Havalina Rail Co. or just Havalina was an eclectic rock band from Long Beach, California. Many of Havalina's releases were regional concept albums. Although they were not a well-known band, their sound paved the way for later "post-rock" alternative bands such as The Arcade Fire and Animal Collective. According to the band's website, the band's name was inspired by the song Havalina by The Pixies. Havalina was active from 1992 through 2005. Havalina played their last show on March 17, 2005 at The Gypsy Lounge. Former members of Havalina are now involved in Matt Death and the New Intellectuals.
Havalina Rail Co. released this self-titled album through important independent label Tooth and Nail Records (who have sold Gold-certified and mainstream chart-topping albums) in 1994. The album contains 19 tracks. In an interview for KPSU, Wignall commented that the first album was "this sort of finding our path and gravitating towards American sounds."