Helvetia announces new LP ‘Dromomania’ + stream lead single

Helvetia, led by Built To Spill bassist Jason Albertini, has announced its new LP, ‘Dromomania,’ out October 2nd via Joyful Noise. The band’s first release since 2012’s ‘Nothing In Rambling,’ it’s currently available for pre-order on vinyl, CD, and digitally, with 500 VIP copies available on split-color splattered vinyl (w/ bonus “lost album” 12″).

For a taste of the new album, you can stream lead single A Dot Running for the Dust via Soundcloud below.

Helvetia (pronounced “hel-vee-shuh”) is rounded out by Albertini’s former Duster bandmate Dove Amber, Zeke Howard (formerly of Love As Laughter), Samantha Stifham, and Jim Roth (also of Built To Spill.)

Known for recording most of Helvetia’s albums himself on a 4-track, Albertini’s songs are raw, experimental, and psych-tinged. On ‘Dromomania,’ he pairs the simplicity of ’70s Kinks with the randomness of The Residents and a good dose of Captain Beefheart, topped off with influences that range from third-wave hardcore to Neu-like trance rock.

Shortly after the release of ‘Nothing In Rambling,’ Albertini started recording new material at his home studio. After nearly finishing a new full-length album, a computer meltdown occurred and the entire album was lost. After a long cry, Albertini accepted the loss and moved on to write and record a completely different album: ‘Dromomania’.

However, through a bit of luck and hard-drive-wizardry, Albertini was eventually able to recover the “lost album”…and Joyful Noise is including the entire LP as a bonus 12” with the VIP edition vinyl (ltd to 500). This is super cool since you get two split / splatter vinyls in the limited edition version!

Dromomania Helvetia cover‘Dromomania’ track list:
1. Bermuda
2. The Rubber Maids
3. A Dot Running for the Dust
4. Rebel Beans
5. Crumbs Like Saucers
6. Shower Radio
7. Psychomagic
8. See Saw Sow
9. Olaf
10. Pink Finish
11. Dromomania
12. Feeling The Warm Hair


You can check out Helvetia live when they play a few shows across North America – see listing below.

Tour dates:
9/29: Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
9/30: Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
10/1: Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
10/2: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer*
10/3: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
10/4: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre*
10/6: Louisville, KY @ Headliners*
10/7: Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck*
10/8: Fort Collins, CO @ Downtown Artery
10/16: Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club
10/17: Seattle, WA @ Barboza
10/24: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
* with Built To Spill

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