“It’s OK! ... dazzle and delight the crowd... one may rest assured they'll come up with a piquant earful of shiny, shaggy song and happy, pretty, altogether groovy entertainment!”
““Guitar guru…” “genius…” “guitarist par excellance…” “the Hedge…” Robert Hecker has been called all these, and more, for his searing leads, “tight as sh*t" riffs, and signature circular picking. Robert’s been peeling paint off of the back walls of clubs, theaters and stadiums for a couple of decades as lead guitarist for L.A. legends Redd Kross, and as leader of his band It’s OK!”
“While the band leans on three-chord, riff-laden rock wonders, It’s OK! plays around quite a bit with genres. A little calypso (“Vanessa”), low-fi folk tunes that suggests Guided By Voices (“You’re The One”, “Rumors of Mastodon”) and heavier rock tunes like “Al and The Eight Ball,” which ends with a free-for-all for voice and guitar that I especially enjoyed. “All I’ll Ever Need” begins as a Gatsby-era number a la The Inkspots and develops the breadth of Queen. There’s even a jazzy riff that anchors a brief tune called “Cool” and a bit o’ the funk on “Crazy Guy." Nicely sparse and yet brave in its attempt to pollinate a lot of musical flowers, It’s OK! is an album from a band that might not have a singular direction but has scope and stones enough to try a lot of different things. It’s OK! is a complimentary representation of the band. And it balks at being pigeon-holed, which is always a plus in my book.”
Burlington Free Press
“Some bands you want to like because you appreciate the band members’ previous work. And sometimes you don’t know what to think after you hear it.
Hey, this is not a bad combination, but they do wander stylistically. Speedy punk and a thoughtful chorus make “Another Sixteen” a raw piece of gristle: “so you pray to BudMan / drink up heavy, dudes / party animals die / from exhaust fumes and booze.” “Vanessa" is classy funk, not unlike Poi Dog Pondering. Tight and fast are the staccato quirks of “Pink Piece of Peace,” which finds them begging “please Holly please”. “You’re The One” echoes sadly like a mix of Leonard Cohen and Velvet Underground, and “Cool” is a brief exercise in syncopation and delightful repetition.
I don’t know if you can be eclectic to a fault. Guess we’ll have to wait and see… it’s that diverse.
LEVEL: Advanced 10... Check this out and learn to play twice as fast. In this video Robert Hecker demonstrates his "circular picking" technique. I have been playing guitar for 16 years, and I have never seen anyone pick like this. It's pretty crazy, see if you can do it...