Utne Reader is proud to premiere the song “Wallwalker” by D. Charles Speer & the Helix off their new record, Doubled Exposure, out Feb. 25 on Thrill Jockey.
While you’re listening to the song, get to know the people behind the music a little better:
Band name: D. Charles Speer & the Helix
Hailing from: Brooklyn, NY
Band members and their instruments: Dave Shuford, guitar & vocals; Hans Chew, keyboards; Steve McGuirl, drums; Ted Robinson, bass; Marc Orleans, pedal steel guitar; and Margot Bianca, vocals.
Describe your music in one to five words: Voraciously engaged but cynical.
Been listening to lately: Dark – Round the Edges; Craig Leon – Nommos; Endless Boogie – Long Island; Fotheringay – Essen 1970; Greek Rhapsody compilation; Love Apple 12-inch; Men in Blazers podcast; Gene Clark – White Light demos.
Band’s spirit animal and why: Tiger – that is my Chinese astrological symbol (Wood Tiger). Plus, I am obsessed with felines.
Favorite moment from making Doubled Exposure: The live tracking of “Mandorla at Dawn.” The session’s intensity reached its apex and the walls seemed to move in kind.
Where can we get it? From Thrill Jockey and your favorite local record store!
D. Charles Speer & the Helix tour dates:
3/6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Trans-Pecos
3/7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s w/ Ron Tubman
3/8 – Baltimore, MD @ Holy Frijole’s
3/11 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Nightlight
3/12 – Asheville, NC @ Static Age Records Back Room
3/13 – Atlanta, GA @ WonderRoot w/ Lux Noise, Jason Howell
3/14 – Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox w/ Cherry Blossoms
3/15 – Lexington, KY @ Green Lantern w/ Salad Influence
3/16 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
3/18 – Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House
3/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Shop