Of their first single release, the duo said, “Writing songs for us was just an excuse to hang out and try to make sense of what was going on in our lives at the time. We were both dealing with recent breakups and losing our ability to be on the road due to the pandemic; writing together quickly became our weapon against the feelings of loneliness and isolation that so many people were feeling at that time. ‘Bonnaroo’ was the first of these many songs we wrote that summer and really is what started this band. Although written through the lens of a dying relationship, ‘Bonnaroo’ is really about the inevitable changes that happen to all of us when we try to cut off things that are holding us back.”
Homes At Night — made up of songwriters Hank Compton and Aksel Coe — create alternative pop/rock anthems that blur the boundaries between genre and generation. It’s a sound that’s both nostalgic and modern, layered with organic instruments, synth-driven soundscapes, cinematic hooks, and a percussive pulse. On their debut EP, If You Were a Stranger (out later this year), the bandmates blend their indie sensibilities with story-driven songcraft, nodding to their Nashville roots while simultaneously pushing far beyond them.
Created during the global pandemic that brought both musicians’ schedules to a halt, If You Were a Stranger began as a series of pressure-free recording sessions in Coe’s basement. Free to indulge their musical whims, they pieced together an EP about dying relationships, new beginnings, and catharsis, bouncing between bombastic anthems and hushed, Elliot Smith-worthy indie pop. Featuring production from Grammy nominee JT Daly, If You Were a Stranger turns the uncertainty of the modern moment — a time when Hank and Aksel found themselves homebound, unable to make a living as touring musicians — into a new kind of stability. It’s music for the heart and the head, created by two songwriters who bring their own palette to the grey area between genres.