Brian Moss - vocals, guitar
Pete Tsoukas - guitar
Jason Kyrouac - drums
Pete Croke - bass
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After The Ghost split, Moss, an avid listener of both the soothingly quiet and ear-splintering loud, began to play solo, in the direction of pop-formatted acoustics. Moss decided that a solo endeavor would give him the freedom to do as he pleased, musically, regardless of outside opinion. Shortly, he recorded his first solo album, We're All Natural Disasters, under the moniker HANALEI. The album was released in 2003 on Chicago indie-staple, Thick Records. The record combined Moss' own well-rendered electronic rhythm and melody programming with jangly guitars and captivating wax-poetics. The album garnished critical admiration that defined this new genre as "laptop folk." Moss somehow found time to balance a round of Stateside and European solo-based tours with his literature/creative writing studies and three jobs.
One year and a half later, Hanalei has returned, only this time, with a full band. During the past winter, Moss decided to temporarily abandon the laptop and add some close friends to the project.
Hanalei's sophomore long player, 'Parts and Accessories', recorded in Chicago with friend and producer Chris Carr, is a moving work of independently based Americana that takes Moss' intimately prolific lyricism to a new plateau. Through layered instrumentation including banjo, fiddle and pedal steel guitars, this contemporary roots rock progression is a remarkable leap forward. "Guaranteed, ten songs, some fast and some slow, and as always, lyrically the record will consist of non-fictional accounts, memoirs, critiques, petitions and observations from the life of yours truly" reports Moss. Guests on this album include Cellist Jenny Choi, The Velvet Teen/New Trust bassist/singer Josh Staples, Joe Cannon from Early Risers/Check Engine and Edward Lo from Sleepout.
And for the preservationists of Hanalei's former "laptop folk" sound, fear not. A remix record is in the works.