By hooyoosay, 2016-01-22
"The wrong kind of people" by hooyoosay has been included on WOA Records' compilation CD "Independent No.1's, 5th Anniversary Edition".
By hooyoosay, 2015-10-28
In an era where artists are categorized into a million and one genres and twice as many sub-genres, along come hooyoosay. What exactly do you call them? Part of the magic of this band is that you can’t label them with anything that exists at this time – they’re far too retro… or far too futuristic, depending on which side of the timeline your tastes are coming from.
So who would enjoy this band right now? Well, probably “The Wrong Kind Of People”, which is also the ironic title of their latest 4-track EP, and described on one of the band’s webpages as: “The overall vibe is feelgood and fun, the word “wrong” merely being ironic, for the message simply is that nothing is wrong, on the contrary all is absolutely fine.”
Lyrically hooyoosay speaks to our times, it concerns itself with how we treat this rock we call home, and how we value each other each day. Musically the band just keeps getting better and more complex. With the combination of great lyrics and great musicians writing together how could you go wrong?
This may be their strongest release yet, song for song. There are no dead spots. And they don’t even need to push the envelope or 'experiment with new sounds'. They continue to please their fans and acquire new fans along their musical journey, just doing what they do, because they do it so well. It’s very refreshing to witness this band staying true to their form and genre.
You could listen to “The Wrong Kind Of People” today, in 10 years’ time, or you could have listened to it 30 years ago already. This is exactly how it does, would have, or will sound… always. hooyoosay have a timeless sound, like the Beach Boys or the Mamas and Papas – clear-cut folk-pop sensibilities and lush harmonies… with a twist. And when I say twist, I also mean tango… because that is how far they stretch their rhythms on the instrumental “Illusionist at work”.
But it is the title track, “The wrong kind of people”, together with “The right kind of friend”, that forge their invigorating, take-no-prisoners blast of chirpy creativity into the tired and dull pop wasteland. hooyoosay refuses to accept the boundaries or mainstream constraints of fossilized genre music. They just manage to sound as great as everything that’s come before and nothing that’s out there now. And that’s a mean feat in itself.
Clean, vintage sounds and beautiful melodies, without any pretentiousness, are hard to come by today. If you’ve never heard of hooyoosay, or you’ve never listened to their music, you are missing out. I strongly suggest you give “The Wrong Kind Of People” a try.
By Rick Jamm, Jamsphere, October 2015.
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By hooyoosay, 2015-05-17
hooyoosay have a new EP, " The Wrong Kind Of People ", delivering four upbeat and essentially poppy tracks, influences however ranging from rock to country.
The overall vibe is feelgood and fun, the word "wrong" merely being ironic, for the message simply is that nothing is wrong, but on the contrary all is absolutely fine.
The title track is the main song, cheerful and happy, abundant with male and female lead vocals and harmonies.
It is followed by " Illusionist at work ", a relaxed instrumental, and then further by what could be seen as a couple of bonus tracks. The one is " The wrong kind of hello " and takes an even more humorous approach to the title track in the form of comedy-rock, the other is " The right kind of friend ", being the second instrumental.
Alex Faulkner reviewed and concluded:
"Overall, this is an excellent E.P. that is joyously free of all commercial considerations and rammed full of musical imagination. If you are bored with the predictable pop of the mainstream, hooyoosay are here to save the day and show you that music is so much more interesting when you veer off the beaten track. Long may they continue."
Cheerful, joyful, positive and absolutely feelgood, that's the vibe in hooyoosay's electro-pop infused EP "Googly Goo".
By hooyoosay, 2014-08-29
hooyoosay is a peculiar music recording project, having a variety of unnamed and constantly changing collaborators.
Hence a wide diversity in styles is arrayed, which makes hooyoosay rather hard to categorize.
Previous releases were the full-length " In dekay ", and the single/EP's " My obsession ", " Don't you lie to me ", and " Come on ".
And again hooyoosay have a couple of new contributors. One of them is a young boy. A very young boy actually. From the start he insisted on having a lead vocal. So some of the veteran bandmembers put aside their drumkit, guitars and harmonica, and plugged in their synths to create a couple of electro-pop infused fun songs, resulting in the EP " Googly Goo ".
The EP offers four tracks, all of them radiating a joyful, cheerful vibe and an intense feelgood mood.
Containing titles like " Googly Goo " and " Tare Too Te Rut Te ", one might expect a mere bit of nonsense going on, but there is no absurdity here at all, on the contrary, there is this continuous expression of fun and happiness.
In " Googly Goo " the young kid utters his excitement about all the wonderful things he gets to see when touching a pc tablet.
And " Tare Too Te Rut Te " is no more than another way of saying "we feel fine"!
Played in sequence, the tracks evoke an evolution from early childhood with the happy Googly Goo kid, along the younger teenage years with the innocent "na na na" chant when " Tare Too Te Rut Te " opens, towards a more mature stage of being a teen when the guitar solo comes in by the end of " Tare Too Te Rut Te ".
Find it on http://hooyoosay.com and in online stores.
