St Helens - Heavy Profession

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St Helens - Heavy Profession

Band Members:

Jarrod Quarrell (Vocals, guitar, keys, songs )

Hannah Brooks (Vocals)

Ian Wadley (Guitar, bass)

Lewis Boyes (Guitar, keys, backing vocals )

Damian Clarkson (Drums)

A cursory glance at the pre-history of St Helens
reveals one-degree-of separation from various
Melbourne substrata dwelling bands. But that
should only be a fleeting glance in the rear vision
mirror, because in every sense St Helens is
a start point.

The gravity that pulls the energies of the five
members together into something tangible, into the
distinct entity that is St Helens, is the song writing
skills of Jarrod Quarrell. Jarrod previously fronted
The New Season and (when there’s a full moon) he
still prowls the night as Lost Animal, performing
in minimalist solo mode.

St Helen’s formed to give voice to Jarrod’s songs.
Initially live shows were intentionally few and far
between. Despite this strategy word of the band’s
mercurial intensity and jaundiced vision quickly
spread. Four gigs in and they were opening for one of
New York’s finest, Blonde Redhead. Since then they
have played consistently along the east coast.

Jarrod admits to the influence of Brian Eno,
Suicide, Neil Young and Outkast’s ‘Stankonia’ on
Heavy Profession. At the heart of the album are
Jarrod’s songs. They journey through those nebulous
moments where long nights become early mornings,
where pleasure and jeopardy become entangled,
where our love for our friends is caught in the twilight
of suspecting we should really stop hanging around
with them.

Heavy Profession captures all of this as the band
embroider Jarrod’s world weary but ultimately victorious
songs with quixotic guitar interplay, slightly removed,
tender, intertwining vocals and a stealthful rhythmic
undercurrent that has audiences wondering if maybe
they should be dancing.

(By the way - that would be very cool).

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released April 11, 2009

Quotes:

“The sliced and diced art-punk
of Television... presented with
an amphetamine and punk skill…
A debut album is due. This is
an event certainly warranting
close attention” -Beat

“A band to keep an eye on” Inpress
“Have built themselves a
reputation for having razor sharp
guitar interplay and bitter-sweet,
intertwining vocals” -Triple J

“Jarrod Quarrell is the epicentre
of the group, pinning together
the songs with their world-weary
melodies, with a slight menace
ever present in the background.
It is a delight to hear the dual
vocal interplay of Jarrod and
Hannah Brooks, working
together” -Faster Louder

“If this is an indication of the
quality of the album, we’ll be in
for quite a treat” - (Single review) Mess & Noise

“St Helens have songs that’ll
tear you up in both the misty-eyed
and torn-to-shreds senses.
Led by tough romantic, Jarrod
Quarrell - this group plays a
blinding set of Royal Trux-infused,
balls-to-the-wall rock” - twothousand.com

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