At no point during their 12-year career has Helms Alee ever been the band of the moment, though the world would arguably be a better place for it. Instead, the Puget Sound trio has adhered to the tried-and-true traditions of the Pacific Northwest’s underground rock community—hole up in the practice space on rainy days, dime your amps, find some way of wrangling beauty out of the chronic gray skies, and pour everything you’ve got into your live shows. They’ve thrived not off any sort of niche tribalism, theatrics, or image cultivation, but by simply being a really fucking good band. And while their music may have eluded mainstream audiences, they’ve earned a reputation for being a band’s band. Whether being handpicked tourmates for artists as disparate as Melvins and Minus the Bear or included in carefully curated festivals like the metal summits at Roadburn and Psycho Las Vegas or the math-rock and post-everything bonanza ArcTanGent, Helms Alee’s balance of burly riffage, majestic melodies, and three-part vocal interplay continues to beguile heady rock fans.
After more than a decade of existence, five studio albums, and a slew of EPs, it’s easy to imagine Helms Alee continuing on in perpetuity as one of those tightly guarded cult artists with an extensive catalog of treasures just waiting for the uninitiated to discover the depths of their riches. Whether Noctiluca broadens Helms Alee’s base or simply reinforces their loyal following, it will do its namesake service by continuing to fervently glow in the hidden pockets of our world.
Helms Alee w/ Melvins May 2 Vancouver, BC @ The Venue May 3 Tacoma, WA @ The Spanish Ballroom at the Elks Temple Helms Alee w/ Earth May 24 Seattle, WA @ Neumos May 25 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge May 28 San Francisco, CA @ Great American May 29 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo May 30 San Diego, CA @ Casbah * May 31 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo June 1 Poenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge June 2 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister June 4 Austin, TX @ Barracuda June 5 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada June 6 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger * June 7 Houston, TX @ The Secret Group June 8 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon June 10 Orlando, FL @ Wills Pub June 11 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade June 12 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle June 14 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5 June 15 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar June 16 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s June 18 Somerville, MA @ ONCE Ballroom June 19 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge June 21 Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall June 22 Detroit, MI @ El Club June 23 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle June 24 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry June 25 Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s * June 27 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre June 28 SLC, UT @ Urban Lounge June 29 Boise, ID @ NeuroluxHelms Alee only * https://www.facebook.com/pg/HelmsAlee/about/?ref=page_internal