Official Parkway Divides Release Date

We are proud to announce that Parkway Divides will be released digitally worldwide on November 20th. You can pre-order the album starting today on iTunes or store.illadvised.net.

Click here to pre-order on iTunes and receive an instant download of “Summer Nights.”

Click here to pre-order on illadvised.net and receive an instant download of “Poison / The Cure”

Click here to pre-order Parkway Divides on CD (limited print).

Official Parkway Divides Release Date

We are proud to announce that Parkway Divides will be released digitally worldwide on November 20th. You can pre-order the album starting today on iTunes or store.illadvised.net.

Click here to pre-order on iTunes and receive an instant download of “Summer Nights.”

Click here to pre-order on illadvised.net and receive an instant download of “Poison / The Cure”

Click here to pre-order Parkway Divides on CD (limited print).

I don’t think I’ve ever posted anything personal on a social network – I express myself through music because that’s really the only way I know how. I’ve been working on this album called ‘Parkway Divides’ for about a year now for my band Ill-Advised…which really isn’t a band. I write, record, sing, and play every instrument on the album. I started this band when I was in high school. A lot of people told me to give it up – in fact, a lot of people told me I sucked. I took a lot of shit, but I stuck with it because these songs mean everything to me. I’m the type of person who when someone tells me I can’t do something, I work even harder. I’ve spent the past three months working until 6 AM 7 days a week, writing, recording, playing, engineering, producing, and arranging every note on this album. With only a few final overdubs to go, I’m in the home stretch.

The reality is, it costs a lot to make a record: studio time, mixing, mastering, distribution, etc. By doing everything myself in my own studio I built in my basement with the help of a few friends and my mom, I’ve been able to do as much as I can on my own – no studios, no other musicians. When I set up the Pledge Music pre-order page, I wanted to offer some cool stuff that if I were a music fan, I would think might be cool to have. The type of person I am, I don’t like asking people for things, and I never do. Thinking about using a ‘crowdfunding’ site was something I refused to even think about for a long time…it’s just not how rock bands do it. But, times have changed and no one is investing in artists, the old system of selling albums is gone, and despite the fact that bands are essentially small businesses and that in 2015, you have to be a music entrepreneur, no one will invest in a band or a label. Crowdfunding seems to be the only option.

So, I’m humbly asking you guys to pre-order my album over at PledgeMusic.com/IllAdvised if you can spare $10. There is tons of other stuff like exclusive T-Shirts, actual CDs (if you’re still into that), and vinyl that will be offered soon along with opportunities to have a part in a music video, a personalized cover song done just for you, house concerts, and a producer credit on the album that also gives you free concert tickets and VIP passes + free merch for life. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a hard worker and that I never give up, and I promise you guys that if you help me bring this album home, you won’t be disappointed.

-Harry

Summer Nights, from the album, PARKWAY DIVIDES

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Hey guys,

It’s been a while since my last post, but I have a good reason, I swear! I’ve been working day and night on my new album, PARKWAY DIVIDES, which is set to debut October 30th. The first single, “Summer Nights,” is out today along with a pre-order page over at PledgeMusic.com/IllAdvised. If you pre-order the album or any of the other cool packages that include signed CDs, T-Shirts, VIP concert tickets, your name in the liner notes, and an opportunity to be in one of the music videos for the album – along with tons of other stuff – you’ll also get an instant download of the single.

Pledge Music seemed like a great way to make the album a more collaborative and intimate experience. I’m the only member in Ill-Advised, so I write, record, perform, produce, and engineer all the music and lyrics on the album (kind of like the way Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails and Prince write and record). It’s tons of fun, but half the time I feel like Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh! (a cartoon I used to watch as a kid. I’m a dork, I know.) talking to his alter-ego/split personality (who happens to be a 5000 year old Egyptian pharaoh) as I switch from artist mode, to producer mode, to engineer mode, and back to artist mode in the studio.

