Daniel hales, and the frost heaves. is an eclectic ensemble that hales from the frosty wilds of western Massachusetts. They released the ep “Bridges Freeze First” in 2008 and the full length album “Frost Heaves” in 2009. The core of the current lineup is Daniel, James Lowe and Ivan Ussach although other auxiliary players will often show up when it’s time to do some heaving.
Here’s the blog: “It’s Not The Band I Hate, It’s Their Fans,” on their debut album:
“With each listen, the album grows more and more reflective, striking a perfect balance between moments of quiet meditation and tripped out mind expansion, creating a sound that is difficult to pigeonhole, yet easy to digest…There is something very refreshing about the debut release by Daniel Hales and the Frost Heaves. It’s becoming increasingly rare in the circles of indie rock to hear an artist whose lyrics are obviously the work of a well read and intelligent individual, while still maintaining a simplicity that keeps the artist from coming across as an arrogant jerk. Daniel Hales manages to accomplish this amazing feat with ease, as Frost Heaves is a warm, endearing album that is smart, yet free from all pretentiousness…The album really shifts into high gear with the psychedelia of Loose Thread, where the slight twang of Hales’ voice is still in tact, but when enshrouded in the midst of swirling guitars and trippy percussion, it comes across as something totally different. Shepherd Of Lost Shopping Carts is a breezier number with a dreamy psych pop sound that is nothing short of intoxicating."
released April 9, 2009
All words and music by Daniel Hales (c) 2009
except "Vacationland," music by Daniel and Matt Beers.
Produced by Norm Demoura and Daniel
Mixed by Norm Demoura
Mastered by Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital, Southboro, MA
Recorded at Harmonium Studio, Haydenville, MA by Norm Demoura (www.harmoniumstudio.com
); Sow's Ear Studio, Easthampton, MA by Scott Coar; Algorythm Analog, Greenfield, MA by Daniel.
Graphic design by Marissa Filippone (www.marissafilippone.com
Photos and collage by Daniel.
Special thanks to Norm, Marissa, Matt, Joel, Earl, Franny, The Ambiguities, everyone who played and sang, everyone who's listening.