hALF wHEEL is “probably” Pittsburgh, PA’s favorite two piece instrumental band. We say “probably”, because since our first release in 2017, we have consistently been in the top 10 on the ReverbNation instrumental charts for Pittsburgh. We’ve peaked at #1 with the newest album, “Laniakea”, so assuming the other bands that have been in the #1 spot aren’t a two piece… We’re “probably” Pittsburgh’s favorite two piece instrumental band.
On August 1, 2019, hALF wHEEL released “Laniakea”, the band’s most ambitious recording to date. “Laniakea” is a Hawaiian word meaning “immeasurable heavens”. In addition to Jazz and Sean, the album contains a number of guest musicians to help create a well rounded album.
Jazz wanted to create a concept album that took the listener on a journey through outer space. “Laniakea” is that album. The album starts at the sun, and works its way through the solar system until eventually ending up in the immeasurable heavens. Each song on the album represents a different celestial body.
“Laniakea” was recorded by Jazz Byers at Rattle Clack Entertainment in Pittsburgh, PA, and was mixed by Mike Ofca at Innovation Studios in Steubenville, OH.
The band released another studio album in 2017 simply titled “hALF wHEEL”, followed by two videos. “Maybe Someday” was the first video released from the album and featured guest guitarist, Anthony Leone. “This Is Not Goodbye” was the 2nd video, and it featured footage of the band performing live and traveling.
hALF wHEEL began in 2016 when Jazz Byers (guitar, bass guitar, drums, Strumstick, keyboards) made a documentary movie called “Bicycling The Southern Tier”, about his solo bicycle ride across the United States. He needed a soundtrack, so he wrote and recorded 10 songs in a day. The following day, Sean Nestor (lead guitars) joined him in the studio to track the lead guitars. An additional song was recorded a few weeks later and that became the band’s first full-length release entitled “Ride”.
Several videos were released from the album. “Keep Moving” was the first video single followed by “The Desert”. Both videos feature footage of the band, as well as, footage from the documentary.