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Hooray For Earth is a New York City-based rock band that originated from home recordings that were created by singer and multi-instrumentalist Noel Heroux.  The band materialized in 2005 when Heroux and the band’s bassist, Chris Principe, met and played in various projects throughout high school before forming Hooray For Earth.  While Heroux and Principe were living in Boston, Heroux worked diligently on home recordings of his songs, many of which became some of Hooray For Earth’s first tunes.

The band later recruited drummer Seth Kasper and keyboardist/guitarist Gary Benacquista before releasing a self-titled demo and playing gigs all around Boston before relocating to New York City in 2007.  The demo highlighted the band’s unique blend of high-power rock and synthesizer tones, which soon caught the ear of Dopamine Records who signed Hooray For Earth and released their debut EP, “Cellphone,” in early 2008.  The record later re-released the band’s demo as an official album in 2009.  That same year, Kasper left the group and was replaced by a new drummer, Joseph Ciampini.

A second EP, “Momo,” was released by online subscription service eMusic Selects and was later released physically by Dovecote Records in 2010.  All of this lead up to the band’s first proper recording of their full-length album, “True Loves,” in 2010.  The album was constructed, produced, and performed mostly by Heroux, with other bandmembers and collaborators like Zambri and mixing engineer Chris Coady contributing in various ways.  The album was released in June of 2011 and was followed up by the band’s second full-length album, “Racy,” in 2014.

If the band’s sound could be described in a few words, it would be “atmospheric” and “sound blending.”  Every track these guys produce is meant to make you feel calm and at peace.  The sounds drift through your ears and seem to want to whisp you away to another world.  Their songs continually have build-ups and falls and the band is not afraid to experiment with their own formula.  It definitely makes for an interesting listening experience and makes the band one that has to be experienced in order to understand.

Check out some of the band’s biggest hits below and if you like what you hear, check out the band’s two albums, “True Love” and “Racy” which are both out now in stores and on Itunes.

 

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Bear Hands are a post-punk and indie rock band that consists of Dylan Rau (vocals/guitar), Val Loper (bass), Ted Feldman (guitar) and TJ Orscher (drums).  The band hails from New York and formed in 2006.  In 2010, the band signed to Cantora Records when they released their first single, “What a Drag.”

After releasing their debut LP “Burning Bush Supper Club” in 2010, the band toured as the opening act for Passion Pit, GZA and We Were Promised Jetpacks.”  During mid-2014, their hit single, “Giants,” became a top-ten hit on the Alternative Songs chart.

Dylan Rau first met Ted Feldman while the two attended Wesley University and were later joined by Loper and Orscher through their previous bands, who were all involved in the local hardcore punk scene.  During an interview at SXSW 2010, Orscher was quoted saying, “Dylan had some material he wanted to put with a band, and a project Val and I were working on for the last half decade had just ended.  He said he knew the perfect guitarist and when we met up and played for the first time, as cliche as it may be, everything just clicked.  We started writing material together, fleshing songs out, and started to play some local shows around NYC.  We fight like brothers and love like mothers.  The rest is magic.”

A few months after forming, the band released their first EP “Golden” and became a “New York Buzz Band” due to popular blog features.  Three years later, the group released their 11 track album, “Burning Bush Supper Club.”

On February 18, 2014, the band released their second album, “Distraction,” which featured many of the band’s most popular singles such as “Giants” and “Agora.”

These guys is still very up-and-coming but they offer something a little new to the indie pop sound that has begun to sound to mainstream for its own good, a little injection of punk.  This is made abundantly clear on the groups most popular single “Giants,” with Rau’s vocals drifting fast paced rhymes to a more laid back chorus.  I’m interested to see what else these guys create in the future.  These guys should definitely be on your musical radar.  Check out some of the bands biggest hits below and if you like them, why not pick up Bear Hand’s albums “Burning Bush Supper Club” and “Distraction.”

 

Sources: Videos: YouTube – Info: Wikipedia – Picture: Google Images