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Boxing Day Music with HelloLisa
26th December 2017
Originally formed over a decade ago as a quintet, HelloLisa is now a 7-piece indie band, combining poetic harmonies with catchy riffs and a bouncing rock beat.
Today, the Colioure-based band has finally found the perfect composition. Their light-hearted sound is a musical representation of the band’s underlying ethos of community and conviviality, but also a story of friendship between 6 boys and 1 girl and even a love story between 2 of them.
Juggling the lives and work commitments of 7 people is no mean feat and just goes to show the dedication Hello Lisa consecrate to their music. Practicing once a week, gigging at weekends and touring during school holidays, this band proves that music demands sacrifice, determination and the organisational skills of a military unit.
On the flip side, the family ambiance is palpable from the outset. United by their passion for music and their love of the British Indie scene, these school friends have never placed an ad for band members. Instead, growing and evolving organically, the authentic feel-good vibes invite audiences to join them in their party.
Over 10 years, HelloLisa have released 3 EPs and composed plenty of great tracks. Comfortable with their set up, they have now recorded their first album: Laughters, Drinks and Jiving Along. The album is almost a greatest hits compilation, documenting the musical evolution of the band over the years. Released on 16th April, it has been well received by fans and the French national press. The band shared their favourite track, Lilo and John Wayne, with some of their idols via social media and received positive feedback from greats such as Belle and Sebastien. The Charlatan’s lead man, Tim Burgess, even retweeted the track to his 100,000 followers and invited the band to perform at the acclaimed Isle of Wight festival, alongside Faithless and the Who.
After winning a place at les Déferlantes 2016 thanks to a competition for local talent run by festival organisers, HelloLisa secured their name on the lineup. When asked how they felt about their first big festival experience, the band replied that they were astounded, and honoured, to be playing alongside Peter Hook, former guitarist of Joy Division; a key influence in their musical development.
HelloLisa are truly a homegrown local band. Described as ‘a genre of sunshine pop that also embraces the shade’ this band of 3 guitars and 3 voices, with a passion for Anglo Saxon indie music, is a story of friendship between 6 boys and 1 girl and even a love story between 2 of them.