Some of the best music is born in dorm room and study lounges in colleges around the world.
Just ask Gentlemen Hall, whose members joined forces while attending university almost ten years ago. Without a record deal or conventional rules to hamper the creative process, the young men were able to ply their pop sensibilities to their own unique woodwind-and-glockenspiel brand of folk-rock. A pair of DJs at Boston’s WFNX caught wind of the band’s up-tempo anthems at a house party—arriving just before the police—and started spinning some tunes on the air.
The sextet will play the Cambridge Room at House of Blues this Sunday, August 25th, with hometown blues-rockers Welshly Arms and indie trio Extra Medium Pony
Gentlemen Hall’s new single, “Sail Into the Sun,” is soaring on iTunes—and serves as the calling card for the group’s forthcoming full-length debut. Their first EP, Give Us Roots, Give Us Wings, dropped in 2010.
Their latest EP, When We All Disappear, earned the outfit an award for Best New Band 2012 in the Boston-Cambridge and the honor of being the first indie band to play the Billboard Music Awards. Since then, Gentlemen Hall tracks have popped up on TV shows like Pretty Little Liars and 90210, and commercials for Samsung and Target. It probably helped that the songs on …Disappear were produced with studio shaman Michael Seifert (Tori Amos, Guided by Voices, Regina Spektor).
Check out the band’s 2011 EP here:
Now the fellows are prepping for mainstream success, swapping Beantown frat parties and club dates for a string of shows across the Midwest. They’ll open for Mayer Hawthorne, Trampled by Turtles, and Mayer Hawthorne later this month.
Gentlemen Hall consists of Gavin Merlot and Cobi Mike (guitars, vocals), Phil Boucher (drums and percussion), Rory Given (bass), Bradford Alderman (keys), and Seth Hachen (flute and piccolo).
View the “Out of the Box” promotional video:
Gentlemen Hall with Welshly Arms, Extra Medium Pony. Sunday, August 25, 2013 at House of Blues Cleveland’s Cambridge Room. Tickets $8.00 / $10.00 DOS. Doors at 7:00pm.