Half Light Music’s origins can be traced back to the unfortunate and premature demise of Epic recording artist, Bliss 66. A band that found themselves getting regular local radio airplay before most of them had even graduated high school. The material also impressed producer Glen Ballard (Alanis Morrisette, Van Halen, Katy Perry), so much so that he signed them to his imprint label Java Records (then a division of Capitol Records). After achieving a fair amount of exposure and success touring their debut record, Trip To The 13th, they released another independent album and a few of the guys determined the life of a traveling musician wasn’t what they wanted so frontman and songwriter Cheyenne Goff found himself with a growing catalogue of material but lacking the right combination of players to bring the songs to life…Re-enter bassist Donnie Patty, who had shared the stage with Goff both in Bliss 66 and the Paper Street Saints, a Detroit based rock outfit that generated much local and regional success. As the cinders began to cool on that band, it just made sense for them to get back to their roots making hook oriented rock songs that folks could tap their foot and sing along to. And that is exactly what they’ve done with HLM. Goff was very early on influenced by bands like Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and Tom Petty (to name just a few) through his parents’ and, later on, by his own radio me’anderings and subsequent exposure to bands like Oasis, u2, The Cure and Matchbox 20, it was impressed upon him the importance of a good hook:
“I love it when I ‘m playing a show somewhere and an unfamiliar face is trying to sing along to a song they most likely haven’t heard before…or then got it by the end. That ability to connect with people with something original is what it‘s about“ - Goff
Along with lead guitarist Marty Yount, and drummer (& ex-‘66er’) Bob Cook , they have developed a sound that fuses rhythmic and melodic precision with Goff’s vivid and poetic lyricism; a union that enables the strong suits of each individual players’ skill set to shine. ..or, as DR2 puts it: “create music that clearly draws on a basic rock structure, but at the same time, offers a unique, defining sound that is completely [their] own.” One listen to the band’s earliest offerings, will serve as evidence to the claim.
Drawing comparisons to bands like Maroon 5 and Coldplay, the band insists they are not trying to “re-invent the wheel”, but on the contrary re-introduce a passionate and subsequently fresh approach to popular rock n’ roll. Taking cues from artists like Passion Pit and Death Cab For Cutie, they've also recognized the importance of expanding a song beyond it's origins, whatever those may be, with interestingly dark and danceable electro remixes...further proving their songwriting excellence and diversity.
Comments by Half Light Music
@docdetroitusn: you have a keen ear, my friend! it is indeed Cheyenne from bliss....Donnie & Bob as well....the song is available via iTunes or whatever your preferred internet music source or physical copies are available @ shows and thru USPS if you contact the band @ www.facebook.com/halflightmusic . :)
@aaabandproductions: thank you!!! you're remixes are the ish, bro....i would love to have u work on a mix or track a vocal to something of yours, bro....awesome thing you're doing. check out Half Light Music via spotify or iTunes to see what my non-demos sound like when you get a chance.
why Keith Green, bro? lolz...this is neat.
i like what you're doing, bro....this progression is tight. :)
sounds good, bro! helluva note @ the end, there! :)
@wizzhza: my boy, Mike Sonic from OttO Vector did the massaging from an original Half LIght Music track, "take this life".