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hooyoosay: the wrong kind of people?

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 rock-comedy, 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."

hooyoosay send out fun and happiness with their EP "Googly Goo"!

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"!

hooyoosay – Not your average rock 'n' roll band

An occasional recording jam eventually leading to online releases and bandmembers preferring to keep their anonymity, that's the short story of hooyoosay. Their latest EP "Come on" continues down the rock and blues line of their full-length "In dekay".

The EP's title track 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.

Actually the EP 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.

Both titles are sublimely combined into one video, which can be viewed on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJeeAaK8aQI

To find out more about hooyoosay, stream the music and enjoy their artwork, visit the official website http://hooyoosay.com

hooyoosay's "Yooplaaa!" urges you to join the party

Only a band with a name like hooyoosay could come up with such a fantastically fun dance song like "Yooplaaa!" There aren't many instrumentals that can really get you up and moving and just make you feel the music, but "Yooplaaa!" is one of those songs.

From the opening notes, the song gets your attention and it never lets it go. It puts a spring in your step. Imagine, if you'd swallowed a Mexican jumping bean, and then that bean began to make you bounce like a cartoon animal. That's how powerful the melody of "Yooplaaa!" is.

This song may be an instrumental but it can in no way ever be described as elevator muisc. When it is playing you can't help but notice the music. It’s in your face screaming at you to get off your couch and do something. It is right there, urging you to get up and dance, and live life to the fullest.

It is super infectious and fun. It’s the kind of song that anyone can be affected by, young or old. The drum beats and the synths just lighten your mood and make you smile.

If fun could be contained in a 3 minute song, it would be contained in this one. This is happy music. There is no ifs ands or buts about it. You cannot possibly keep a frown on your face when this song is playing. It is a party song for all ages. Zumba instructors all over the world will want to add this to their playlists. Even the most die-hard couch potato will find their toes tapping when this song is playing.

Put it on and start bouncing around, and feel your blahs slip away and get moving. "Yooplaaa!" is a song that brings joy with it wherever it is played. So what are you waiting for? Get on your feet and dance!

Artist: hooyoosay Single: Yooplaaa! Review by Andrea Guy

"Don't you lie to me" or hooyoosay's weird cocktail of styles and sounds

hooyoosay have a new single out, "Don't you lie to me", and it breathes comedy, cartoons and fun movies. In fact, it's an old blues song, written by Hudson Whittaker, but with hooyoosay this has become amusing, light entertainment. There's a bizarre chiptune sort of techno riff, quirky vocals, a kind of polka bass with a modern beat, and a whistling toy organ solo confirming the "Me? Lie? No... not really" playful spirit. A standard 12-bar blues progression is married to an electronic carnival beat that sounds like europop in the early days of MTV. And hooyoosay have even more goofy fun in store, so an EP release will follow shortly, offering the additional track "Yooplaaa!", a happy instrumental that urges everyone to join the party, wherever or whatever that may be!

hooyoosay: "Who's been sleeping here"

Strange, elusive, quirky hooyoosay. An absurd joke? The guy singing in the local bar. The tattooed truck driver. The lady tramp and her dog. The solitary scientist. The old pervert. The runaway kid. The Angel biker. The drunken sailor. The frustrated cop. The born loser. The dandy solicitor. The baggy-eyed alcoholic. The unemployed language teacher. The under assistant West Coast promotion man. All in the band. And many more. At some point. Who was there then? Who was singing? Who were playing? Who was pushing the buttons? Totally irrelevant. Who's been sleeping here? Nailed! Got it! Some schizo just sober enough to safeguard the MP3. Bluesy country soft-rock vaudeville-pop. Cheesy. Comedyish. Confusing. What is this? The alternative to alternative. Finally. The lyrics. What's the tale? What's the guy trying to say? Written by Jagger. Good. Some nonsense makes sense.

hooyoosay's "My obsession": vintage pop-rock with a contemporary dance-feel

Mainstream indie-dance-pop seventies-rock with a post-punk twist: hooyoosay's new single "My obsession" cannot easily be labeled with a simple one-word tag. Their rendition of the song brings a fresh and innovative, catchy and intriguing approach to a rather obscure 1967 Rolling Stones track. Contrary to the coarse and roaring Rolling Stones signature original, hooyoosay's whispery and sensual lead vocal interprets the song lyrics in such a way that a slightly humorous but definitely light-hearted undertone is added. The overall sound is reminiscent of late seventies rock, a good dose of Ian Dury-like characteristics being injected. At the same time the hypnotic drum beats give the track enough of a contemporary dance-feel to possibly also appeal to listeners of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and the likes. Still the whole package breathes a gentle softness, clearing it from the fatiguing impact that some stellar productions occasionally might impose. For the so-called b-side, hooyoosay chose to record Allen Toussaint's "Pain in my heart" in a modest arrangement, as an intimate, melancholic, acoustic jazzy blues ballad. If you'd have missed to notice their full album "In dekay" before, this new single, combining the verve of "My obsession" and the gloominess of "Pain in my heart", makes for a compelling introduction to hooyoosay.

