Indie Pop/Rock trio Donora have released the Official Video for “Take My Heart” off their upcoming Ha Ha Heart album, out December 9, 2014 on Rostrum Records.
“Lyrically this song is about giving in to love, even though it might be painful or scary or hard. It’s about recognizing how everything we feel makes us who we are. And not being afraid of that.” – Casey Hanner
“This is the first song we wrote for the new album, as well as the first track we finished mixing. It’s the song we’ve been living with for the longest and I think it’s still our favorite on the album.” – Jake Hanner
“Take My Heart lets us all shine as individuals, but drives together to create something sonically fantastic.” – Jake Churton
Instantly receive two tracks when you preorder Donora’s Ha Ha Heart on iTunes
Catch Donora Live:
11/21 @ Light Up Night in Pittsburgh, PA
11/29 @ The Space Bar in Columbus, OH
12/06 @ Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA (Acoustic Show)
Tune in to WYEP 91.3 in Pittsburgh, PA on 12/05 to catch Donora’s in studio radio performance
Jake Hanner met the future lead singer of his band a few hours after she was born. He was disappointed she was a girl and cried. Eighteen years later, Jake got over it, and he and sister Casey decided to start a band. “We didn’t grow up listening to a lot of the same music,” explains Casey, “but when we started writing together, we realized that we approached creating music in the same way.” The brother sister duo also quickly realized that their shared upbringing could translate to solid pop tunes.
Casey sings and plays an old black and white Silvertone guitar while Jake H plays drums, triggers samples from his octapad, and sings backup. Bassist Jake Churton, the studied musician of the group, entered the picture when brother and sister decided to complete their live band. “One day the guy we hired to play keyboard couldn’t make it to practice,” remembers Jake H, “So Jake C started playing the lead keyboard lick with his bass. Casey and I just looked at each other and both knew we had found our third member.” After shooting down Casey’s idea to name the band “Casey and the Jakes,” they became Donora.
The recording process has always been a family affair for Donora, with Churton an honorary member. The Hanners were raised in a musical household, living over the recording studio their father runs. It was their father who suggested the duo even play together in the first place. Casey’s bedroom was directly above the studio’s control room, and she attributes her ability to sleep through anything to this fact. Jake grew up watching his father in the studio and happened to pick up a thing or two. He recently built his own studio where he engineers and produces the band’s albums. “I wanted a place where we could come together as a band and just create, “ Jake H explains of the band’s new recording home.
Donora’s third full-length release on Rostrum Records is titled “Ha Ha Heart”. As the band puts it, this album is about letting go of everything that is holding you back; it’s about celebrating who you are. Casey explains, “We wanted to be as honest as we could be with this album. From the creative process, to the music itself, to the artwork… This is us.”
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