Hooka Hey’s sound evokes smoky dive bars and cowboy boots, a driving blend of hard hitting blues-infused rock ‘n’ roll, the kind of music that needs a cheap beer to wash away the dust and sweat. Arriving in Austin by way of first Paris, France and then New York City, you would never guess that the band wasn’t Texas born and bred. There’s a hint of traditional country riffs woven into their music, accentuated by modern sensibilities and thrashed guitar work.
Their newest EP, Untamed is a musical tour of the best parts of roadhouse music. It showcases a thrumming bass line, roaring guitars, and a steady beat from the drums. Untamed is filled with great production values and strong musicianship, topped off with Hugo de Saint-Quentin’s tough guy vocals. This is not the kind of music you bring home to meet your parents. This is the music you pull out your dirty dancing moves for.
The EP holds together well, four tracks of original music with a rollicking cover of the Flamin’ Groovies Headin’ for the Texas Border. While the Flamin’ Groovies stuck to a traditional 50’s style of rock and roll, Hooka Hey has taken the song in a different direction, with fuzzed guitars almost but not quite overpowering the vocals, creating a more vibrant version of the song.
Standout tracks: Untamed, Nasty
5 tracks, 18:52
Dropping February 10, 2015
Hooka Hey is Alex Kane (bass), Ethan Yeager (drummer), Hugo de Saint Quentin (vocals, guitar), and Jesse Houghton (guitars)
by cardiac_in_overdrive (@cardiac_ovrdrv)