Parkway Divides is a very personal album. It’s a concept record – a throwback to old vinyl records in that it’s purposely divided into two sides –  Northbound and Southbound. I didn’t set out to make a concept record, it just kind of happened that way. My goal is to take you guys on a journey, if you listen to the record from start to finish, which I know is rare today since people prefer singles. But, even if you aren’t an album sort of person, each song on its own tells a story. It’s basically an album about growing up, and the songs are as diverse as my influences – everything from metal to classical music. I’ll be posting more detailed posts about the album over the next few weeks on the Pledge Music page, along with other exclusive, behind-the-scenes content for anyone who pre-orders the album. If you pre-order any of the various packages, you’ll be contributing toward the mixing and mastering of Parkway Divides, and the more cool stuff (like vinyl) I’ll be able to offer to make this experience even better, and you’ll be part of the making of the album in a real way.

Summer Nights” is one of the most personal songs on the record and means a lot to me. So, it seemed like the perfect first single for an album that in many ways is about my life. The only way I can write is from experience, so every song off Parkway Divides is inspired, in some way, by something I’ve actually gone through. As a twenty-two year old in 2015, I feel out of place a lot of the time in the sense that oversharing and writing personal blog posts isn’t really my thing – it doesn’t come naturally. What does come naturally, is writing music.

The process of getting this single mixed and mastered has been surreal, to say the least. I had the pleasure of working with Michael James, whose discography includes New Radicals, Hole, L7, Jawbreaker, Far, A.J. Croce, Robben Ford, The Coronas, and more amazing artists. I met Michael when I was still in high school and interviewed him for a school paper for one of my music classes. Since then, he has been a huge inspiration to me and has encouraged me to never give up. Working with Michael has been nothing short of amazing and without him, this song – and this album – would not be possible. I’m genuinely thankful to have him as a mentor and to call him my friend.

I’m really looking forward to finishing this record and sharing it with all of you. If you like the single, and want to support the making of the album, please consider pre-ordering something over at PledgeMusic.com/IllAdvised. As an independent artist, it takes a lot to get things off the ground, and I promise the album won’t disappoint.

-Harry 

Summer Nights, from the album, PARKWAY DIVIDES

Hey guys,

It’s been a while since my last post, but I have a good reason, I swear! I’ve been working day and night on my new album, PARKWAY DIVIDES, which is set to debut October 30th. The first single, “Summer Nights,” is out today along with a pre-order page over at PledgeMusic.com/IllAdvised. If you pre-order the album or any of the other cool packages that include signed CDs, T-Shirts, VIP concert tickets, your name in the liner notes, and an opportunity to be in one of the music videos for the album – along with tons of other stuff – you’ll also get an instant download of the single.

Pledge Music seemed like a great way to make the album a more collaborative and intimate experience. I’m the only member in Ill-Advised, so I write, record, perform, produce, and engineer all the music and lyrics on the album (kind of like the way Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails and Prince write and record). It’s tons of fun, but half the time I feel like Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh! (a cartoon I used to watch as a kid. I’m a dork, I know.) talking to his alter-ego/split personality (who happens to be a 5000 year old Egyptian pharaoh) as I switch from artist mode, to producer mode, to engineer mode, and back to artist mode in the studio.

Parkway Divides is a very personal album. It’s a concept record – a throwback to old vinyl records in that it’s purposely divided into two sides –  Northbound and Southbound. I didn’t set out to make a concept record, it just kind of happened that way. My goal is to take you guys on a journey, if you listen to the record from start to finish, which I know is rare today since people prefer singles. But, even if you aren’t an album sort of person, each song on its own tells a story. It’s basically an album about growing up, and the songs are as diverse as my influences – everything from metal to classical music. I’ll be posting more detailed posts about the album over the next few weeks on the Pledge Music page, along with other exclusive, behind-the-scenes content for anyone who pre-orders the album. If you pre-order any of the various packages, you’ll be contributing toward the mixing and mastering of Parkway Divides, and the more cool stuff (like vinyl) I’ll be able to offer to make this experience even better, and you’ll be part of the making of the album in a real way.

