The main guy in this band, Ryan Walsh, wrote two of my favorite songs from back in the MP3.com era: “Strictly Lousy” and “I’m So In Love It Hurts To Walk” by the Stairs. I’m pretty sure I was turned on to them by this piece in Neumu, and then sought out any freely available MP3s, which MP3.com hosted back then. That’s how we rolled in 2003.
Anyway, the Stairs broke up in 2005, and Walsh started Hallelujah The Hills who have a new album coming out on Misra Records on September 22. “Blank Passports” doesn’t sound anything like “Strictly Lousy” or “It Hurts To Walk,” but what it lacks in no-fi charm it makes up for in aggressive indie rock mooginess.