Hillside Spirit Revival‘s the best indie-folk band you’ve never heard of. I know, I know, every band thinks they’re the best band you’ve never heard of…but HSR’s the real deal.
The Boca Raton based quartet plays haunting melodies and pairs them with even more haunting harmonies. The band’s made up of four young musicians who are certainly on the rise – Chris Michaud, Robert “Bobby” Humphrey’s, Hannah Beth, and Rachel Andes.
Sitting on a swing behind a coffee bar, rocking back and forth in metronomic fashion, Boca News had the chance to speak with Bobby Humphrey’s about the band’s music, inspiration, and major musical influences.
Who Are Hillside Spirit Revival?
Hillside Spirit Revival came together serendipitously. The members had known each other for years and had even performed duets with one another. Then, one late January day this year, the four sat down and decided to change the face and voice of music forever.
HSR was born. Their first show was February 6th, mere weeks after they formed.
They’re not so much a band, as they’re a family. They love one another, send each other sappy group texts, have friday night dinner, and help each other through tough times. This energy radiates into and through their music.
All four members are extremely musically inclined. They all sing, play guitar, and write music. Rachel Andes even rocks the harmonium!
What’s a harmonium you ask? It’s an air driven piano, a stationary instrument that sits on the ground, and the predecessor to the accordion. Bobby describes the sound as “delicious.” We couldn’t agree more.
Hannah’s a talented drummer. Bobby is adept at the bass. Depending on the song, Chris or Rachel pick up the percussion. Rachel’s killer at coming up with harmonies. In short, the talented quartet comes together to make some amazing music.
A Typical Hillside Spirit Revival Show
I saw the band play at the Funky Buddha a few weeks back. I was instantly enamored by the vocals and intriguing instrumental tones. Things just got better from there!
Looking up from my seat, through the smoky, jazz-club-like darkness, the four members stood in a jagged line. The men, Bobby and Chris, stood at each end. The women, Hannah and Rachel, in between with drum and harmonium reverently placed between them.
The band began sans instrument, with only their voices carrying through the Funky Buddha. The buzz of bar chatter instantly changed to complete silence, something rare for the venue. The soul inspired, folk tunes engulfed the venue. People craved the melody.
Their music maintains, even thrives on, a strange balance of emotions and a deep connection with the listener. I cycled through feelings of sadness, contemplation, and ultimately joy as I listened to their set.
The band’s original hit, Soul Revival‘s, a piece of musical genius. If you don’t have the chance to hear it live, HSR’s in the process of recording it. The song evokes an overwhelming feeling of triumph.
Bobby explains the song’s trying to convey a message of hope, of going through pain or challenges and coming out the other side. That’s something we can all relate to. Everyone goes through hardships. Everyone experiences pain. It’s personal, everyone knows the weight of their own struggle.
This is a very personal feeling, yet Hillside Soul Revival makes it universal. They’ve crafted soothing melodies that challenge the listener to accept, and maybe even embrace, their journey. Listening to this song helps us understand that everyone is and will be alright.
Everyone can relate to Soul Revival.
The band’s performing Saturday, July 30th, at Subculture Coffee in Delray Beach, located at 123 E Atlantic Ave. The show starts at 9pm. You are not going to want to miss hearing Hillside Spirit Revival live!