Halfloves: fresh name, familiar sound

Halfloves album release party

Englert Theatre — Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m.

Iowa City’s Halfloves; photo by Lizzie White

This March, a local band familiar to many will get a verbal makeover. Once known as The Olympics (and, prior to that, The Happy Chromosomes), the newly-minted Halfloves are set to make some noise in 2016. The band, which has four albums out currently, is releasing new material on March 4, its first album under the new moniker. Check out “It’s Easy to Love,” a teaser track from the record, below:

Halfloves partnered on this self-titled release with producer Brandon Darner (also known¬†locally as guitarist and founding member of The Envy Corps), who was fresh off his work with the Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons. They have been in and out of the studio since May of 2014, in what Halfloves’ Jeff Roalson calls “a completely different experience and process than anything any of us have done before.” The band is very excited about this album, which they say “mixes pop sensibilities with heady textures and space to create an emotionally charged sound.”

To celebrate their new name and new release, Halfloves will be holding an album release show at the Englert Theatre on Friday, March 4. Trevor Sensor will be opening for them. The show is all ages; doors open at 7 p.m. and Sensor’s set begins at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $10; they will be $15 at the door.