Summer Nights” is one of the most personal songs on the record and means a lot to me. So, it seemed like the perfect first single for an album that in many ways is about my life. The only way I can write is from experience, so every song off Parkway Divides is inspired, in some way, by something I’ve actually gone through. As a twenty-two year old in 2015, I feel out of place a lot of the time in the sense that oversharing and writing personal blog posts isn’t really my thing – it doesn’t come naturally. What does come naturally, is writing music.

The process of getting this single mixed and mastered has been surreal, to say the least. I had the pleasure of working with Michael James, whose discography includes New Radicals, Hole, L7, Jawbreaker, Far, A.J. Croce, Robben Ford, The Coronas, and more amazing artists. I met Michael when I was still in high school and interviewed him for a school paper for one of my music classes. Since then, he has been a huge inspiration to me and has encouraged me to never give up. Working with Michael has been nothing short of amazing and without him, this song – and this album – would not be possible. I’m genuinely thankful to have him as a mentor and to call him my friend.

I’m really looking forward to finishing this record and sharing it with all of you. If you like the single, and want to support the making of the album, please consider pre-ordering something over at PledgeMusic.com/IllAdvised. As an independent artist, it takes a lot to get things off the ground, and I promise the album won’t disappoint.

-Harry 

Studio Update: March Madness

I’ve decided to start posting regular “studio updates” about the progress of the upcoming record. Those of you who already follow the band or are other independent musicians and bands might find these posts interesting as I will be writing about the different challenges I face and the methods I have been using to record an album in my home studio. 

With the tentative release date for the record later this fall, I’ve kicked things into overdrive hitting the studio every single day in between classes. The record has been narrowed down to eleven songs from over thirty and I’m largely happy with how this group of songs are turning out. Every song has a unique sound and perspective lyrically and the more I listen to them the more they begin to fit a storyline or concept. Recording this album is like re-experiencing the past few years of my life and in the most general sense, I think it’s an album about growing up.

Luckily, I have been given the opportunity to record at my University’s studio which I am utilizing to track vocals. There is something to be said for a well-treated room when it comes to recording vocals – and a nice pre-amp. So far, I’m really happy with the results and it’s great to have other people involved to break up the monotony that working in a home studio, largely self-contained, can create. I’ve been pushing myself beyond my limits vocally and I’m psyched to say that it’s paying off.

Anyway, my 15 minute break is up – time to get back to mixing. I’ll occasionally post clips and updates on the Ill-Advised Instagram @illadvisedband and my personal account so feel free to check that out if you’re so inclined.

Until next time…

H.M.

Studio Update: March Madness

I’ve decided to start posting regular “studio updates” about the progress of the upcoming record. Those of you who already follow the band or are other independent musicians and bands might find these posts interesting as I will be writing about the different challenges I face and the methods I have been using to record an album in my home studio. 

With the tentative release date for the record later this fall, I’ve kicked things into overdrive hitting the studio every single day in between classes. The record has been narrowed down to eleven songs from over thirty and I’m largely happy with how this group of songs are turning out. Every song has a unique sound and perspective lyrically and the more I listen to them the more they begin to fit a storyline or concept. Recording this album is like re-experiencing the past few years of my life and in the most general sense, I think it’s an album about growing up.

Luckily, I have been given the opportunity to record at my University’s studio which I am utilizing to track vocals. There is something to be said for a well-treated room when it comes to recording vocals – and a nice pre-amp. So far, I’m really happy with the results and it’s great to have other people involved to break up the monotony that working in a home studio, largely self-contained, can create. I’ve been pushing myself beyond my limits vocally and I’m psyched to say that it’s paying off.

Anyway, my 15 minute break is up – time to get back to mixing. I’ll occasionally post clips and updates on the Ill-Advised Instagram @illadvisedband and my personal account so feel free to check that out if you’re so inclined.

Until next time…

H.M.