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Penny Harvest Field

by The Hiders

Harmony driven psychedelic/folk/country rock. Think John Lennon meets Husker Du and you are almost there.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Plastic Flowers
4:12 album only
2. You're Going
3:54 album only
3. Slow Me Down
2:55 album only
4. I Still Do
4:39 album only
5. Dumbos Feather
5:22 album only
6. Pretty Sally
6:51 album only
7. 9 Of Diamonds
4:16 album only
8. Back Home
3:26 album only
9. Feel Like I Love You
4:12 album only
10. Penny Harvest Field
3:11 album only
11. Drive Us Away From Here
5:10 album only
12. Waiting For You
3:25 album only
13. outro
1:22 album only


Album Notes
"Fantastic Indie/Americana ensemble The Hiders return with Penny Harvest Field (inspired by a simple but impressive charitable effort). This is the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Valentine album, which garnered the band some label attention and national exposure thanks to fans at NPR and the World Café. The album marks the first appearance of new drummer Tony Franklin and new bassist Michael Horrigan on a Hiders CD; Horrigan is known for his work with local faves like The Love Cowboys, Throneberry and The Afghan Whigs (more recently, he played with The Raconteurs' Brendon Benson). Penny Harvest Field (which contains a few more "rockers" than the debut) was again recorded in Nashville with Brad Jones, save a couple of tracks done here in Cincinnati with John Curley."

- Mike Breen CITYBEAT

"...Penny Harvest Field sounds like a perfect amalgam of Americana influences, from Neil Young to Son Volt, from Emmylou Harris to Oakley Hall. The title track is full of lyrics of unlucky symbols and resolves with the lines, “I’m lying like a penny/ Facedown on the ground/ I wish someone would pick me up/ But they all think I’m bad luck.” All of the songs that I’ve heard from this album are addictive and more captivating with each listen..."



The city of Cincinnati has a fine jazz-folk tradition, perhaps most recently embodied by the duo Over the Rhine. Bill Alletzhauser, a former multi-instrumentalist with the late, great Ass Ponys, extends that tradition admirably with his current band, The Hiders. On their latest release, Alletzhauser and company provide a harvest full of heartfelt melancholia and frustration, creating a gorgeous Americana album in the process.

The Hiders consists of Alletzhauser (vocals/guitar/lyrics), accompanied by Michael Horrigan (bass), Tony Franklin (drums) and Beth Harris, whose robust harmonies are reminiscent of Emmylou Harris. The quartet draws obvious comparisons to Neil Young, The Band, and Sparklehorse, yet they stand on their own creative feet. At times, Alletzhauser's voice recalls the sadness of Ryan Adams, his guitar playing covers chord progressions quickly like Elliott Smith, and his harmonies with Harris are as perfectly melded as Damien Jurado's are with Rosie Thomas. Essentially, The Hiders transcend the predictable practice of merely blending genres together and create a sound that is undeniably unique. The foursome are recognizably independent in every way.

Their latest album, Penny Harvest Field, is a mesmerizing collection of songs that could easily be labeled as folk music. These compositions are set apart by Alletzhauser's attention to details and honest lyricism, though. The album opens with “Plastic Flowers,” a song detailing the paradox one feels after a breakup: “You were the prettiest thing I ever did see/But I can’t even look at you, I can’t even look…Come back to me!” “You’re Going” is a tightly looped melody that carries Alletzhauser’s sadness until he can finally say, “There’s no surprises anymore/There’s no surprises when you say/You’re going.” The title track, in particular, is a work of poetry that sticks in your head long after it stops playing: “I’m laying like a penny/Face down on the ground I wish someone/Would pick me up/But they all think I’m bad luck.” With Penny Harvest Field, The Hiders have proven that Cincinnati's great musical tradition is still alive and well.

Christopher Green



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Matt Morse

Penny Harvest
This is the best CD I have heard all year. I was eagerly awaiting a new CD from The Hiders and this was well worth the wait. Great song writing and musicianship. I hope they tour the East Coast (Phila) so I can see them perform this music live.

Ryan Jones

Another Great Ohio Discovery!
I'm completely infatuated by this new CD from The Hiders. The opening track "Plastic Flowers" is beautiful and sad and full of emotion that bubbles, simmers and finally steams out from under the lid. The rest of the album is also personal, sweet and emotive; the sound of the band is beautiful and up close. The art and packaging are so tastefully done and cool that I had pangs of jeaolosy that this wasn't my band's product. Would love to see them live, Come to LA or at least SWSX this year!


can't stop listening to this
I can't take this cd out of my car. I seem to always go back to it. Im so glad I listen to World Cafe.I would love a Chicago /Milwaukeee/Madison area stop.


a dark gorgeous catalogue
Penny Harvest Field is, quite frankly, gorgeous. The same cinematic songwriting, deft musicianship, and sigh-inducing vocals that characterize Valentine are also to be found on the Hiders' second album.

In terms of content, Penny Harvest Field is a catalogue of darkness. William Alletzhauser has identified, labeled, measured, drawn, and photographed an entire genus of pre-, mid-, and post-relationship banshees. Each track is a different species of woe, from the dull ache of falling in love to the barbed pain of total solitude.

But Alletzhauser's is not the type of darkness that sits alone and whispers to itself. Instead, it is a darkness that appreciates the prosaic character of its own tragedy. It is this that separates the Hiders from other bands that exploit the same topic.