When Chantell Bury and her younger sister Cortney first started a band in Glendive, where their parents own Hell Creek Music Store, their mother couldn’t tell the difference between the other band members and joked about them wearing name tags.
The sisters have moved on and formed a duo, but, according to Chantell, the joke “ended up becoming our band name,” stylized as h3llomynameis.
The name is also a song that touches on the story and the title of their first album, the self-titled “h3llomynameis,” produced by Steve Rutledge.
H3llomynameis’ sound is retro pop punk in the tradition of the Ramones, The Runaways and early Go Go’s, with songs written by Cortney.
“We actually kind of grew up listening to it,” Chantell said.
While their sound takes from the sounds of new wave, Chantell said the music doesn’t sound exactly like the ’80s, it’s “reminiscent of it.”
Now students at Montana State University, Chantell, 21, plays drums while her sister, 14 months younger at 20, plays lead guitar. They share vocal duties in the band. Cortney is a multi-instrumentalist who also plays double bass in the Bozeman symphony. Chantell is also in the MSU drum line and is president of the Procrastinator Theater.
“I’m a geology major, so I’m studying rocks,” Chantell quipped. “It really goes hand in hand (with the music) pretty well.”
While Chantell Bury is ready to take all available opportunities and see where it leads, her sister, a music technology major, is set on being a rock star.
“We’re striving to make a name for ourselves,” Chantell Bury said.
H3llomynameis’ official CD release party is Saturday, Dec. 8 at Wild Joe’s Coffee Spot from 7 to 9 p.m. The sisters will be joined by bassist Cameron Ray and rhythm guitarist Kurt Binder. The event is free.
“h3llomynameis” is available at the release party and on iTunes. It can also be streamed on Spotify.
Rachel Hergett may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 582-2603.