Intense Maelstrom beckons Melvins & Dickless fans, meet HELDIN

By on May 21, 2012


Album features melodic blues and pulverizing swampy metal riffs
overlaid with Aubrey Smith’s entrancing whiskey soaked vocals.

Brooklyn, NY, May 18, 2012 – Heldin debut titled, Profungalactic, recorded at Seizures Palace (Swans, Khanate, Ovo) in Brooklyn, NY by Jason LaFarge, will be released digitally June 5, 2012 and on CD June 26, 2012.  Heldin is a rock quartet that hails from Brooklyn’s waterfront area, Red Hook. The band is fronted by Aubrey Smith, the “diminutive pirate queen,” as she is hailed by her band mates.

The self-released EP contains five songs that range from heavy rock tracks like “On The Nose,” to eerie and hypnotic numbers like “You Picked The Wrong Cow.” The title track, “Profungalactic,” is an expression in dynamic vocals, dirty slide guitar and explosive drums. Rounding out the EP are “No Toto,” a sludgy song about a dog and “Love Song,” a twisted ode to love and melody.

Profungalactic, features Aubrey Smith (Broken Social Scene, The Batterie and Percy Jones & the MJ-12) on vocals and keyboards; Phil Kester (Gongzilla, Elliptical Ferns, Drumplay and The Batterie) on drums;  Scott Murchison (Chicken Missile and Nymph) on guitars. The current live line-up includes Jason LaFarge playing bass who has previously played in Hallux and Pineal Ventana and Frank McDermott from We Are All Savages playing guitars.

Musical influences include Harvey Milk, Melvins and Dickless. Heldin has shared the stage with acts like Dub Trio, Kayo Dot, Dysrhythmia and Wizardry winning over audiences in New York City since 2011.  Visit the band online at, on Twitter @heldinband and on Facebook.

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Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.