Hala
Booking: patrick@bikergangbooking.com
Availability: SXSW 2019 / May, June, July 2019
Situation: Festivals / Headline / Support / Fly-outs
Recording under the moniker Hala, 21 year old Ian Ruhala writes songs that feel fresh, bright, but insightful, out of his home in Detroit, Michigan. It is the kind of music that one would expect to hear at the beginning of a movie or short film, alongside opening credits. With a prolific output, Hala stresses the importance of the songwriting and production process, as much as the final product. Take his 2016 debut, Spoonfed, which is perhaps Hala’s best-known collection of songs. “I was in a pretty rough, and eclectic state of mind, when I was writing and recording the album,” Ruhala remembers. “I felt like the entire world was fighting against me, and my only weapon of defense was my voice, and my guitar.” Recorded in the attic of a century old home in Midtown Detroit, with limited studio equipment, songs like “Club Soda,” “Phone Calls,” and, “Not Your Modern Man,” chronicle Ruhala’s experiences of living in a musical commune, and crossing the threshold of adulthood. These songs document in a rather poignant way, a sense of uncomfortability, and naiveté, that almost simultaneously accompanied these transitions in the young writer’s life. The stand-out from the record, “What Is Love? Tell Me, Is It Easy?,” has gathered praise for having this sensibility. Lyrically, Hala says the song is rather rhetorical, but since it’s release it has become a soundtrack for the optimistic but always hopeless romantics of indie rock consumption. Hala’s latest numbers, seem like reasonable stepping stones. On “Love Grows,” the guitars waver hot above a low, dusty drumbeat, as a restless bassline shrugs beneath shuffling chords, and a vocal that croons like that of Bob Dylan. A most recent single, 2018’s, “Sorry,” shows Hala at perhaps his most realized—sunny and fun, with lyrics as mischievous as the guitar’s leads; the track is energetic, restless and all encompassing.
Upcoming Shows
Past Shows
March 14, 2018, 7 p.m.
Satellite Bar - SOLD OUT
Houston, Texas
May 27, 2018, 7 p.m.
Chop Shop
Chicago, Illinois
June 26, 2018, 7 p.m.
Subterranean
Chicago, Illinois
June 27, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
The Bishop Bar
Bloomington, Indiana
June 29, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Two Boots
Nashville, Tennessee
June 30, 2018, 7 p.m.
Drunken Unicorn
Atlanta, Georgia
July 1, 2018, 7 p.m.
The Bends
St. Petersburg, Florida
July 2, 2018, 7 p.m.
Will's Pub
Orlando, Florida
July 3, 2018, 7 p.m.
Las Rosas
Miami, Florida
July 6, 2018, 6 p.m.
Gallery5
Richmond, Virginia
July 7, 2018, 2 p.m.
Libertytown Arts
Fredericksburg, Virginia
July 7, 2018, 7 p.m.
Electric Maid
Washington, DC
July 8, 2018, 8 p.m.
Everybody Hits
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 9, 2018, 8 p.m.
Trans-Pecos
Brooklyn, New York
July 10, 2018, 8 p.m.
O'Brien's
Boston, Massachusetts
July 12, 2018, 7 p.m.
House Skellington
Plattsburgh, New York
July 13, 2018, 7 p.m.
The Baby G
Toronto, Ontario
July 14, 2018, 7 p.m.
Mahall's Locker Room
Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 15, 2018, 2 p.m.
El Club
Detroit, Michigan
Jan. 31, 2019, 8 p.m.
O'Brien's
Boston
Feb. 3, 2019, 8 p.m.
Elsewhere (Zone One)
New York City
Feb. 4, 2019, 7 p.m.
Everybody Hits
Philadelphia
March 16, 2019, 7 p.m.
Three Links
Dallas
April 24, 2019, 7 p.m.
Rebel Lounge
Phoenix
April 26, 2019, 8 p.m.
Prophet Bar
Dallas
April 27, 2019, 9 p.m.
Barracuda
Austin
April 29, 2019, 7 p.m.
The Masquerade
Atlanta
April 30, 2019, 7 p.m.
Local 506
Chapel Hill
May 2, 2019, 7 p.m.
U Street Music Hall
Washington DC
May 3, 2019, 7 p.m.
Baby's All Right
Brooklyn
May 5, 2019, 8 p.m.
The Foundry
Philadelphia
May 7, 2019, 7 p.m.
Smiling Moose
Pittsburgh
May 8, 2019, 7 p.m.
House of Blues
Cleveland
May 10, 2019, 7 p.m.
The Loving Touch
Detroit
May 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Chop Shop
Chicago
May 12, 2019, 7 p.m.
7th Street Entry
Minneapolis
May 14, 2019, 9 p.m.
Globe Hall
Denver
May 15, 2019, 7 p.m.
Kilby Court
Salt Lake City
May 17, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Echoplex
Los Angeles