Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Introducing: - Band/Artist Name: hooyoosay

Band/Artist Name: hooyoosay
Album Name: Come on (EP)
Website Address:
Music Style: pop - rock - blues

                           hooyoosay – Not your average rock 'n' roll band
An occasional recording jam eventually leading to online releases and band members preferring to keep their anonymity, that's the short story of hooyoosay.

Indeed, hooyoosay is not your average rock 'n' roll band: no faces, no names, no credits, no touring… just a handful of great songs on iTunes and Amazon.
Or call it music with no ego.

The founding artists, all of them busy with other musical projects, once got together by way of a casual jam, celebrating their common fondness for rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, retro pop and the cultures of the past decades. There was no advance plan at all, but however the outcome of the session was an online distribution and the shaping of an accidental concept into a formula-based project. Since then many more have contributed, all firmly respecting the initial anonymity principle.

The title song is a remake of Chuck Berry's "Come on", and gives another twist to sixties rock 'n' roll and yesteryear's pop melodies. It is modern retro, creating a sonic pastiche that connects the band's trademark British Invasion sound with elements as diverse as new wave, post-punk, garage and even Japanese techno. It has thumping bass and staccato drumming, phoney keyboards and snotty vocals, and of course that indispensable "let's rock 'n' roll" fuzzy electric guitar solo.

The EP can be seen as a digital 45, B-sided by "The under assistant West Coast promotion man", a parody of the figure of the emphatic but thwarted music promoter.

Once on the B-side of The Rolling Stones' smash hit "Satisfaction", this song is all about British Invasion blues bands coming to tour America during the sixties, where they often found themselves escorted by some Mr know-it-all type of local tour promoter. As these young bands had only just discovered American music, they inevitably brought their own interpretations of those blues and country standards, instead of rendering them in the established American ways.

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