The Heligoats: Been a Drill
We ran into Chris Otepka earlier this year in Austin performing under the pseudonym, The Heligoats. You may remember his previous band of six years – Troubled Hubble – played here in the past at Insomnia by past DJs. We were at the Yarrr! PR event pictured, sponsored by Greyday Records and in smaller ways by Insomnia Radio (we paid for the pirate/elvis sandwiches!). Needless to say, fans of Chris have been waiting for years for a new release and he’s just delivered with the End of All Purpose EP.
The Heligoats was Otepka’s first songwriting outlet. He wrote his first pieces in 1998 before eventually forming Chicago-based Troubled Hubble. During lulls in Troubled Hubble’s career, Otepka would still write songs for The Heligoats, some of which ended up as TH songs, but most of which can be found on his various Heligoats recordings: Heated Arguments, Mountains, Sapling Sessions, etc. After Troubled Hubble played their last show, Otepka began working on The End of All-Purpose EP.
Being the perfectionist that he is, Otepka took a few years to record, listen, re-mix, and finish up these six songs, all the while touring and writing a full-length (due out in early 2009). This is only the beginning of The Heligoats’ path.