Tab by Jes: (/)slide (*)let ring (^)bend up (“Medusa” 8x) e)_________________________________________ b)_6______6_______6_______6________________ g)_________________________________________ d)___7__6____7__6____7__6___7_/6____________ a)– E)– “Black angel you’re my center fold. Though you’re two years old, your love is so bold. e)_7_/9__7_9___7*__9__7__9____7*____________ b)_7_/9______9_____________9_______________ My heart is so cold, my heart is so cold.” (Repeat 4x) e)_9_9__12__9________13_____________________ b)_9_9______9__12_12________________________ Come and get me and we’ll f […]
Spring (April 24th) 1995 in front of El Mocambo, Toronto, ONT, CAN By Much Music, I forget the VJ’s name “(my tape cuts in) …so far this is the most honest moment I’ve captured on tape. Helium is a trio from Cambridge, Massachusetts made up of Mary Timony, Shawn Devlin, and his brother Brian [sic]. […]
From Panaphobia Zine #4: helium Mary: Airplanes. Airplanes and elevators. And talking in front of a lot of people. P: If you’re in an elevator, do you start screaming or anything? Mary: No. No, what I’m most scared of is I’m really shy. I’m most scared of other people. That’s my big thing. As I […]
The Blabbering Optimist #6 “Corporate Baseball Still Sucks 95” Helium Mary Timony was actually quite nice (an impromptu interview) Approaching rock n roll stars is not something I’m good at, but I mustered up every bit of my (ahem, hack) indie rock muscle to talk to Ms. Timony before their show at 7th St. Entry. […]
Originally appeared in the February 1994 issue of Alternative Press, #67. Article entitled: Helium-Life’s a Gas, Inhale Deeply.
HELIUM RISING Author: By Jim Sullivan, Globe Staff Date: 01/27/1994 THE SCENE What is Helium? A light, noble gas; a not-so-light, provocative band. Helium — fronted by singer-guitarist Mary Timony, with ex-Dumptruck guys Brian Dunton on bass and Shawn King Devlin on drums — have a sound that is often airy and spooky. For a […]
Helium interviewed 4/24/95 By Esther Porcupine Zine Number Four **I had the opportunity to speak with Mary Timony when Helium played a free show at the El Mocambo in April. Mary was super nice. Helium rock, that’s all you need to know. ** ESTHER: Do you still get nervous when you play? Or do you […]
Photos by Natasha Padilla. Thank you Natasha!!
Date Venue/Location Photos Setlist Poster/ Flyer Video Review Comments 3/16/16 @Scoot Inn, Austin, TX link SXSW 4/16/16 @Coachella, Indio, CA link link 4/18/16 @the Casbah, San Diego, CA link with Sheer Mag 4/21/16 @the Echo, Los Angeles, CA link link link link link link link link link 4/23/16 @Coachella, Indio, CA link link link link link 7/23/16 @Panorama, […]
Date Venue/Location Photos Setlist Poster/ Flyer Video Review Comments 1/3/15 @Kings, Raleigh, NC link w/ birds of avalon 1/4/15 @Tin Roof, Charleston, SC link w/ birds of avalon 1/5/15 @Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA link link link w/ birds of avalon 1/6/15 @JJ’s Bohemia, Chattanooga, TN w/ birds of avalon 1/7/15 @the Stone Fox, Nashville, TN […]
Date Venue/Location Photos Setlist Poster/ Flyer Video Review Comments 3/5/14 @Black Cat, WDC link 3/6/14 @Otto Bar, Baltimore, MD link link 3/7/14 @The Pinhook, Durham, NC link link with Heather McEntire 3/8/14 @Savannah Stopover Music Festival, Savannah, GA link 3/9/14 @the Earl, Atlanta, GA link 3/10/14 @Siberia, New Orleans, LA with the Coathangers 3/11/14 @Mangos, Houston, […]
Date Venue/Location Photos Setlist Poster/ Flyer Video Review Comments 10/10/13 @Rock and Roll Hotel, WDC link with Obits, Title Tracks, Cane & the Sticks 10/18/13 @Comet Ping Pong, WDC link link link Shred Fest by She Shreds with Dudes, Cry Baby, In School, DJ Baby Alcatraz 10/19/13 @Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY link link link […]
Photos by Scott Batten. Thanks Scot!!
