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Hailmary – Debut Album Release – East Coast/West Coast Tour (Feb-Mar)

| 29 January 2013 | Reply
Hailmary - Kevin Curran 2nd from right

Hailmary – Kevin Curran 2nd from right

2013 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet for Perth’s Hailmary as they launch their debut Album “Choice – Path – Consequence Solution” to the West Coast / East Coast Tour (Feb 14-Mar3) including playing the renowned “28 band 3 stage”  “Rock the Bay” Festival at The Espy on Saturday February 16 with The Beards, Electric Mary, Sleepsmakeswaves, Engine Three Seven, New Skinn, Sleep Parade, King of the North, Bellusira, Moroccan Kings and High Side Driver just to name a few.

Hailmary continue to build a solid fan base in Melbourne and regional Victoria, evidenced by this being their 4th tour to the music capital in the last 12 months.  Along with Rock The Bay, the tour include dates with Melbourne’s own EMPRA, The Mercy Kills and Destroy She Said in both regional (Ballarat, Geelong, Bendigo) and metro Vic.
The former WAMi Award round off the Tour with 4 dates of West Coast showcase gigs in Perth, Albany, Bunbury and Fremantle (Feb 28-Mar 3) sharing the stage with EMPRA in their lead up to their USA tour.
“One of the strongest progressions on the album is Curran’s vocals – his range is not only broader, but the diversity his vocal chords display is quite amazing.  “Choice – Path – Consequence – Solution” is a fascinating album full of light and shade, and is the clearest definition yet of Hailmary’s unique style.  In short, the album has the potential to be a game changer for the band, and they aren’t content to sit around waiting for things to happen for them.”  November, 2012 Shane Pinnegar – Xpress Magazine / 100% Rock Magazine.
FULL BIOGRPAHY
Originating from one of the most isolated cities in the world, Perth hard rockers, Hailmary are rapidly becoming a shining example of what the modern rock world has to offer, combining big grunge tinged riffs with a classic rock approach.

With a passionate delivery and hard work ethic, this is a band that isn’t afraid to step out of their comfort zone.  This was evident when they spent2 months in the United States recording their debut Album  “Choice – Path – Consequence Solution” (release 2012 West Coast / 2013 East Coast) with world renowned Producer, Jeff Tomei (Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Matchbox 20, Corrosion of Conformity) at the Cock of the Walk Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

In February 2012, the band released the first single from the Album, a split A side called “Reminiscence / Two Wrongs”.  In support of this release Hailmary toured the East Coast three times in 2012, including playing at the inaugural Rock N Load Festival at The Espy in Melbourne as well as sharing the stage with some of Melbourne’s best up and coming rock acts including Electric Mary, King of the North, My Left Boot, Bugdust and The Charge.

The debut Album takes Hailmary’s sound to another level with tracks like “Yellow Light of Death” and “Monday Mundane” showcasing the bands’ heavier side, whilst “Reminiscence” and “Running Away” offer a more commercial sound.   The Album also features guest bassist Josh Sattler, formerly of Atlanta based DoubleDrive and Speed X playing on three 3 tracks.

This was the second time that Hailmary had worked with Tomei in the USA, having recorded their second EP “A Million Miles and Days” with him in 2009.  Following this, Hailmary had the opportunity to play their first American shows, with a highlight gig at the Kennesaw State University.    Upon their return the EP was released to a “sold-out” crowd at Perth’s Amplifier Room and featured straight up rock tracks “Live it and Breathe” and “Brining out the Best”.  The EP has received international, national and state airplay on commercial, community, college and internet radio stations.

In 2006, their first year as a band, Hailmary won the 2006 WAMi Song of the Year Award (WA  Music Industry) in the heavy rock/metal category with a demo version of “Drag In Drag Out”. This track featured on their 2008 debut EP Release “Lottery of Life” which also included 2 further tracks which were finalists in the 2007 and 2008 WAMi’s in the same category.  The EP received acclaim by national press, often comparing it to the grunge sounds of the early 90’s with a modern edge.

VIC/WA TOUR
DATE        VENUE                        LINEUP
THU 14 FEB    Graveyard at The Vineyard, St Kilda, VIC        Hailmary, The Mercy Kills, Love Likes Hate (QLD)
FRI 15 FEB    Collision at Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC        Hailmary, The Electric SunKings, and The Shanghai Times
SAT 16FEB    Rock the Bay Festival, The Espy, St Kilda, VIC        28 Bands, 3 Stages – headliners The Beards / Electric Mary
WED 20 FEB    Collage at The Espy, St Kilda, VIC            Hailmary, Virtue, Humans as Animals
THU 21 FEB    Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC            Hailmary, Destroy She Said, The Shanghai Times, The Louds
FRI 22 FEB    Newmarket Hotel, Bendigo, VIC            Hailmary, EMPRA, The Shanghai Times and BLACKBiRD
SAT 23 FEB    Grumpy’s Green, Fitzroy, VIC            Hailmary, EMPRA
THU 28 FEB    Mustang Bar, Perth, WA                Hailmary, EMPRA, The Brown Study Band
FRI 1 MAR    White Star, Albany, WA                Hailmary, EMPRA
FRI 1 MAR    Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA            Hailmary, EMPRA
SAT 2 MAR    Railway Hotel, Fremantle WA            10 Bands, 2 Stages, Hailmary, EMPRA ++++++++

BAND LINKS
Listen:        http://www.facebook.com/#!/hailmarybandpage/app_204974879526524
EPK:                 http://www.sonicbids.com/2/EPK/?epk_id=85657 (Inc 3 radio quality tracks)
Facebook:         http://www.facebook.com/hailmarybandpage
MySpace           http://www.myspace.com/hailmaryband
YouTube:           http://www.youtube.com/hailmaryband

PRESS QUOTES
“One of the strongest progressions on the album is Curran’s vocals – his range is not only broader, but the diversity his vocal chords display is quite amazing.  Choice – Path – Consequence – Solution is a fascinating album full of light and shade, and is the clearest definition yet of Hailmary’s unique style.  In short, the album has the potential to be a game changer for the band, and they aren’t content to sit around waiting for things to happen for them.”  November 2012 Shane Pinnegar – Xpress Magazine / 100% Rock Mag

“Hailmary had a helluva job following a set  (EMPRA) like this, but they showed all the class and talent they are reknowned for, with an impressive 40 minutes of hard rockers spiked with a sinister Alice In Chains edge.” Shane Pinnegar  – Xpress Magazine

“The band have improved no end over the last 12 months, and the distance between them and their peers was immediately obvious.  If you did the ‘90s heavy rock thing you’re going to be at home listening to these guys. Bands like Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam all seem to have a place in the Hailmary sound, and from the crowd’s reaction it’s a good mix.  While each of the lads fired tonight it was the cohesion that proved to be the band’s greatest strength. They laid down a rock solid set and gave their new record the welcome it deserves.” Grant McCullouch, Xpress Magazine

“Singer Kevin has a raw-edge brooding style that would do Eddie Vedder proud, and the guitars are fat, heavy, and dirty with distortion, in the best possible way.”  Tephanis, www.thedwarf.com.au

“Hailmary boast a Layne Staley sensibility coupled with an open-minded classic rock-sprinkled approach. They impress with a mixed bag of tunes – they sound like U2 meeting Coldplay in a dark alley one minute, then a Moroccan Doors tribute act the next, with all sorts of other influences thrown into the melting pot. With tunes such as their 2008’s WAM rock song of the year ‘Drag In Drag Out’, and frontman Kevin Curran’s sheer star-in-waiting attitude Hailmary could get very big, very soon.” www.therockpit.net

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