The Great Hiatum / Press

“The Great Hiatum embraces their inner weird. They’re not afraid to be overtly sexual or inappropriately critical of themselves. This atmosphere that they have developed within their close creator circle carries over into their musical expression. Spending even just an hour with the band gives you the impression that they embody the musical atmosphere of Eugene. They are comfortable here and their talents flourish because of it. “There is always someone here that is weirder than you and you will come across them on any given day,” Miller says. “It makes it so much easier to figure out what exactly you like.” The Great Hiatum is uncomfortable being pigeonholed to a single sound or genre. “We didn’t pick a genre and decide, ‘We are going to be reggae’ or ‘We are going to be electronic,’” Randel says. “We didn’t want to limit ourselves, we just made what we thought sounded groovy and then decided to keep going in a high-energy direction. “ ”

“The Great Hiatum is a self-described “five-piece sock-rocking electronic dance rock detail” made up of students in Eugene. Melissa Randel, Keith Randel, James Aronoff, Max Miller and Travis Lein are the current members of the band, which was originally founded in 2010. Coming from varying places including Arizona, California and Washington, the group plays around with different sounds and styles, drawing inspiration from each member’s unique interests. The group has played sets at a wide range of locations, including the University’s EMU amphitheater and the Century Center in Bend. The band also frequents venues such as the Campbell Club. The Great Hiatum has played around campus enough to make a name for itself, and it continues to play sets often. The band said in a message that they are honored to be voted best student band, and the group’s official response to the win is, “To whom it may concern: We love you, too.””

“The Great Hiatum is a band of UO alums that considers itself “dance rock,” a fitting genre for the wide range of sounds these musicians bring to the stage. The foundation for most of Great Haitum’s songs is rock music, though the band dabbles in punk and electronic as well. Wielding a style that might seem convoluted at first, the band does justice to the different genres it spans, and every song is a passionate cry, calling listeners to the dance floor. ”

“The Great Hiatum is dance rock, which is a way of saying that they’re like regular rock with a more pronounced, groovier beat. Like the other bands competing to see which is truly the bandest, The Great Hiatum is at the intersection of a number of styles. How would you describe your sound? Dance rock, with a sprinkle of jazz, punk, and flair. When did you get interested in music? We have been together about two years, in some conglomeration of band members. I started singing at 21, when I decided not to rely on others to provide me with music I could react to. We are all audiophiles, and have been since birth. What are your plans for Bandest? As the only “rock” band, we are hopinhoping to bring a lot of energy to our performance. Our music is something that gets people dancing and participating. We intend to leave everyone joyful, energized, and elated by the end of our set. If all else fails, I’ll get naked (just kidding).”