Health, (usually stylized as HEALTH) is an American noise rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band's 2007 release with Crystal Castles charted at position nine in the UK indie singles chart.
The band have found fame by playing multiple concerts for free, leading to a variety of venues requesting to book them. The band's favourite setting, LA's The Smell, has been their chosen place to record their full length album, "during empty mornings", although the band have already recorded a live album at the Smell, released on DNT Records.
In 2008, Boston newspaper The Phoenix named them the Best New Band from California.
HEALTH opened for Nine Inch Nails on part of the Lights in the Sky tour in the fall of 2008.
The name of the band was chosen after the band's members agreed that they wanted to use an "everyday word." They created a list of words and went through to see which was taken, and the word "health" was the only one left.
HEALTH have been described as having "artfully crafted noise and raw synth, haunting monotone vocals, and drum skills that are borderline insane". Guardian Unlimited writer, Louis Pattison, chose the Crystal Castles version of "Crimewave" as the pick of the week, describing the song as "melancholy electro-pop built from pixelated synths and depressed vocals that hint at a past programme of busy and sustained serotonin depletion". Jim Carroll of The Irish Times also chose the song as tune of the week.
The band describes the role of lyrics as being "purposely kept vague for the listener":
"...[Lyrics] sort of begin to bring out this more individual quality to the whole thing like, ‘These are the lyrics, and this is the guy is singing them, so I can relate to that.’ Which is really not something we want. We wanted the vocals to have an even, unaffected feel. A softness, like a Zombies melody, or even a Gregorian chant. We aren’t just interested in being a noisy screaming band."
The band's unusual sound can be partially accredited to the use of the Zoothorn, which is a permutation of microphone and guitar pedal and an occasional atonal sound without a symmetrical structure.
In piece for Dummymag.com, HEALTH described their love of sounds from the guitar solo on All Along the Watchtower to an elk's yelp.
To promote their 2009 album, GET COLOR, the band held a sweepstakes contest, in which a winner of a golden ticket was awarded a free trip to Los Angeles to go to Magic Mountain with the band. Other prizes included locks of the band members' hair and posters autographed in blood.
HEALTH plans to debut an internet television show entitled HEALTHvision, which will star members of the band. They will also debut a clothing line in early 2010, which will feature high-quality, hand-sewn, one-of-a-kind designer items.
2007 HEALTH - Lovepump United
2008 HEALTH//DISCO - Lovepump United (Remix Album)
2009 GET COLOR - Lovepump United
2007 Crystal Castles vs. HEALTH - Crimewave - Trouble Records (#9 UK indie singles charts)
2007 Crystal Castles//HEALTH 7" Split - Lovepump United
2008 PERFECT SKIN +RMX 7" - Suicide Squeeze
2008 HEAVEN +RMXS 12" - Flemish Eye
2008 TRICERATOPS//LOST TIME +RMXS 12" - Tough Love Records
2008 //M\\ 7" - No Pain In Pop
2009 DIE SLOW 7" - Lovepump United
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