Stream: Hockey – Love is Strange

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As I was leaving Buzz Beach Ball, my first concert ever, I was given something that would change my life forever.

While walking out to the parking lot after raging my highschool-aged face off to the rockin’ sounds of Taking Back Sunday, Weezer, and Blink 182, everyone was handed a small plastic bag from the event staff. Inside there were various promotional items advertising whatever blah blah and new bands.

I threw most of the contents of the bag in the trash, but inside this bag was a cool-looking sticker for the band Hockey. Back then I had no idea who they were, but I kept the sticker because it looked cool (obviously), and I put it on my bulletin board. Well, nearly seven years later, I’ve rediscovered this band and I couldn’t be more excited.

Ok, so maybe it didn’t end up changing my life whatsoever, but it did provide me with a decent opening to this article.

Hockey just dropped a new song titled Love is Strange, the first single from their sophomore album Wyeth IS. After reaching success with their first album (Mind Chaos), the indie dance-punk duo from Redlands, California… and then Portland, Oregon… and now upstate New York, look to keep up their beat-bumpin’ indie-pop momentum. Hockey can be likened to bands like The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, and Arcade Fire. Pretty good company.

After rotating a few band members in and out throughout the recording process, the band’s core members: Jerm Reynolds and Ben (Wyeth) Grubin are still going strong developing their sound. Their most notable song to date is Too Fake — popular in its own right, and it later sampled by Big Sean and Chiddy Bang.

(Side note: I love the Big Sean and Chiddy music video. Big Sean and Chiddy both rap, while Xaphoon lamely white-boy-dances in the background with significantly less style. He probably should have just taken the day off while they shot this.)

You can expect to see Wyeth IS on digital shelves May 7th, and real shelves June 25th. Hockey‘s sound is definitely something to check out. So if you’re ever leaving a concert and are handed a small plastic bag, you might want to find the nearest cop. But if the bag was given by event staff and is full of promotional stuff from new bands, you might want to check them out. Who knows, you might just find a gem and Get Your Earz Wet!

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