HITS is a percussion-based trio hailing from Portland, OR, comprising multi-instrumentalist Allan Wilson, a founding member of !!! (chk chk chk), and drummers Lisa Schonberg and Heather Treadway, two thirds of the brilliant (and sadly defunct) Explode Into Colors. Leaping at the chance to explore their disciplines together, the three collaborators created HITS for a month-long residency in the fall of 2012 at artist Andrea Zittel’s A-Z West compound in the rocky hills of Joshua Tree. To realize the sound pieces in a performance context, the band employed a multi-channel speaker array designed by Wilson, and donned gowns designed and crafted by Treadway with dyes inspired by desert soils and plants.
'Sunshine Baby,' their first recorded offering, features six songs that highlight the group’s careful balance between field recordings and a kaleidoscopic range of live drums and percussion. The intensity and variety of sounds reflect the character of the desert in which it was made: stark, strong rhythms and kosmische tone washes echo the dry, windy landscape of the California desert. Ephemeral voices and samples appear from nooks and shady turns, while others seem to emerge from great depths, like the roots of the joshua tree itself. The range of affected audio, ear-catching vocal turns, and trance-like focus adds dimension throughout, standing out all the more for having been recorded entirely in Wilson’s attic and mixed in his closet.
"HITS make music that is as visceral as it is visual..." -Impose Magazine
"You reach a point where the music becomes absolutely mesmerizing in its abstract emotional impact — the beats coil around your brain, refusing to budge, and place you in the odd position of having to make your way through a landscape of ruined percussion in order to find the road back home." -Nooga
"...as meditative and hypnotic as anything you’d expect to grow out of so much time spent banging on drums, likely around campfires, in the middle of the California desert… which is certainly not to say that the record sounds like a hippie free-form jam out, either. The project’s sound design, initially designed to be performed in a multi-channel environment, is much more deliberate and sculpted — but still manages to encourage the same kind of loose-limbed nature worship any hippie jam out would be on board with." -Redefine Magazine