Helms Alee share video for ‘Tripping Up The Stairs’ from forthcoming album ‘Keep This Be The Way’

By April 7, 2022 Culture, News

Seattle three-piece Helms Alee announced a new album Keep This Be The Way for April 29th via Sargent House earlier this month and today they’re back with the final single before it’s release.

Tripping Up The Stairs” pits nightmarish synths against a barrage of distortion and is accompanied with an Apocalypse Now meets Swamp Thing styled video focused on the concept of control. The director Ron Harrell notes:

“The idea that I wanted to convey when we set out filming the video was an uncomplicated yet visually compelling version of finding said control. To me it became as simple as floating at sea and finding sure footing on land. Helms Alee has a pretty hydrous identity as it is, so incorporating that part came naturally. I had an initial cut of the video that was a little cleaner and realistic, visually speaking. The band saw it and, what I heard them say was “that’s great, now fuck it up”. So I fucked it up and this is the result.”

On the collaboration, the band says:

“Ron Harrell is one of our dearest friends, so it felt very easy and natural to be directed into vulnerable states by him. Having been by our side through most of the creation of our latest record via assisting with engineering, contributing thoughts and ideas, and generally being a friend to us, it made perfect sense to collaborate with him in this format. Photography and videography are natural ways that Ron expresses his love of life. That is made clear by the visual beauty of this video. He took a complicated feeling and created a weird fever dreamscape story to express that feeling. He applied his empathetic nature to incorporate the feelings/needs of the band while sculpting a story only he knew how to tell.”

KEEP THIS BE THE WAY TRACKLISTING

1. See Sights Smell Smells – official video

2. Keep This Be The Way

3. How Party Do You Hard

4. Tripping Up The Stairs – official video

5. Big Louise

6. Do Not Expose to the Burning Sun

7. The Middle Half

8. Mouth Thinker

9. Three Cheeks To The Wind

10. Guts for Brains

Helms Alee will also be on tour with label mates Russian Circles in support of this album. They will also be appearing at Roadburn FestivalTickets and more info available here. 

EU 2022 with Russian Circles:

APRIL 14 PRAGUE, CZ – LUCERNA MUSIC BAR

APRIL 16 MONTHEY, CH – PONT ROUGE

APRIL 17 ZURICH, CH – ROTE FABRIK

APRIL 18 MUNICH, DE – AMPERE

APRIL 20 ESCH SUR ALZETTE, LUX – KULTURFABRIK

APRIL 21 TILBURG, NL – ROADBURN FESTIVAL

APRIL 22 PARIS, FR – BATACLAN

APRIL 23 ORLEANS, FR – ASTROLABE

APRIL 24 NANTES, FR – WAREHOUSE

APRIL 26 TOULOUSE, FR – METRONUM

APRIL 27 BIARRITZ, FR – ATABAL

APRIL 28 MADRID, ES – SALA MON

APRIL 29 PORTO, PT – HARD CLUB

APRIL 30 LISBON, PT – LISBOA AO VIVO

MAY 01 SEVILLA, ES – SALA CUSTOM

MAY 03 BARCELONA, ES – LA2

MAY 05 MILAN, IT – CIRCOLO MAGNOLIA

MAY 06 ROME, IT – ORION CLUB

MAY 07 BOLOGNA, IT – TPO

MAY 09 RIJEKA, HR – POGON KULTURE

MAY 10 BUDAPEST, HUN – AKVARIUM KLUB

MAY 11 VIENNA, AT – FLEX

MAY 12 LEIPZIG, DE – CONNE ISLAND

MAY 14 LOHR AM MAIN, DE – SOUTH OF SILENCE FEST

MAY 15 BERLIN, DE – ASTRA

MAY 17 GOTHENBURG, SE – MUSIKENSHUS

MAY 18 STOCKHOLM, SE – SLAKTKYRKAN

MAY 20 OSLO, NO – PARKTEATRET

MAY 21 COPENHAGEN, DK – A COLOSSAL WEEKEND

MAY 22 HAMBURG, DE – GRUENSPAN

MAY 23 KOLN, DE – DIE KANTINE

MAY 24 ANTWERP, BE – TRIX