WQHS, November 25, 1997 Interview with Mary Timony, singer/guitarist of Helium, for WQHS on November 25, 1997. Taped before Helium’s concert at Upstairs at Nick’s, Philadelphia, PA. Helium is: Mary Timony: Guitar/Vocals Ash Bowie: Bass Shawn King Devlin: Drums [pullquote]”I think what’s happened in the past is that I’d be in a really big rush […]
Dead Angel #28 (9/97) Source: http://www.kdi.com/~moonunit/dead/dead.html Author: the moon unit BLABBING WITH HELIUM Yes… Helium is BACK. Hot on the heels of the NO GUITARS ep comes the new album, THE MAGIC CITY, which is out now (and there should be a review of it in here somewhere). For those of ye not already up to speed, Helium is the Boston-area […]
“They’re thinkers,” declares James Timony, describing his daughter Mary’s music group Helium. “They don’t listen to rock ‘n’ roll, like most musicians. They listen to very unusual music, and Ash speaks Russian, for example, he studies Russian all the time. And Mary B. and he are always listening very unusual classical music, like Eric Satie, […]
From Smug, vol. 2 no. 2 (February 1996): Light as a Lead Dove The gaseous coldness of Helium’s music may have an aim to disturb. By Paul Boraros. I was ambling about the hell-ride that is America Online when I happened upon a musical discussion in a certain chat room I have been known to frequent. […]
Interview conducted Late June, 1997 Mary Timony claims that she’s never been truly fascinated by Dungeons & Dragons, Unicorns or Fairies, but Helium’s recent No Guitars EP suggests otherwise. We felt that Helium fans and Pitchfork readers alike should know the truth. Here’s what we uncovered: [pullquote]”The EP was something we decided to do after half the songs on the new album […]
From Warped Reality, #3 (Summer 1995), pp. 9-11: HELIUM xxx ooo Helium singer/songwriter Mary Timony dedicated 1994’s Pirate Prude EP to “all the honorable hags, prisses, bitches, and whores.” “I’m really interested in using those words that have been used against women and reclaiming them. Pirate Prude is reclaiming the word ‘prude’ and saying it’s an honorable thing. […]
From Guitar School, February 1996: Mary Timony slack magic woman HELIUM [pullquote]”I just kind of spit out these images and stuff, but they’re always referring to a certain thing. But then afterwards I’ll look back at them and I can’t understand what I was talking about.”[/pullquote] “I went through this phase when I was 18 or […]
From Wind-Up Toy #1 (Spring 1993): HELIUM by Liz Clayton So it’s like two in the afternoon on a Thursday, and me and Sean are hanging out in Back Bay and record shopping and stuff, and I have to go do this interview with Brian from Helium at about two-thirty. So we hop on the “T” and […]
From Smug, vol. 3 #7, late 1997: HELIUM The Element of Fantasy by Libby Callaway [pullquote]”There was no girl awareness in that scene, and I don’t care who says there was. There wasn’t. I was glad that I got to see it though, because it filled me with this desire to play music.”[/pullquote] HELIUM’S FIRST ALBUM, […]
From The Phoenix New Times, November 13-19, 1997: Chamber Punk Helium comes up for air and brings along an intoxicating new album By Gilbert Garcia Mary Timony sounds confused. The singer/guitarist for the Boston trio Helium knows she’s supposed to be calling someone, but she can’t quite recall the name. [pullquote]I guess I just started thinking […]
Though she’s become known as one of indie rock’s most inventive guitarists, Helium’s Mary Timony says she came to play the instrument almost by accident. “I was one of those kids who took music lessons when they were little, and I didn’t really work very hard on it,” she says from her home in Boston. […]
