By Kim Lyle
Hydrogen Child is constantly in motion. With an ever-evolving sound and the tour RV odometer to prove it—they get around. All this movement has made for an impressive fan following, one that won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
Their latest performance is set to take place this Friday, July 24, at Chelsea’s Café. Sharing the stage will be notable groups Startisan and The Breton Sound, with music beginning at 9 p.m.
Birthed out of Shreveport, La., just five years ago, Hydrogen Child is composed of Ansley Rimmer (lead vocalist), Clyde Hargrove (guitar), Chris Rimmer (bass), and Hali Kha (drums). Together they are working to carve out a unique space for themselves in the music world, one that can be difficult to wrap a neat label around.
“If I had to box our sound into a genre, I would say we’re alternative pop,” said lead vocalist, Ansley Rimmer. “It’s just such a difficult question because we still consider ourselves a very young band, and our sound is constantly changing and progressing. So this week we could be alternative pop, and next week we might write a progressive rock ballad.”
With a list of favorite musicians that include acts like Jimmy Eat World, Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, and Regina Spektor, it’s clear that the band remains exposed to a broad range of sounds.
“As a band we try not to be too heavily influenced by other artists,” said Rimmer. “Well, we try not to show it, at least. Realistically, all art is influenced in some way or another by another work of art. The trick is to take those influences and create something unique. After all, I don’t think there is a single chord progression or melody that hasn’t been written before in some form.”
As the band matures, they find themselves reaching for new heights. One of their rather recent milestones has been the release of their 5-song EP, Sirens.
“The ultimate goal of this EP is to bring the band to a level we haven’t reached before,” said Rimmer. “We would like to cause a buzz in the industry, and maybe even have the opportunity to hop on a tour as an opener for a bigger band. That would be ideal.”
While the band has plans to continue recording, they also put a lot of creative energy into their live performances. Onstage, Hydrogen Child aims to wipe the audience clean of life’s everyday stresses. It’s their hope that listeners will be able to forget where they are and delve deeper into the music as the set progresses.
“We want them to feel vulnerable, but also comfortable,” said Rimmer. “Violated but also consoled. We want to make you giggle and maybe tear up a bit. We want our listeners to explore their emotions just as we explore ours when we’re writing and performing. When we are onstage, we are completely stripped down, emotionally naked, in front of our audience. We want our audience to know that for 45 minutes, it’s okay to be that way.”