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hooyoosay "My obsession": new single release and video

hooyoosay have just released their single "My obsession", a fresh and innovative, catchy and intriguing approach to a rather obscure sixties Stones' track. The recording blends a vintage pop-rock atmosphere with a contemporary dance-feel. For the so-called b-side, they chose to do Naomi Neville's "Pain in my heart" as an intimate, melancholic, acoustic jazzy blues ballad.

hooyoosay's new single release is available in 2 different packages: "My obsession" (disKcovermusic 445975 / UPC 885767078291), and "My obsession" with "Pain in my heart" (disKcovermusic 445976 / UPC 0885014195108).

The accompanying video displays a series of silhouettes, occasionally emerging from an anonymous crowd. In the second part of the video, a lonely figure is depicted in an empty-feeling house.

To view the video, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ts45wOgGwY

hooyoosay also boast a brand new artist website http://hooyoosay.com where the new single can be streamed and downloaded, and where many more other recordings, artwork and videos by hooyoosay can be found.

New retro style music video by hooyoosay

hooyoosay present a new retro-style photo-animation video, which combines fragments of their acoustic recordings "Sittin' on a fence" and "Play with fire", both featured on the album "In dekay". Predominant instruments in these recordings are acoustic guitars and piano in the former, and just acoustic guitars in the latter, with some slight percussion being present in both. The video opens in black and white, mainly showing acoustic guitar and piano playing, along with some song-lyrics related nostalgia photos. But at the switching of the songs, a vintage Jaguar XJ appears and seems to take the leading role from then on, and some pale color input starts intervening with the black and white as well. The video strongly evokes the atmosphere of the 60's and 70's, and also takes us back to London in that era. You can watch the video right here on hooyoosay's ReverbNation page.

New versions of early Rolling Stones recordings

With their album "In dekay", hooyoosay have undertaken the adventurous task of presenting 22 new versions of songs that were also recorded by The Rolling Stones during the mid-sixties. As The Rolling Stones actually were a coverband themselves in the early days, and then soon developed to be their own songwriters, a wide variety of composers and musical styles is on offer, ranging from Chicago blues, rhythm and blues, Chuck Berry rock 'n' roll, guitar pop, top 40 pop and classic rock to acoustic folk pop. The idea of doing an album that brings a collection of fresh renderings of older songs, is certainly not new at all. Similar projects have been done by B.B, King, Jimmy Rogers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Susan Boyle and Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings to name but a few. One difference might be that hooyoosay is a studio project only, so no gigs nor tour dates are to be expected. But what sets hooyoosay a little further apart, is the fact that the loose contributors for electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, organ, harmonica, vocals, electric bass, drums and percussion, wish to remain anonymous, which in a way explains the project's chosen bandname. Of course the authors and composers are credited for their magnificent songwriting, and so is hooyoosay as a performing collective, but no further details for bandmembers nor technical staff can be found. As for hooyoosay, who, when and where are of minor importance. What matters most is the question: how do these new renderings stand up against their originals? And this you can easily find out yourself by listening to hooyoosay's uploads right here on ReverbNation! Or search hooyoosay on Last.fm radio, where all 22 tracks of the album can be heard. hooyoosay's "In dekay" tracklist includes: I can't be satisfied (Morganfield), Mercy mercy (Covay - Miller), Connection (Jagger - Richards), Down home girl (Leiber - Butler), Time is on my side (Meade), Not fade away (Hardin - Petty), Sittin' on a fence (Jagger - Richards), If you need me (Bateman - Pickett - Sanders), Hitch hike (Gaye - Paul - Stevenson), Grown up wrong Unplugged version (Jagger - Richards), The last time (Jagger - Richards), I want to be loved (Dixon), Talkin' 'bout you (Berry), Little by little (Phelge - Spector), Play with fire (Phelge), I'm movin' on (Snow), All sold out (Jagger - Richards), Congratulations (Jagger - Richards), Bye bye Johnny (Berry), Who's been sleeping here (Jagger - Richards), Heart of stone (Jagger - Richards), Grown up wrong Electric version (Jagger - Richards).