Artist: Aina Haina
Distributed by: Badman Recording Co.
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The band known as Aina Haina got their start when Mike Ailes and Dylan Magierek met at the University of Hawaii. Years later (although they’ll never tell you just how many years that is), the two found their musical paths crossing in Portland, Oregon. As Badman Recording Co. label head, Dylan Magierek has produced albums for such noted bands as My Morning Jacket, The Builders and the Butchers and more. On February 12, 2013, Badman Recording Co. released Aina Haina’s self-titled mini-album.
Though touted to have a sound like Def Leppard and Led Zepplin, I found that Aina Haina’s sound was more Metallica – the deep hard-hitting vocals, the bass guitar, the awesome percussions. The music is hard-hitting rock with well-thought out and catchy lyrics. The band’s sound is very mature and quite professional.
I found that, although of the songs were enjoyable, two tracks on this mini-album stood out. Merisel is a track in which a man sings to his former lover about the pain he suffered during their relationship. As the song moves forward, we realize just how angry the singer is at the ex-girlfriend, but we realize he is even angrier at himself for sticking with this abusive relationship for so long. I Wouldn’t Let Me In If I Were You, my favorite track on the album, talks about explorers from their own point of view. There is a warning here from the explorer – see my boats, know that I will remake you into my own image, force my religion and lifestyles on you…if you let me in…but I wouldn’t let me in if I were you.
My only complaint about the self-titled Aina Haina album is that it was too short. At only six tracks, you realize that you are a bit disappointed when you reach the end. Wait, you start thinking, I want to hear more from this band. Hint, hint! We need more! Serious rock enthusiasts out there should really check out the new Aina Haina mini-album - you won’t be disappointed.