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July 10, 2024

HELLO MARY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM, OUT SEPTEMBER 13TH | SHARE SINGLE – “THREE”

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HELLO MARY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM, EMITA OX, OUT SEPTEMBER 13 VIA FRENCHKISS RECORDS

HEADLINE TOUR OF NORTH AMERICA CONFIRMED FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER + SUPPORTING AMERICAN FOOTBALL IN BROOKLYN AND APPEARING AT LEVITATION FESTIVAL IN AUSTIN NOVEMBER 3

+ Touring The U.S. This Summer And Fall Including Festival Appearances, Headline Date In London And Support Slot For American Football UK Tour In September 

PRESAVEEmita Ox

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HELLO MARY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM, OUT SEPTEMBER 13TH | SHARE SINGLE – “THREE”

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“sharp and self-assured”  Rolling Stone

“Hello Mary finds release through pummeling noise… There’s an appealing interplay between quiet and loud on ‘0%,’ and the delicate guitar work that precedes them make the drummer/vocalist Stella Wave’s primal screams hit that much harder.” – New York Times  “7 New Songs You Should Hear Now”

“distorted guitars and pulsating punky drums, dipping further into the grunge pool they waded in on Hello Mary. “0%” is a rage-fueled release …kicking off their new era with a fiery howl. I couldn’t be more stoked to see where they’re headed next.” – Paste Magazine 

“They’re one of the coolest acts to come out of NYC in recent years…(Hello Mary) will help to reaffirm that not only are the kids all right, but the state of rock is all right, too.” Alternative Press 

“Within less than three minutes (‘0%’) also jumps amid spindly indie-rock guitar chords, a bruising one-note bass riff and an unexpected dip into folky picking joined by a plinking vibraphone — all while making a waltz sound feral.” – The New York Times 

“By day, quiet college students; by night, legitimate rock stars ready to take on the world.” The Big Takeover

“Still in their late teens and early 20s, the Brooklyn-raised women of Hello Mary evoke the sound and attitude of classic ’90s-era alternative and indie rock” – TIDAL “Rising Artists of 2023” 

Last month saw New York City’s Hello Mary return with their first new music, “0%,” since the release of their 2023 debut self-titled LP. The song was an immediate hit garnering praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, Brooklyn Vegan and a slew of other publications.  Today the band are excited to announce the September 13 release of their new album, Emita Ox, via Frenchkiss Records. On it, the New York City trio of  Helena Straight, Stella Wave, and Mikaela Oppenheimer unleash their emotions through their alt-rock anthems like flaming weapons and wield them like proud trophies of their collective tenacity. Since forming in 2019, Hello Mary have ripped into prominence with their fuzzed-out anthems, establishing a darkly playful edge all their own. Possessing a sound that pushes harder into heavy distortion and psychedelic dreamscapes, Emita Ox sees Hello Mary building out their singular universe of gutsy, virtuosic alt-rock. The band co-produced the album alongside Alex Farrar (MJ Lenderman, Indigo De Souza, Wednesday, Snail Mail) in Asheville, NC.

Today Hello Mary also further teased the album with the release of their new single Three,” a song that evokes the fairy tale of a young girl named Emita and her pet ox. “Three was written after I’d been in a creative rut that lasted a couple months. I wasn’t focused on getting any message across – my intention was just to write a full song, whether I ended up liking it or not,” says Straight of writing the song. Though it doesn’t have a specific intended meaning, the imagery is fitting for the band: Oxes are strong and resilient, and much of Emita Ox’s subject matter reveals Hello Mary’s perseverance, as they choose to move through life’s burdens instead of getting beaten down by them.  

Hello Mary have been criss-crossing North America supporting the likes of Silversun Pickups (who have invited the band on the road multiple times this past year), American Football and more. In support of Emita Ox the band have announced a Fall of North America with dates kicking off October 4 in Seattle, WA and concluding November 2 in Houston, TX They play at Los AngelesTroubadour on October 10 and New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on October 24.  Tickets are on sale Friday, July 12.  This summer Hello Mary will play select headline dates, support Julie on select shows, and make an appearance at Denver’s Underground Music Festival.  They will also head to the UK for a headline show in London followed by a run as the support for American Football (they support them for a show at Warsaw in Brooklyn on October 26.  Additionally, the band is confirmed for Las Vegas’ Best Friends Forever Fest October 11 – 13 and Austin’s Levitation Festival on November 3.  All shows are listed below and tickets are available here

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Hello Mary have spent the last several years refining their intricate alt-rock sound and musicianship.  The culmination of this work –  done in the studio, at practice and on the road – is reflected on the New York City-based band’s new album Emita Ox  The album marks the follow up their acclaimed 2023 self-titled LP, which Rolling Stone called one of the year’s “sharpest, noisiest debuts,” with their most audacious project yet: Emita Ox, arriving September 13 via Frenchkiss Records.

