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‘Montgomery band Hail the Titans release new album Aug. 26’

August 16, 2011

This was posted to AL.com today:

Montgomery band Hail the Titans release new album Aug. 26

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — The full-length Hail the Titans album “Hymns of Mare Nostrum” will be officially released at the band’s performance Aug. 26 at Head on the Door in Montgomery. Hellakopta of Love will open the show, which begins at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge.

Hail the Titans members Josh Carples, Wes Andrews, Trey Baldwin and Adam Davila. Courtesy of Pint Bottle Photography.

The album showcases the many musical layers of the band, which is made up of Wes Andrews, Trey Baldwin, Josh Carples and Adam Davila. There are many rock subgenres that could be used to describe it – post rock, progressive, ambient, experimental – but it seems rather difficult for people to nail down specifics.

Their live show encompasses the standard instruments you would expect from a rock band – guitars, bass and drums, but this four-piece brings in synthesizer keyboards, extra drum toms, a tambourine, theremins and sometimes even a whamola.

The album itself includes much more than that. The song “Wave Goodbye to the Shoreline; Hello Giant Squid,” which clocks in at over 11 minutes, includes many additional layers of noises, including a metal shopping cart, live birds, a Jeep ignition and lots more.

“We wanted the recording to capture the energy of a live show,” said Davila, “but we also wanted to be able to experiment with sound while in the studio.”

“Cesium,” the album’s first single, has been streaming online and has gotten some radio play. It can be heard locally on WXFX 95.1 the Fox.
While these four musicians have been performing for some time in different bands, Hail the Titans is relatively new.

“Our first show was on Halloween last year,” said Carples. “At that time, we didn’t even have a band name.”

Since that Halloween show the band has recorded and released a demo, recorded “Hymns of Mare Nostrum” and performed all over the Southeast, including opening shows in Birmingham for Jucifer and Maserati, playing a Mogwai after-party in Atlanta, and last month, performing at Alley Bar for the official Bullrun Rally when it stopped in Montgomery.

The band has been busy to say the least, but as Andrews says, “This is just the beginning.”

“We’ve put a lot of work into this album,” said Baldwin. “We’re excited to release it.”

The album was recorded by Chris Lantrip at Headless Dinosaur Recording in Montgomery. It was mastered by Jamie Uertz at Sarcophagus Studios in Opelika.
Two area artists brought out the visual aspect of the music. The cover and back art is a piece by Winfred Hawkins, who is the bassist for Hellakopta of Love. The inside and disc showcases an octopus drawn by Kevin Sanders.

“Hymns of Mare Nostrum” will be available for purchase at the Aug. 26 show, at Organic Hippie on Vaughn Road, as well as online through CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and many other online retailers.

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