The Helio Sequence


The Helio Sequence is an alternative rock duo from Portland, Oregon, currently signed to Sub Pop records. The band consists of Brandon Summers on vocals and guitars, and Benjamin Weikel on drums and keyboards. Summers and Weikel formed The Helio Sequence in 1999, and played their first show in Portland at the Mount Tabor Theater.

The band has released three albums on Sub Pop, two on the Portland-based label Cavity Search, and a self-released EP. Their fifth album, entitled Negotiations, was released in September 2012.

The Helio Sequence toured with the British band Keane through the United States in 2009. In June 2010, they were Keane's support act in several gigs throughout Great Britain during the British band's "Night Train Tour." In September 2013, they began a U.S. tour co-headlining with Menomena.

Brandon Summers is responsible for the lyrics, lead vocals, guitar, and shares production credits with Weikel. Prior to the release of their 2008 album Keep Your Eyes Ahead, Summers lost his voice, but he regained it before their newest release. The band's sound evolved on Keep Your Eyes Ahead, due in part to Summers damaging his vocal cords and then re-learning to sing. On prior albums he can be heard also playing the harmonica on several tracks from their 2004 release, Love and Distance.

Benjamin Weikel grew up in Beaverton, Oregon, where he worked with Summers at a local music store. In addition to playing drums and keyboard for The Helio Sequence, as well as taking part in production, Weikel also recorded with the band Modest Mouse. He played drums on their platinum-selling record Good News for People Who Love Bad News, and later their record No One's First, and You're Next in 2009. This led to the The Helio Sequence and Modest Mouse touring together later on. Weikel also recorded with Ramona Falls on their 2009 album Intuit.

The Helio Sequence released their new self-titled album on May 19, 2015. This record serves as their sixth to date, and follows their last album Negotiations. The new album was produced and mixed by the band at Portland’s Old Jantzen Building, and later mastered by Greg Calbi (Father John Misty, Sleater-Kinney, The War on Drugs) at Sterling Sound.