, I have never heard from Hector on stilts before, so I did not have any pre concieved ideas about the record. It is fresh, has a clean sound, I love it. Winterland is definitely my favorite piece. You won't regret getting the album
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