Local 913, Episode 37: Donora
For the final weeks of 2015, we’re revisiting our Top 5 favorite local releases of the year. This week, we’re highlighting the latest full length album from the indie-pop trio Donora. The Rostrum Records released Ha Ha Heart, was recorded in drummer and producer Jake Hanner’s newly created home studio in Gibsonia. The space worked in bringing out the band’s energy in a more complete form than previous releases. Ha Ha Heart is filled with bouncy and catchy riffs, shiny choruses, and a 60s meets modern-electro pop collection of songs. Casey Hanner, Donora’s lead singer and song-writer talked about the reason for having a physical product for sale after the label decided Ha Ha Heart would be a down-load only release:
“As a consumer of music, I really like to go to a show and actually have a physical copy. I think download cards are great for this day and age, but as a fan, I like to have something physical. So we came up with the idea of putting together a book for the album. We documented the whole process of making the album with pictures, little snippets of stories, original lyrics for the songs and we put it all together in a book.”
You can catch Donora live in concert on February 13 at The Pittsburgh Winery (pls link: https://www.showclix.com/event/donora-brooke-annibale). For more on Donora, check out their website and for more on WYEP’s top 5 local releases of 2015, check out our music blog.