OK dudes and lady dudes. Get your dancing shoes on throw some glitter in your hair. Hey Champ hails from Chicago, IL and they blend house, indie rock and disco into their amped synthtastic sounds. Yes I know, I’m sweating just thinking about it. Let’s get into their most recent full length release ‘Star’.
Shake – Hey Champ
As you can see these guys are a party. With a primary emphasis on all things synthesizer, sweet beats and raging guitar this music is just plain fun to listen to. They site “The 80’s” as an influence on their facbook page and as you can hear from the opening chords of the first tune “Shake” they aren’t holding anything back. Dance pop/ rock at its finest.
“Hey Champ’s roots can be traced outside of Chicago in nearby Rockford, where band members Saam Hagshenas (Vocals, Guitar) and Jonathan Marks (Vocals & Drums) discovered their love of music at a young age. After Saam’s graduation from law school, Jon’s fellow Princeton Pete Dougherty (Synths) moved to Chicago, cementing the lineup of the group.”
One of my favorite songs is called ‘Cold Dust Girl’. An upbeat summer anthem ‘Cold Dust Girl’ is a great example of the simplicity in the song writing and the bands ability to create catchy hook on top of catchy melody. Now who wants to watch hot hipster chicks dance in extreme slow motion and make out with each other?
Cold Dust Girl – Hey Champ
I said it once and I’ll say it again. ‘Hey Champ’ is freakin’ fun. As far as I can tell they don’t take themselves too seriously. Which comes through in the music not because it’s sloppy or anything like that, but because these guys are trying just have a good time playing loud and making people dance.
After listening to this record I can only imagine what a live show would be like, but I’d put a weeks pay that I walk out of there a sweaty mess. They state on their facebook page that their band influences are Crochet, Pottery, Antiquing. I just really glad we have something in common. BOOM! Title Track.
Star – Hey Champ
“Hey Champ” has ZERO tour dates listed and I’m pissed. Hopefully they get some dates up there soon/ just play shows in my house or LA forever. They just released an EP called ‘Anything At All EP.’ that and their full length offering ‘Star’ are AVAILABLE HERE FOR CHEAP. At 4 bucks for the EP and 6 bucks for the record you are literally stealing from this band so I suggest you buy it before they catch on. Here’s the last track from ‘Star’ and a video for another awesome song called “Neverest”.
Steampunk Camelot – Hey Champ
Can’t wait for this band to get back on the road and play some shows. Ummm, Synth pop rules. (I had a harder time than I thought I would trying to end this blog… deal with it.)
By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC