It’s pretty apt that the San Francisco Indie rock band Hi Lo Ha decided to borrow the name of Dylan’s Woodstock, New York home for their moniker. The group manages to draw deep inspiration from Dylan’s onetime backing musicians The Band for their Ain’t Gone Tonight EP. But far from being just another band stuck in the ‘60s, they also bring in some modern influences to round out their sound – bands like Wilco and Dr. Dog. The result is a fantastic blend of folk and rock, perfectly melding lush arrangements (“Cold Weather Clothes”) with more straight-up rock guitars (“Radio”) and Soulful jams (“Thinking ‘Bout a Friend”).
The fact that the band can cover so much ground musically in just six songs is a testament to their talent and proof that they deserve a much wider audience. The only real drawback to this record is that it’s over way too soon.
Hi Lo Ha – Ain’t Gone Tonight/5 tracks/Heavy Setters Records/2018