Havalina Rail Co. album coverToday, a guest post from Naharmama:

Getting their name from a Pixies song, Havalina, or Havalina Rail Co., is one of the more unusual bands I have heard.  They’ve done a couple of concept albums, but their overall style reminds me of a combination of jazz, rockabilly, Americana, blues, gospel, and plain-old rock n’ roll.  Lead band member Matt Wignall describes them: “We are a hybrid of traditional American music including folk, blues, and jazz, with a streak of Brazilian and a lot of Les Baxter and Henri Mancini. We tend to write pop music in a rather orchestral fashion.” (inmusicwetrust.com)  Though no longer recording or touring, Havalina is a fun, eclectic mix of sounds anyone would love to have in their collection.

The band membership changed a little throughout the band’s existence (’92-’05) and included Matt Wignall, Jeff & Lori Suri, Grady McFerrin, Mark Cole, Orlando Greenhill, Dan Brouker, Tatiani Simonia, and Erick Diego Nietor.  They played so many different instruments that I didn’t bother to include them all.  Originating out of Long Beach, the band has been featured on MTv a couple of times.

I wasn’t sure which songs to pick to put up here, but found three that sounded different from one another so you could get a small idea of what they are like.  Though they will not claim to be a  Christian band, many of Havalina’s members are Christians and this will come through in their music.

Buy some of their albums through www.Amazon.com if you dig ’em!

Here are the three songs I chose:

Flower of the Desert
Total Depravity

[Editor’s Note: You will need iTunes to play these files.]

[Another Editor’s Note: Download the albums “Russian Lullabies” and “We Remember Anarchy” for free on Havalina’s site here.  Check out the bio while you’re there.  It’s an entertaining read.]

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