Ash and Mary (and Alan and Kendall), interviewed by Kevin on 89.3 WXYC, Chapel Hill, NC 22 November 1997: [pullquote]”I don’t know, I like to make videos if it’s like a fun project but it’s not what it’s about. It’s about making a commercial for your band, you know, in order for it to be really […]
From Bikini #0027, November 1997: Mary Timony — the singer/guitarist/principal force behind the Boston-based trio Helium — mixes fascinating, fantastic lyrics with a unique guitar style that’s slack-key, string-bending, sleepy, and lyrical. Her words refer to succubi, witches, dragons, ghosts, vampires, arcane philosophers, and primal, visceral emotions — and it all comes out as transcendent, weird, distorted […]
E-Interview with Mary Timony Mary Timony is a unique talent. Presently, she is the main force behind the Boston-based band, Helium, who has just released an EP on Matador Records called No Guitars. Their previous album, Dirt of Luck attracted a large following for its unique combination of powerful imagery and musical innovation. In the […]
From FemmeFlick zine #5, some time in 1996: Helium’s Mary Timony talked with me about making Helium’s rad music videos. FF – What’s your main objective in making a video? MT – My main objective in making a video is to take the ideas in a song and express them visually. I get excited when I think […]
From Boston Rock, May 15, 1994: by Bill Jackson “The lyrics are written from my perspective.” So says Mary Timony about her seven-song/story-plot concoction that consumes Helium’s latest release, Pirate Prude on Matador Records. [pullquote]”I don’t consciously try to, it just sort of comes out,” she says about her feminism. “I don’t really define [my songwriting] in that […]
“All the Xs Have Wings” (from “The Dirt of Luck” LP) Tabbed by Phil Kretschman (email@example.com). E——————————————————————- B——————————————————————- G——————————————————————- D—–0-2–2-2—2–5–5-5——-h5—————-repeat———– A—–0-0——0————-h4————————————- E——————————————————————- ^ hammer onto the 2 pretty quickly E——————————————————————- B——————————————————————- G—-9–11–7—7–slide—17-17-16——————————— D—-0———————17——-17–14–16–16–16–14–16—— A————————–0————15——15——15–15—— E——————————————————————- And then the distortion comes in, here’s my weak stab at it, which is probably off a great deal, but […]
“Skeleton” (from the “Dirt of Luck” LP) Tabbed by K. Ketler (firstname.lastname@example.org): Dropped D tuning, or even Db. Distortion, Compression, Overdrive ^ = bend = = pick scrape INTRO e——–x——————————————————————- b——–x—————-x————————————————– g——–x———-x——————————————————– d——–x——————————————————————- a——–x—————-=————————————————– D——–x—————-=————————————————– (pick these strings above the nut, and let the 1st guitar fade in) lead guitar……i’m not sure this is right, […]
“Superball” (from “The Dirt of Luck” album and the “Superball Plus” EP) Tabbed by Jeff Thornton (email@example.com) and Tony Neale (firstname.lastname@example.org). —————————– These are octave chords played during the —————————– intro and verse! Follow the song to get –7–8–7–5–3–5–3–2—– the rhythm. —————————– –5–6–5–3–1–3–1–0—– —————————– Next part — this is the pre chorus when Mary first […]
“Trixie’s Star” (from the “Dirt Of Luck” LP) Tabbed by K. Ketler (email@example.com): Dropped D tuning, or Db. Distortion, Compression, Overdrive ^ = bend = = pick scrape VERSE e—————————————————————————- b—————————————————————————- g—————————————————————————- d—0–0———-5^—0–0———-5^————————————– a—0–0——3——–0–0——3——————————————- D—0–0—————0–0————————————————– PRE-CHORUS e—————————————————————————- b—————————————————————————- g—————————————————————————- d—0–0–0–0–0–0–0–0————————————————— a—0–0–0–0–0–0–0–0————————————————— D—0–0–0–0–0–0–0–0————————————————— CHORUS cruis ing and shoo ting and fuc king like e——————— —————————————————– b——————— […]
There are/were definitely more, especially during Helium days, but here’s what I have catalogued so far.
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