By hooyoosay, 2014-04-29
Few artists are able to provide listeners with a full semblance of the band’s nuance in the course of two tracks. hooyoosay has stuffed each track on this single with enough passion and aplomb to keep things lively.
"Come On" is a track that touches upon the sixties and eighties with a bouncy beat and a surfish vibe that permeates all points of the song. There is a tautness to the different elements of hooyoosay that make for a single-worthy track. For those that are more concerned about the quality of the instrumentation, the band is able to create something dense and detailed without losing the friendly sound that is present here. Throw in a sizzling guitar line at points and one will be provided with a track that will get people up and dancing. Tapping out before the three-minute mark, "Come On" is a highly energetic track that allows the band ample opportunity to introduce themselves to listeners.
"The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man" is the B-side to "Come On" in name only; the track has hints of country and western along with southern rock. With a honky-tonk cherry that is at the top of this musical sundae, hooyoosay are able to create something that is decidedly different from other tracks in their repertoire. The inclusion of a harmonica into the mix provides additional nuance and layers which listeners can further dissect. The vocals/guitar/drum dynamic is still extremely sweet, but the band is able to keep things fresh and interesting with this minor change. The band ends up 2 for 2 on this EP, and will undoubtedly make converts with this release.
Visit the hooyoosay website for more information about the band and for ample samples and photos of the act. Let us know what you think about the "Come On" / "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man" single.
hooyoosay - Come on & The under assistant West Coast promotion man
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James McQuiston, NeuFutur, March 2014.
By hooyoosay, 2014-01-01
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 to put it in a different way: this is 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.
Their latest single presents 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, euro pop, garage and 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 lyrics evoke a peculiar feeling of nostalgia. Not that sort of tacky souvenir-store nostalgia, but that feeling that might arise when staring at a yellowed polaroid or when playing a record you relished throughout the years: you may have seen or heard it a million times before, and it may be suffering from a few cracks by now, but somehow it has kept its appeal.
At the same time " Come on " is a vivid illustration of the lyrical merriness that characterised 60's pop, as it makes a break-up themed song into something rather light-hearted and entertaining.
The EP release of " Come on " can be seen as a digital 45, B-sided by " The under assistant West Coast promotion man ", a hilarious 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 found themselves escorted by some Mr know-it-all type of local tour promoter. Clearly these young bands, having discovered American music only just shortly, did not render those country, boogie and blues standards in the established American ways, instead creating their own interpretations.
Find both EP titles combined into one video, to be viewed on YouTube:
Or visit hooyoosay 's official website
By hooyoosay, 2013-10-02
By James McQuiston, NeuFutur, June 2013.
"Don’t you lie to me / Yooplaaa!" is the band’s latest EP, and it showcases a certain eclecticism to hooyoosay. It is this certain undefinable quality that will bring listeners in by waves. Hints of They Might Be Giants, XTC, and Devo can all be heard in this introductory track. The funky electronic-infused style of the band during this effort will burrow deeply into listeners’ psyches, while there are enough twists and turns in this song to keep its replay value high. "Yooplaaa!" builds off the goodwill that was created during "Don’t you lie to me", and keeps things rosy and catchy even as an instrumental.
To understand the sheer variety that hooyoosay brings to the table, it is necessary to delve into the band’s discography. "My Obsession / Pain in my Heart" allows listeners to hear a different facet of hooyoosay, providing the band with the variety of styles, sounds, and influences that they need to easily shift into a future LP (the band’s debut full-length, "In Dekay", was released in 2011). While the track opens up with a peppy percussion, the vocals move into Momus territory. The more elegant and less full production of "My Obsession" establishes hooyoosay as an act that can spin off in a variety of different ways. "Pain in My Heart" is a more sorrow-filled and morose track, with the narrative qualities of the band shining through brightly.
Make sure to check out hooyoosay’s website and the entirety of their discography. I love the fact that the band creates digital 45's of their music; each EP comes with an A-side and B-side, which can be purchased from a wide variety of online retailers.
There may only be a few tracks present on the disc, but the unmatched skill and ability of hooyoosay is shown perfectly in each effort.
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By hooyoosay, 2013-09-04
By Baxter Labatos, Spheremusic, May 2013.
hooyoosay is a remarkable band making happy tunes. The only thing that bothers me is that I could not find the country of origin from this awesome project. At first listen, the tracks sound like jingles with electronica meets country kind of style, but then again it doesn’t sound so. It is hard to categorize their music, but they surely make catchy tunes rooted in the beauty of pop music.
My rule of thumb when listening to albums is just to listen. No need to analyze, but just enjoy the music for music’s sake. This seems to be the principle behind the album "Don’t you lie to me". But, like I said, who knows? The title track is catchy with hints of chanson, vintage and vaudeville pop. ”There’s two kinds of people that I just can’t stand, and that’s a lying woman and a sneaking man, so don’t you lie to me.”… The chorus is easy to singalong and the instrumental arrangement is excellent.
Another notable track in this release is the instrumental "Yooplaaa!". Um... again this is hard to categorize, but it is beautiful. I love the mixing of the bass and drums because they really sound full. The overall sound design is slick, clean and glossy. Oh, did I already mention slick? No need to argue. Just grab the album.
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