Hyland are out with the music video to their new single ‘This Love is Free’, a song shedding a new perspective on a world that judges on past performance and status in society. “This song, like several on the album, was written about frustration,” lead singer Jon Lewis explained. “I was just beating myself up about my past and having a hard time getting over what I’d been through… With ‘This Love is Free’, we wanted to emphasize just how important it is to remember that it’s all about God’s grace and really believing in it because God doesn’t grade on a curve.”
‘This Love is Free’ is off the Minneapolis, Minnesota rock band’s debut album ‘Weights & Measures’, out May 3rd on Tooth & Nail Records. Watch the video via Brightcove below.
Jon Lewis from Hyland talked about the recording process for their new album ‘Weights & Measures’, out May 3rd from Tooth and Nail Records. “For me it’s just an opportunity to share my heart through this record,” Jon explained. “Whether it be stuff I’m going through in life or stuff I feel people need to hear and it’s just, sometimes music is a gift and you just want to give it. I really feel this album is literally just a gift we’re trying to just give to you. We’re not looking to be a big deal, we’re not looking to be anything special we just want to give music.” Watch the YouTube video below.
Tooth & Nail’s new artist Hyland is facing a challenge: right before they go on a month-long tour with Fireflight, their trailer and all their equipment has been stolen. The news came just after they have been mentioned in Alternative Press’ latest issue as 100 Bands to Watch, their single ‘This Love Is Free’ is climbing the charts, and they are preparing for their May label debut album. This isn’t the first time the band has been victimized by theft, as last year they had their gear and merchandise stolen, which inspired the song ‘Desperate Man’.
The band is asking for financial help to get their gear replaced in time for their tour – go to their site: hylandofficial.com/ to donate. Also you can check out a story that their local Fox station did on the robbery at their site.
“Hyland has never before asked for money. Ever. Rarely do we even ask for favors,” shares frontman Jon Lewis. “We are not that kind of band. We believe in earning our keep, working hard, and paying it forward, but this is different. We can’t just get on the road and make this back. We don’t have anything to sell!”
Hyland, melodic rockers hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, will release their full-length debut in Spring 2011 after signing a deal with Tooth & Nail Records. The forthcoming release will be produced by Aaron Sprinkle in Seattle and mixed by JR McNeely, with its first radio single being serviced in February. More information and a title for the debut will be announced soon.
Singer Jon Lewis described how the signing happened:
Here we were, in the process of getting songs ready for our next independent recording… Aaron Sprinkle called, asking if he could personally pitch us to Tooth & Nail. We’ve always been huge supporters of T&N and their artists, it’s an honor to now be one of them. The opportunity, the songs, the vision… it’s all coming together. Our first single heads to radio in February… And for the first time ever, I’m excited for a Minnesota Winter!