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Home Body returns to Lowell this Friday

There aren’t many words in the English language to describe a multisensory, musical experience.

But if lips, bodies and beats in sync had a name, it would be Home Body.

Hailing from Northampton, Massachusetts, Eric Hnatow and Haley Morgan have been playing music together for almost seven years.

Haley Morgan (vocals) and Eric Hnatow (drum machine, synthesizer, note sequencer) met at Hampshire College in 2005 in a secret hallway connecting the post-office and a school store, where they each worked respectively. After a lengthy infatuation and a lot of postage stamp and Swedish Fish purchases, the two began dating. It wasn’t long before they were making sweet music.

Haley describes her collaboration with Eric has a sort of evolutionary process, neither of whom are formally trained in music: 

“Eric had been playing music for years, but had never played with a vocalist and I had done a lot of singing and musical theater but I had never worked with a band, so it took a bit of trial and error to mesh the human with the machine. Once we kind of lost our egos and our preconceived notions of what a band is supposed to be like, we were able to expand upon the musical relationship we had already established. It feels really organic now.”

At the beginning of 2012, they garnered “Best Unsigned Band” from Verbicide Magazine pushing them to a whole new level of touring and recording, allowing them to quit their day jobs. In the past year, they’ve played over 100 shows and continually find ways to wow audiences with new innovations of sound and movement.

They return to Lowell on Friday with the momentum of a brand new album. The album features guitar, bass and drums with a strong, rock/pop feel and engineering from Justin Pizzoferrato of Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth fame.

The album won’t officially be available until February, but come out to this Friday to cop an advanced copy.

The Only Things + Nashoba + Empty Phrases will also be performing at 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street, Lowell, Mass. Simultaneously catch Arrington de Dionyso’s 24hr Drawing Marathon.

It’s a party, people! You don’t want to miss this.

Photo credit: Chattman Photography

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