If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.
Of course, as The Helio Sequence have come to realize, the reverse is just as true: If it’s broke, you better damn well fix it.
It’s an approach to their music cultivated out of the Portland duo’s 2005 dilemma. Fresh off of 2004 release, Love and Distance, and tours with the likes of Modest Mouse, Blonde Redhead and Kings of Leon, The Helio Sequence–composed of Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel– was poised to become Sub Pop’s newest eclectic darling. Cue crisis.
While on tour, guitarist and lead singer, Brandon Summers began to realize that his vocal cords were unable to keep up with the band’s frenetic pace and by early the next year a doctor advised him to take a hiatus from singing. But for a band on the rise, the diagnosis while alarming, wasn’t acceptable. Instead of turning into the newest post-rock duo, The Helio Sequence tried something new, with Summers beginning extensive oral exercises to change his vocal execution.