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Kill Hannah is an alternative rock band formed in Chicago, Illinoismarker and is currently signed to Original Signal Recordings and Universal Motown Records in the US and Roadrunner Records outside of the US. They have released six studio albums, seven EP, and two compilation albums as well as three DVDs.

History

Kill Hannah was formed by singer-songwriter Mat Devine in 1993. The band is named after Devine's ex-girlfriend. At the time, Devine was singing and playing guitar in a band called In a Jar UK. After the fallout with Hannah, Devine printed up stickers to place on In a Jar UK 7" records bearing the name "Kill Hannah."

Kill Hannah recorded their Atlantic Records debut For Never & Ever in Los Angelesmarker in the winter of 2003 with producer Sean Beavan and mixer Tim Palmer. The album was mostly re-recorded versions of back-catalog songs and numbers that had been performed live for about a year prior. The band shot video for the song "Unwanted," but did not to release it until 2006, when they released it as an Internet-only clip.

Through much of 2003 through 2007, Kill Hannah performed with Chevelle, HIM, Papa Roach, Thousand Foot Krutch, AFI, Dashboard Confessional, Neverending White Lights, and The Sounds, while also opening for bands such as Jane's Addiction, Everclear, Eve 6, Mindless Self Indulgence, 30 Seconds To Mars, and The All-American Rejects.

The single "Kennedy" received some attention. It was performed on Last Call with Carson Daly and featured on television shows such as Jack & Bobby, One Tree Hill, and North Shore.

Kill Hannah signed with Atlantic Records in late 2002, while being managed by Steve Hutton. Kill Hannah has since parted company with Hutton. The band released their second album, Until There's Nothing Left of Us, with Atlantic Records, on August 1 2006. They are now signed with Roadrunner Records outside of the US and released Until There's Nothing Left of Us for the UKmarker on March 24.

After finishing the US leg of the Hope for the Hopeless tour with InnerPartySystem, The White Tie Affair, and The Medic Droid, the European leg ended unfortunately when on October 21, 2008, Kill Hannah's tour bus caught fire while driving through Switzerland. Almost all of their personal belongings were burnt so badly that they were no longer usable, including clothing, laptops, passports and all of the gifts from fans they had acquired during the tour. Although no one was hurt, their schedules for Paris and Belgium had to be canceled whilst they waited for a replacement Bus from Manchester, England. The tour then resumed in Stoke, England on October 24.

Mat Devine at Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan on August 19, 2008.


In an interview with Kerrang! magazine in 2008, vocalist Mat Devine stated that the band will begin preparation for the next studio album after the "Hope for the Hopeless" tour has ended. However, he stated that this album will be "heavier" and "more aggressive" than the last albums. Commenting on the album he said: "I'm not saying this will be the next Necrophagist or Burzum but its going to be a lot more aggressive and heavier than the others. But I am confident fans will enjoy it as we are 200% prepared so we know what to include and not to include. We've always intended to make a heavy album and this is our time."

Guitarist Jonny Radtke did not join the band on the Europe leg of their fall 2008 Hope For The Hopeless Tour. Tom Schleiter, the guitarist from Powerspace, joined them in his place. Radtke returned to play the band's yearly 'New Heart For Xmas' show in Chicago (during which the band premiered two new songs - "Snowblind" and "Radio", but bassist Greg Corner later confirmed in a radio interview with Chicago's Q101 that Radtke has in fact left the band to pursue other projects and has not been present in recording their new album. Posts on Radtke's Twitter account refer to his new side project, Polar Moon.

Due to a change in record labels, Kill Hannah canceled their Spring 2009 United Kingdommarker tour. The new record deal has the band under a deadline to put out their newest album, Wake Up The Sleepers, by the end of summer 2009; thus forcing the band to stay in the United States of Americamarker to record. The remainder of their fall US tour dates also had to be cancelled after their van and equipment were stolen in Philadelphia in November, 2009.

Discography

Studio albums

Year Title Record Label
1996 The Beauty in Sinking Ships Self-Released
1998 Here Are the Young Moderns Self-Released
1999 American Jet Set Brat Pack Recordings
2003 For Never & Ever Atlantic Records
2006 Until There's Nothing Left of Us Atlantic Records
2009 Wake Up The Sleepers Original Signal Recordings/Universal Motown Records


EPs

Year Title Record Label
1996 Hummingbirds the Size of Bullets Self-Released
1996 Sleeping Like Electric Eels Self-Released
1997 Stunt Pilots Self-Released
2001 Unreleased Cuts 2000/2001 Self-Released
2002 Kill Hannah Tour EP Self-Released
2006 Lips Like Morphine EP Atlantic Records


Compilations

2004 The Curse of Kill Hannah Self-Released
2008 Hope for the Hopeless Self-Released


Promos

Lovesick/Nerve Gas (Cassette Promo) (1997)

All That He Wants (American Jet Set) (3-Track Single) (1999)

Welcome To Chicago, Motherfucker (1-Track Single) (2000)

Kill Hannah Sampler (Kennedy/Big Shot 'Snippet') (2003)

Kennedy (1-Track Single) (2003)

1993-1999 (5-Track CD with four older songs plus "Goodnight, Goodbye".) (2003)

A New Heart For Christmas (1-Track Single) (2003)

Lips Like Morphine (1-Track Single) (2006)

Lips Like Morphine 'Remixes' (2006)

Crazy Angel 'Remixes' (2007)

Boys And Girls (Promo 3-Track Single) (2008)

DVDs

  • Welcome to Chicago (December, 2005)
  • New Heart for X-Mas 6 Limited Edition (December, 2008)
  • Seize The Days" (December 2008)


Singles

Year Song US Hot 100 U.S. Modern Rock Album
1999 "Humming Birds the size of Bullets" - Humming Birds the size of Bullets
2003 "Kennedy" - - For Never & Ever
2006 "Lips Like Morphine" - 37 Until There's Nothing Left of Us
2008 "Boys And Girls" - For Never & Ever


Members

Current

  • Mat Devine - Vocals
  • Dan Wiese - Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Greg Corner - Bass
  • Elias Mallin - Drums
  • Gil Baram - Live Guitar


Former

  • Jonathan Radtke - guitar, backing vocals
  • Garrett Hammond - drums
  • James Connelly - drums
  • Allen Morgenstern - bass
  • Daniel Wenberg - drums
  • Isaac Bender - guitar, keyboards
  • Kerry Finerty - lead guitar/backing vocals


External links



References

  1. http://www2.kerrang.com/2008/01/kill_hannah_sign_to_roadrunner.html Kerrang
  2. Tour bus fire article contactmusic.com.
  3. http://twitter.com/jonnyradtke
  4. http://www.livedaily.com/news/kill-hannah-tour-van-stolen-forces-concert-cancellations-20691.html
  5. http://www.killhannah.com/kh_store.php
  6. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=377&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+Modern+Rock+Tracks&ci=3078836&cdi=9070930&cid=10%2F21%2F2006



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