What does Austin-influenced, rural-Pennsylvanian, indie sister-folk sound like? Verbosity aside, it sounds uniquely like The Hello Strangers, a sister duo whose haunting harmonies and original, wittingly noir songwriting style are the backbone of their sound.
The Hello Strangers were born out of the Austin, Texas music scene in 2006 when sisters Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn Chace wrote their first song together, entitled “Pregnant in Jail.” Based on true events, it was a preamble to a string of original tunes the pair crafted in a little cottage off South Congress Avenue. Soon, however, the mountains of Pennsylvania beckoned the girls back north, and so they packed up their lives, dogs, and Larissa’s husband and returned to their two-stoplight hometown.
The move has since proven to be a boon for the duo. The sisters have created a catalogue of original music with nods to American folk traditions, modern indie rock, Texas country-folk, and roots rock, all tied together with lilting harmonies that only sisters can create. Timeless imagery and fables are at the core of each song, from tales of a boggy creek bottom where a murdered man sleeps, to a Texas roadhouse with bawdy dancers and clinking beer bottles, to more poignant reflections on the loss of winter or a man gone wrong.
Currently, the sisters are backed by long-time bassist Dave Holzwarth, with Spencer Pheil on guitar and Trent Renshaw on drums.
The Hello Strangers recently won the AirPlay Direct "Win An Americana Record Deal Contest" and will have the honor of working with IMI Music in Nashville, Tennessee on their forthcoming album.
No Surf Music calls them “perhaps the most exciting prospects on the Americana scene today, with dark, perfectly crafted lyrics expressed through a pair of harmonious voices literally born to sing together and coated in folk-inspired music bolstered by a fresh, modern attitude.”