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Biography

Daniel hales, and the frost heaves. is an eclectic ensemble that hales from the frosty wilds of western Massachusetts. They released the ep, "Bridges Freeze First" in 2008 and the full length album "Frost Heaves" in 2009. The core of the current lineup is Daniel, James Lowe, Charlie Conant, Ivan Usach, and Emily Breines, although other auxiliary players will often show up when it's time to do some heaving.

Here's the blog: "It's Not The Band I Hate, It's Their Fans," on their debut album:

"With each listen, the album grows more and more reflective, striking a perfect balance between moments of quiet meditation and tripped out mind expansion, creating a sound that is difficult to pigeonhole, yet easy to digest…There is something very refreshing about the debut release by Daniel Hales and the Frost Heaves. It's becoming increasingly rare in the circles of indie rock to hear an artist whose lyrics are obviously the work of a well read and intelligent individual, while still maintaining a simplicity that keeps the artist from coming across as an arrogant jerk. Daniel Hales manages to accomplish this amazing feat with ease, as Frost Heaves is a warm, endearing album that is smart, yet free from all pretentiousness…The album really shifts into high gear with the psychedelia of Loose Thread, where the slight twang of Hales' voice is still in tact, but when enshrouded in the midst of swirling guitars and trippy percussion, it comes across as something totally different. Shepherd Of Lost Shopping Carts is a breezier number with a dreamy psych pop sound that is nothing short of intoxicating. Other highlights are the straight ahead REM rocker Wrong Meter, the crazy psychobilly romp of Questions For A Carjacker and the truly epic ambiance of Discontinued Road. The title track is easily the most eclectic track on the album, as it meanders on with a psychedelic glow that would be an odd ending to the album if it wasn't followed by a simple acoustic bonus track entitled Walking Home, which wraps up the entire Frost Heaves package nicely."

Or as the blog Hoboeye put it:

"Daniel Hales & The Frost Heaves, travel all over the musical map, drawing on a wide range of styles: alternative/indy without the smug hipsterism, Americana without the self pity, psychedelic without the hangover, rock without the rawk, pop without the saccharine, folk without the new age, experimental without the elitism. Like a good mix tape, The Frost Heaves blend these (and other) genres without their limitations and cliches."

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