On Emita Ox, Hello Mary push harder into heavy distortion and psychedelic dreamscapes, as they build out their singular universe of gutsy strain of rock. The LP’s labyrinthine production reflects how the band’s musical tastes have expanded from Elliott Smith and Radiohead to encompass experimental post-rock acts like Black Midi and Swans. “This album encompasses a lot of our inspirations,” says Oppenheimer. “It also shows what we’re like as a trio, collectively.” 

The project reveals the band leveling up as musicians and composers. Recorded in early 2024 in Asheville, North Carolina, the band played all the instruments on Emita Ox and produced it alongside Alex Farrar (Indigo De Souza, Wednesday, Snail Mail). The members’ contributions to the songwriting and production bleed into each other, but the album is a showcase of their individual strengths: Straight’s ethereal vocal melodies and gritty guitar riffs, Wave’s emotive vocals and knotty drum patterns, and Oppenheimer’s diabolical basslines and experimentation with electronic production. “We map out all the sections beforehand, we like to write intricate parts that complement each other,” says Wave. 

Featuring songs that span from 2018 to 2023, Emita Ox is also a document of Hello Mary’s past five years together growing up as bandmates and their arrival into young adulthood. First meeting as teenagers in 2019, the band became fast friends through the pandemic—a global crisis that made coming of age feel even more weighty and complicated. “This album represents a period of time that’s very meaningful to us. The songs are related to things that we all know about, even if it’s not out on the table for everyone else,” Wave explains. “The songwriting and recording process was a very heavy time that I will never forget.” Even if the lyrics touch on serious topics, the band maintains a core sense of play and exploration: jamming is their way of working through these feelings in a way that’s “easy and fun,” Straight says.

Created amid these emotions of frustration and camaraderie, Emita Ox sees Hello Mary ruthlessly diving into a thrilling sound of catharsis. On “0%,” Wave launches into piercing screams for the first time. Oppenheimer says that her bandmate’s intense shrieks “makes the song full of energy and really exciting to play,” especially in the song’s breakdown which ends in a cacophony of noise and vibraphone. Meanwhile, “Down My Life,” which Straight says she wrote after “one of the saddest experiences” of her life, features her angelic vowels on top of warped piano and menacing bass. The band even veers towards prog-rock on songs like “Footstep Misstep,” where complex instrumentation and Wave’s dynamic vocals evoke a world in between fantasy and nightmare. 

The LP’s title, Emita Ox, is referenced in “Three,” whose lyrics sound plucked from a fairy tale. “‘Three’ was written after I’d been in a creative rut that lasted a couple months,” says Straight. “I wasn’t focused on getting any message across. My intention was just to write a full song, whether I ended up liking it or not.” Though it doesn’t have an intended meaning, the imagery of the girl Emita and her ox is fitting for the band: Oxes are strong and resilient, and much of Emita Ox’s subject matter reveals Hello Mary’s perseverance, as they choose to move through life’s burdens instead of getting beaten down by them. But oxes are also dependable—much like how they see each other and their relationship. “There’s the lyric that goes, ‘Woke to the hands of three/Stitching and fixing me,’” Wave says to Straight, quoting her own words back to her. “I always picture me and Mikaela with you.” It’s a testament to how they’ve witnessed each other’s heartaches and mended each other back up—through their music and their friendship. 

Hello Mary tour dates 

July 26 – Underground Music Showcase – Denver, CO
July 28 – Wicker Park Music Festival – Chicago, IL
July 29 – Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH *
July 30 – Drkmttr – Nashville, TN *
Aug 1 – Off Broadway – St Louis, MO ^
Aug 3 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO ^
Aug 4 – Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM ^
Aug 30 – End of the Road Festival – Dorset, UK
Aug 31 – Manchester Psych Fest – Manchester, UK
Sept 1 – Edinburgh Psych Fest – Edinburgh, UK
Sept 5 – Brixton Windmill – London, UK *
Sept 11 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK %
Sept 12 – Barrowland Ballroom – Glasgow, UK %
Sept 13 – Bristol SWX – Bristol, UK %
Sept 14 – Roundhouse – London, UK %
Oct 4 – Barboza – Seattle, WA  *
Oct 6 – Polaris Hall – Portland, OR  *
Oct 9 – Brick & Mortar (Popscene) – San Francisco, CA  *
Oct 10 – The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA  *
Oct 12 – Best Friends Forever Festival – Las Vegas, NV 
Oct 16 – Raccoon Motel – Davenport, IA  *
Oct 17 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN  *
Oct 19 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL  *
Oct 20 – Lager House – Detroit, MI  *
Oct 21 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON  *
Oct 24 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY *
Oct 25 – Ukie Club – Philadelphia, PA  *
Oct 26 – Warsaw –  – Brooklyn, NY %
Oct 27 – Songbyrd – Washington, DC  *
Oct 29 – Pinhook – Durham, NC *
Oct 30 – Masquerade-Purgatory – Atlanta, GA *
Nov 1 – Andy’s – Denton, TX *
Nov 2 – White Oak Music Hall (upstairs) – Houston, TX *
Nov 3 – Levitation Festival – Austin, TX


* denotes headline 
^ denotes dates with Julie
% denotes support for American Football 

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