“he album has this sort of western/folk feel mixed in with a rock twang. They are really consistent with that sound, actually. One thing that sort of reminds me of a bar band is the whole tone of the band. It’s really straight-forward: acoustic guitar with a backing band, the distorted guitar lead every so often, an “in-the-background” vocal arrangement. After the layers start peeling back, you can really tell this is a crew of battle-tested pros. They’ve been together for three years but they sound like they’ve all been playing music together in various forms for the past decade or so. It’s a sort of chemistry that isn’t necessarily picked out of the album as an instrument or a track or a certain part of a song but rather the entire culmination of all the songs together. The real bottom line at this point: this album is just fun.”
“ Knoxville quartet Hey OK Fantastic have one of the sillier band names you're likely to hear. But that doesn't mean they don't make good music. The songs on their self-titled debut are slightly lo-fi and totally catchy, filled with acoustic strums and left-field detours. Alex Minard's vocals are an acquired taste, but also a savory one. He's self-consciously goofy and overwhelmingly soulful on tracks like the sturdy rocker "Judith Mogo," and that balance between the silly and the soothing is what makes the band so fascinating. ”
“...Band Hey OK Fantastic released their first full length album on January 25th of this year. Their self-titled album includes a diverse set of nine songs that illustrate the wide range of sounds within their repertiore...”
“Hey OK Fantastic occupies a unique niche in the Knoxville scene. The band lists itself as a mixture of rock, soul and funk, as do many local groups, but what this band encompasses goes far beyond these genres. Minard's vocals are reminiscent of a grittier David Byrne, and appropriately the band instrumentally sounds like a shotgun wedding between Talking Heads and Sixteen Horsepower. The members of Hey OK Fantastic have a wide range of influences and diverse musical backgrounds. While living in New Jersey, Minard played in a hip-hop act. Drummer Charlie Murphy has performed most notably with blues and jam bands, while bassist Ian Daniels is best known for work with rock and electronica. Sam Harding acts as the band's wild card, playing eclectic instruments including accordion, mandolin, banjo and keys.”
"Which is exactly why we are going to do the next one (at Songwriters Studio) as well, which we are going in to begin next week," Minard adds. "I want a much more raw and live feel for this next album and would like to try and go about getting a more vintage Motown sound in the mix. We've got some songs on the local stations in Knoxville, but as far as labels go, I think we all feel more comfortable producing our own albums. There's a really satisfying feeling knowing that you wrote recorded, produced, the album on your own." Hey OK Fantastic's self-titled debut hits stores on Jan. 26, and will be available locally at Disc Exchange, Pick and Grin and Morlock's Music. Copies will be released in a digital format following the initial run.
“The local quartet Hey OK Fantastic defies its goofy name with a debut album of shuffling, folky power-pop that shows a band sure of its own sound but still ready to explore wherever that leads them. The self-titled disc starts with “Bill Wimblybee (In the Town of Dinglydell),” a dirge that recalls the Decemberists and R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion.” (It’s probably the mandolin.) That’s followed by the goth-country of “Flight of Fancy,” a reverb-heavy tour through Nick Cave territory. From there, though, Hey OK Fantastic capably runs through Elephant 6 territory—strummy, peppy pop anthems with hints of the British Invasion, surf rock, and late-’60s California folk rock. Alex Minard’s eccentric vocals and Sam Harding’s striking guitar solos define the band’s sound, which only occasionally suffers from quaint, self-conscious quirkiness and is, at its best, first-rate guitar rock.”