Originating from one of the most isolated cities in the world, West Aussie based hard rock outfit Hailmary, are living proof that raw talent, ambition and a kick ass work ethic can pay off in today’s challenging live music landscape.
Renowned as one the hardest working independent bands currently breaking through, their strong live performance has solidified them as one of Australia’s best emerging heavy/hard rock bands with an ever-increasing army of loyal fans.
With hook driven vocal choruses and a pummelling backline, Hailmary blends elements of dirty ballsy hard rock with sludgy stoner riffs, a grungy bottom end tinged at times with a sexy southern swagger to create a style that is uniquely their own.
In 2014 the momentum will continue to build as Hailmary get set to drop their first release for the year, “Navigate The Sunrise” a 5 track EP due for release on May 16 and prepare to embark on their first Australian Tour.
The “Navigate The Sunrise Australian Tour” is a 16 date, 6 State run of shows which kicks off on Thursday May 28 in Adelaide and finishes up in Bunbury in their home State of WA on Saturday June 29 and includes spots on the Wallapalooza Festival on the Gold Coast (June 8) and at the Rock N Load Festival in Melbourne (June 21).
Navigate The Sunrise was recorded at Vasectomy Studio in the hills of Perth, WA, engineered by Hailmary drummer Vassya Shevstov with co-production by Shevstov, Hailmary singer/songwriter Kevin Curran along term Hailmary collaborator and world renowned Producer, Jeff Tomei (Jerry Cantrell, Smashing Pumpkins, Skid Row) out of his Cock of The Walk Studio in Atlanta, USA, with mastering by Glenn Schick at GSM in Seattle, USA.
The EP features Hailmary Members; Kevin Curran (Vocals / Guitar), Vas Shevstov (Drums / Percussion / Vocals), Todd Fishwick (Guitar / Vocals), and Ben Elphick (Guitar / Vocals).
One of the biggest obstacles Hailmary faced in the Navigate The Sunrise campaign was that, despite searching far and wide, the band was still without a permanent bass player following the departure of Nairn McKay in mid 2013.
Thankfully, 2 of the best 4 stringers around stepped in to fill the void with fellow West Aussie, the uber talented and world class Jon Stockman playing bass on all NTS tracks and Melbourne’s Mick Quee from legendary Australian rockers – Dead City Ruins taking on bass duties for the Tour.
There is no doubting that 2013 was the “game-changer” year for the band following the November 2012 release and relentless touring of their debut Album “Choice Path Consequence Solution” (CPCS) which was recorded over a 2 month period at Tomei’s Studio in the US.
The Album, which followed two previously well credentialed and WAMi Award winning EP’s “Lottery of Life” and “A Million Miles and Days” received strong national and international airplay, (traditional and online) and a stack of solid reviews and media interest particularly throughout the US, Europe and Australia and was the catalyst in Hailmary increasing their profile from that of a “local” Perth band to one with a national and indeed international profile.
Via a successful AMRAP and AirIt application over 60 community radio stations have played songs from the debut Album with a large percentage adding to regular playlists, along with airplay from Andrew Haug on Haug Radio and national commercial airplay on Triple M with Higgo.
The official Film Clip from the Album for the lead track “Yellow Light of Death” was exclusively launched by Heavy Mag on Feb 26, 2014 along with an international digital re-release of a deluxe version of the CPCS Album featuring acoustic renditions of both “Yellow Light of Death” and “Control Freak”. The fact that two of the heaviest songs on the Album translated well into acoustic mode is a testament to the ability of singer/songwriter Kevin Curran.
Since setting foot on the on the iconic Espy Front bar stage in St Kilda at the inaugural Rock N Load Festival in 2012 so many doors have opened for Hailmary and they have grabbed at every opportunity since offered.
By the end of 2013, interest in the live shows from Victorian promoters, bands and fans was such that in 18 months they had racked up over 170,000kms in air travel and completed 8 Victorian tours and 45+ Victorian shows, including Festivals – Rock N Load, Brew-Tality Fest and Rock the Bay and shared the stage with many of the top emerging Aussie rock metal and alternate acts including The Beards, Electric Mary, Sleep Parade, King of the North, EMPRA, The Deep End, MASSIVE, Gay Paris, My Left Boot, My Dynamite, Palace of the King, Bronson, Witchgrinder and Jericco.
No wonder they are often referred to as the “The Melbourne band that lives in Perth” or that they hail from “Perbourne”.
Hailmary are poised to take it to the next level and their 2014 tour schedule and plans to hit Europe and the UK in 2015 will certainly keep these road warriors racking up frequent flyer points and fans both nationally and internationally.