The Harmaleighs w/ Hadiza
The Harmaleighs honestly craft poetic, passionate, and powerful songs cut from a pastiche of indie, folk, pop and Americana. In January 2015, The Harmaleighs—Haley Grant [lead vocals, guitar] and Kaylee Jasperson [bass, harmonies]—embarked on something of a modern odyssey in support of their independent, full-length debut, Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush. The band-mates and partners got rid of their Nashville apartment, put everything they owned in a storage unit, bought a van, equipped it with a bed, and hit the road with their 8-month-old pug Gus sleeping on the dash for the next nine months. The trials, tribulations, and triumphs of this trek would ultimately inspire their upcoming EP, Hiraeth, released on May 5.
“Hiraeth is a Welsh word that we stumbled upon while we were on tour,” says Kaylee. “It basically means, ‘Longing for a home.’ It’s a feeling of rootlessness and homesickness that we started to collectively feel around month six. By the end, we had burned out.”
“Even when we visited Nashville, we would be staying in a Walmart parking lot,” sighs Haley. “That’s where the whole concept came from. It’s the basis for this body of work.”
Little BIG Fest Community-Selected Artist and Iowa City band Hadiza takes its name after its leader Hadiza Kubura, who sings — sometimes in French, see “Langue Maternelle” — and plays piano. Regardless of your musical preferences, Hadizatranscends genres to create music that’s just plain good. Kubura’s rich vocals are simply delightful to listen to and are perfectly complemented by her careful piano playing for a sound the band’s Facebook page cheekily describes as “not very palatable.”
Kubura lists Coralville as her hometown, but brings an otherworldly quality to the music. Writing all the lyrics herself, the singer-songwriter isn’t afraid to touch on racial matters and other tough subjects, see “5 A Tone Meant For” on her SoundCloud. No matter the subject, Hadiza is the kind of music you can throw on after a long day and find comfort in.
The Basement // Doors 7:30PM // Show 8PM // ADV $12 // DOS $15