Monday, December 12, 2005

The Girl With the Pink Hair

Originally uploaded by cellar8.
Finished shooting a video this weekend - thanks to the peeps @ thought collide. courtney flower (who played 'the girl with the pink hair') did an awesome job performing - thx everyone who made this happen - all in one day !

Monday, November 21, 2005

helvet1ca @ the New Dodge

mark your calendars - we're playing @ the New Dodge on Saturday, December 3. hope to see you there.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Helvetica @ the Painted Lady

Come join us @ the Painted Lady on Friday, Nov 4th with Pilot to Co-Pilot and So to Speak. Show starts around 10pm and we'll be playing around midnight. booyakasha

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

august is a great time for recording

we've got a lot of stuff we want to get recorded - so we're going to get into the studio and put our stuff on 2 inch tape, courtesy of ceecil productions - sofar it's - sister80, boulevard, avenue a, project, hastings. a couple are on the mix tape on a previous blog entry.:) check em out, let us know if there are some other faves

Friday, July 29, 2005

thanx everyone

jacoby's was awesome - really appreciate everyone coming out to see us - and the free beer that helped us keep a nice even drunkenness throughout the show. thanx cowboy messiah for putting the show together - we enjoyed your music. If anyone has any pics of the show, post them. we didn't get any pix
So, you tell us. Who do you think was most drunk? Eric, Chris, Brent or Steve? comments.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

your very own helvet1ca practice tape

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i know all of you have been waiting for this (yeah right) well anyway, tihis is a stream of various things we have been working on. they are by far from perfect, but thought we'd share anyway. a little slice of life:

here is a list of the songs: 01.avenue a : 02.untitled for now (we're thinking of keeping that name) : 03. at her majesty's leisure : 04.formula : 05.frankfurt : 06.hastings : 07.stranger : 08.the fast : 09.watt

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Zero Dependence Show

Went to go see zero d @ small''s last nite. great show. true punk superheroes. here are a few pix:

chris and erik - 'gretsch ware' - what does it mean?

to see all of the pix, click here

click here to see what zero d is all about

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Detroit Opera House this SATURDAY

hey everyone: : please join us this SATURDAY : :

Encore! Presents BravoBravo! : : : June 25, 2005 : : : at the Detroit Opera House : : : Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The sixth annual BravoBravo! takes place Saturday, June 25, at the Detroit Opera House. This annual gala celebrates the tastes, sounds and people of Detroit, and it benefits the ongoing restoration of the Detroit Opera House.

tix are 55 bux ($65 @ the door) - the opera house is located 1526 Broadway St, Detroit, 48226 - (313) 961-3500

visit our website

hope to see you there : : :

Friday, June 03, 2005

Detroit Opera House Update

The Opera House show is approaching. Just letting everyone know that the tix are 55 bux ($65 @ the door) - I know it's a steep price - if you can make it, cool. Here is the info straight from the site:

Encore! Presents BravoBravo!
June 25, 2005 at the Detroit Opera House
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The sixth annual BravoBravo! takes place Saturday, June 25, at the Detroit Opera House. This annual gala celebrates the tastes, sounds and people of Detroit, and it benefits the ongoing restoration of the Detroit Opera House.

BravoBravo! takes over the stunning three-tiered Grand Lobby of the Detroit Opera House, with music, lights, art, and performances, transforming the space into a stylish scene.

Detroit’s hottest young professionals will enjoy a feast for the senses, while dancers and singers enliven the event. Delicious food and libations will be served by more than 35 of Detroit’s finest restaurants and bars, while hot local musicians, DJ’s and artists will create the hip atmosphere for which BravoBravo! is known. And dreams will come true at the time-honored Silent Auction and Masked Grab Bag.

Serving as master of ceremonies is WDIV Local 4's Karen Drew.
6:30 p.m. Sponsor Reception
7:30 p.m. Doors Open for VIP and General Admission

Official After Party at Karras Brothers Tavern, 225 Joseph Campau, Detroit

$55 ($65 at the door)

$75 ($85 at the door) for VIP passes, which include valet parking, pre-event preview reception, exclusive bar until 9:00 p.m.

Purchase tickets at the MOT box office: 313-237-7464 or online at

For more information call 313-237-3407 or email

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Lager House

Played at the Lager House last nite - thanks everyone who came to see us. We all felt that it sounded really good; usually can't hear anything on stage. Thanks to Adam the sound guy for a great mix. Here's some pix of the show (taken mostly by Bob Havlena):

thanks for the beer everyone!

nice blurry helvet1ca logo -

here's a couple of pix when we were setting up:

Brent had pillow issues with his bass frum. I think he's contemplating fixing it or sumpn:

and these were taken right when we were done:

Chris and Sherry (Steve's wife):


Matt and Jean

Dave Dominic, the ninja photographer:

Friday, May 20, 2005

The Gretsch is back

Yeah, it was a bit messed up. Thought it was because it got dropped on the stage, but I guess a Gretsch from this time period had problems with how they attached the neck. Thanks to Mike Koontz (248)545-5460, the best guitar tech in Detroit!

here is a pic of the guitar. 1968 Gretsch Rally.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Small's Show

We had a pretty good show last nite - even with the bad guitar cords (not chords, those sounded OK). thanks to everyone for showing. We didn't take any pix - so here is a picture of our local bottle collector, Eric. My name is Eric as well; in case you were confused. This Eric would sell his computer for booze.

Every night we practice, somewhere between 8 and 10pm we hear a really loud knock on the door. We then commence the game 'Not it'. If you don't remember this game, here is a little refresher. Pretty simple rules. Someone starts by counting 1,2,3 and everyone shouts "Not it!" Whoever says it last is 'it'. Ours is a little modified, the 1,2,3 part is replaced by the incessant knocking at the door. Usually Brent or I lose.

The loser walks slowly to the door, much like a schoolkid in the morning shuffling their feet looking at the ground as they slowly approach the school entrance. The loser then utters the words "who is it", even though we obviously know who it is. Eric announces himself. It doesn't quite sound like 'Eric' - it's more like "AIRK'. To say it correctly you have to shout it really loudly, with that annoying hollow megaphone-like Eddie Vetteresque tone in your voice. Try it.

We like Eric; he just hangs out a little too long. This is only a problem because he kind of smells like a grease dumpster.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Benefit at the Detroit Opera House

We are playing at the Detroit Opera House Saturday, June 25. Pretty cool. Don't know a lot of details yet; just that Liz Copeland is spinning. Not even sure yet if is open to the general public. Will keep you posted.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

The Passenger

Steve and I were in a movie today. It's called 'the passenger' and it is being filmed where we practice. Everyone is real cool working on it. Don't know why they'd want our ugly mugs (the band - not you corianne) in the background of their movie.

steve and corianne. i think rachael is in the background.

I didn't meet the people in this pic.

kim (center). She booked the Detroit Beer Co. show. It was a fundraiser for the movie.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Caught in the Act

OK. Steve drives around the d with his plaster girlfriend. And she has no legs or arms. He named her helena. she is quite hot.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

O the shananigans

(Small's show, Wed Feb 23) This is some of the crazy things that happen at our shows. I'm proud of you all. 'To all my friends - to all my friends!'