Hi Lo Ha (from the E.P. Ain’t Gone Tonight)
When Hi Lo Ha turn the dial for “Radio” on their recent E.P., Ain’t Gone Tonight, the San Francisco, California-based four-piece return to an old neighborhood, immediately hearing crackle coming from the speakers. The sound traveling from the past into the present moment carries the joyful abandon of Rock’n’Roll, jangly guitars against a potent backbeat. Ain’t Gone Tonight embraces the sound and spirit of Rock’n’Roll, using the basic format as a stock for the E.P.’s sonic soup, Hi Lo Ha adding in healthy doses of audio tastes with dashes of Indie Rock, Americana, Folk, and Psychedelia.
Ragged guitar chords trudge like the tour van tires slapping the blacktop underneath as Hi Lo Ha dream of drink tickets and hand stamps on the Folk Rock of “Guest List”, namechecking the E.P. title in the track as they look to next year gigs while pointing out ‘we’re gone tomorrow but we ain’t gone tonight’. The music of Ain’t Gone Tonight is an ever-moving juggernaut, Ben Reisdorph’s vocals holding firmly to the story, telling the tales with an almost conversational delivery as Hi Lo Ha don “Cold Weather Clothes” on as the triphammer hits of Afrobeat guitar licks tickle the melody. World music rhythms and tones are the background sound for “Come Down”, Hi Lo Ha closing out Ain’t Gone Tonight with a goodbye played out on barrelhouse piano beats and southern rock guitar struts for the thoughts of “Thinking ‘Bout a Friend”.
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