Live Record: The Heligoats

The Heligoats – Live from the Banana Stand is available now! What are you waiting for, download it!


A treasure held in the Banana Stand vault for two years, now available now for the first time! A great example of how intimate and honest live perfromances can be. Equal parts storytelling and catchy, touching pop-tunes.


Sometimes, we get to release an album for the first time years after its original recording date. That’s the case for this live set from Chris Otepka (“The Heligoats”), which was recorded slightly more than two years before its October 2nd 2012 release date. We are very grateful to now maintain this album in our online archive. It’s a terrific performance from a unique talent, and it made for a live album which we think you’ll really love.


Otepka, thanks to Greyday Records’ Todd Berry, was a surprise addition to Banana Stand’s September 2010 event. He nearly stole the night. The ‘Stand was packed, and the audience’s attention was rapt. None chattered during the introductions to his songs. All, including me, laughed at his jokes and asides. Then, as he played each song, he drew us in even further into the delightful, dream-like reality which The Heligoats inhabits. All eyes were on Otepka, and the entire Banana Stand was charmed by his performance.


You’ll be charmed by his live release as well. Minus a really great cover of Islands in the Stream which we can’t clear the rights to, we managed to convince Chris to let us release the recording in its entirety. The result, as artfully cut by our friend Eli Johnston, is a great representation of a terrific, incredibly intimate performance. Despite not seeing public release until now, the album has always been one of our favorites. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have!


If you do like the release, please purchase it from our online store. All proceeds from album sales are split with artists and post-production staff, and Banana Stand’s portion goes directly to bringing you more great live albums like this one. So, if you have some money to spare, please consider supporting The Heligoats and Banana Stand!




The Heligoats – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience on September 25th, 2010 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was mixed and mastered by Louie Herr and Eli Johnston. Michael McInerney produced art for the album, which includes original photography from various ‘Standers and the original show poster, also by Brian. The Banana Stand would like to thank The Heligoats (Chris Otepka), all who participated in this album’s creation and anyone that has helped us out along the way.


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