Rock With A Twist
Helm have shrugged off constant attempts to pin the band to any particular genre, rather defining themselves simply as a rock act.
This simplicity contrasts with their music, which is nothing of the sort. Their work acknowledges a taste for the experimental, elevating a greater dimension, which vocalist/ guitarist Lucas Stone admits is a natural expression. â€œThat's what comes out of us and that's what we do. It's not like we can choose anything different. If we started doing something else, it wouldn't be the band,â€ he says.
Opting to include the best of hard, pulsating and heavy rock alongside the more delicate side has worked much to their advantage, particularly in creating the chief vibe associated with the act.
With a work ethic that matches their ambitions, theyâ€™ve managed to conjure two independent releases, both of which have received a warm reception. â€œIt couldn't be better. We couldn't be more grateful on all levels, considering we're a band that hasn't received much major help from anyone. The response we've had at roots level â€¦ it's been nothing but 100 percent positive, so we can't complain, you know. We love the fans and it's been great for sure.â€
Despite difficulties receiving airplay, Helm strive not to compromise their sound and hold true to their mixed bag of sounds. â€œDiversity is the most important thing. Bands like us tend to come under fire a lot. I think humans have a tendency or a need to find common ground in everything. The first thing that most people do when they hear something is say it sounds like 'such and such'.
â€œI guess within our sound and with our style, we try to defy that bit because we have our own thing and it obviously irks some people, and, I hope it does - you can't please everyone.â€
The remainder of the year is filled with a number of different tour ventures, which Helm take pleasure in both the relentlessness and nature of their gigs. â€œWe pride ourselves on the fact that what you hear on the CD you get live, plus a whole show as well. You don't want to put out a great CD then be fucking shithouse live. We try and make sure that it's close to the mark as possible, if not better.â€
HELM PLAY THE HAMILTON HOTEL FRIDAY JUNE 10.