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On the heels of 2021’s Social Dissonance, this year brings the 3 song True Belief EP from Los Angeles band Hello Stranger. Born out of the pandemic, “we had these incredibly topical, salient songs we had been working on for months, but it was difficult to get into studios or collaborate with producers,” recalls Sam. “As many other artists did during that time, we decided to do it ourselves.”

It became a turning point for Hello Stranger, their first self-engineered and produced effort. “We were liberated; able to make music when and where we wanted, to say all the things that we knew were important to say, and to freely pursue our musical inclinations wherever they might lead.”

Earlier this summer, the band released the “stellar” (-V13) title track about the commodification of rebellion and quickly followed with the video. 

True Belief EP is available now.


“ripping, shredding guitars with ’90s-inspired riffs…with a kind of no-nonsense approach to songwriting… [“True Belief”] ponders how we use important historical figures and movements.” – V13

“…a riff-loving bunch… they direct their bombast at some worthy targets.” – BuzzBands LA

“…modern rock track, featuring strident guitar riffs and trashing drums, centers lyrically on the commodification of rebellion.” – Ghettoblaster Magazine

“With sensational images, impeccable production and very good taste, this band presents a magnificent work, filled with an impressive atmosphere where their rock parades through striking and very intense harmonies.” – Roadie Music


Hello Stranger was formed in a dusty Los Angeles rehearsal studio in 2015. After moving to L.A., Sam Deffenbaugh (singer/guitarist) was joined by acclaimed musicians Alex Monfort (Kenny Y Los Electricos, Kenny Aviles), Doug Slohm (The Alpine Camp), and Dillon Yoder (All Access, Shiver, Faultline). Hello Stranger released their debut record, Long Division, with producer Jon Lundin in January 2018. The album has now received over 1 million combined streams. In September 2021, they followed up their debut with Social Dissonance. 2022 brings the EP True Belief as the band continues to write/record their next full-length album.


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