The musical entity Hannah Ramone began blooming in late 2019 when Hannah - a Seattle-based singer/songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist and music educator recorded their first solo album, Some Kind of Humanness, at Avast Recording Co. with guitarist/keyboardist Matt Brown and drummer Matt Badger.
Hannah was writing and singing songs about life’s big questions as early as 5 years old and spent their childhood and young adulthood immersed in theaters, dance studios, choir rooms, band practice spaces, stages, beaches, treehouses, rivers and woods.
Hannah (Williams) and Matt Badger had known each other for a while as fellow Seattle musicians who both played in indie bands that often played shows together. Hannah played in the bands Friday Mile and Youth Rescue Mission - a band comprised of their siblings - and Matt played in Ravenna Woods. Hannah had always considered Badger to be “the best drummer in town” and in 2011 recruited him to play on some early demos of some of their songs. With Badger’s dynamic, lyrical and energetic drumming and Hannah’s vulnerable songwriting and smoothy-smokey powerful voice, they formed a strong musical soul-connection and camaraderie. However, the two wouldn’t play together again for 8 years as Hannah left town to go to grad school and focus on a career in education.
Throughout that span of time, as their life went through twists and turns, Hannah continued to write songs as a way of processing, learning and self-healing and eventually re-emerged as Hannah Ramone- the artist.
Hannah reunited with Matt Badger in 2019 to finally make their solo-record and in this process met engineer Matt Brown who joined the band shortly after working on the record. Brown was the perfect creative third leg - cultivating an intuitive, comfortable space for the songs to germinate while also filling them out with spacey-ranchy guitar layers, synth loops and an insight. The three of them started rehearsing together, woodshedding the songs they created in the studio and letting them breathe and grow.
In late 2020, it became clear the songs were calling for a bass synth and a bass synth player. When Hannah met Chris Williams, they had an instant connection like they had known each other for lifetimes and made a song together that night. Chris happened to be an electronic musician and multi-media visual artist who goes by Fukushima Breeze and also had a bass synth so Hannah immediately asked Chris to join the band.
They practiced as a four-piece for a year throughout the pandemic, in garages and underground practice spaces, and soon realized something was happening that felt magical and important. The songs had now taken on a whole new life and each musician was in their musical element. The dynamic energy that they created together both in rehearsal and for a live audience when they started playing shows - was something special and their commitment to Hannah Ramone as a band was cemented.
In January 2022, feeling the urgency to capture the new and expansive sound of the band and also the magical thing that happened they played together live, the band recorded their upcoming record at the Unknown - a studio in an old church in Anacortes, WA where they created and captured a spiritual musical experience that will soon be shared with the world.