The year 2020 was a strange time to start a band, but The Local Hang-Ups did and are making the best of it. The Local Hang-Ups, the project of Abbey Sitterley and Katy Martin, first started playing music together at the onset of the pandemic.
Abbey Sitterley is a singer-songwriter and also a published writer.
Katy Martin is formerly the singer for local indie band Cottage Street and the daughter of novelty music notable Zilch Fletcher.
Both influenced from a young age by 60s groups and eclectic musical styles, they instantly enjoyed working together on producing their own sound. Beginning strong in February 2020, the duo played several vintage covers at a house show. Just as soon as they started writing their own tunes, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the collaboration moved virtual. It was during this lockdown that the first songs by The Local Hang-Ups were created.
The band self-recorded and released their first single, “Love Somebody” in June 2020. At this point, they were housemates and spent most of their quarantine days coming up with new ideas and practicing in the apartment. Building an audience without in-person shows has proved challenging, but they’ve harnessed social media and live-streaming as tools as much as possible. In the early months of 2020, they self-recorded and released their first EP in May 2021. “Dialtone” is a collection of original songs with intertwining themes that unite to form a call for community amidst these times of isolation.