First Fleet Concerts presents
The Hush Sound
6212 Maple Street
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
The Hush Sound
Chicago is to Pop-Rock as Detroit was to Motown, according to any recent music buff. A new band has emerged from the ever-growing musical sanctuary of the Windy City -- The Hush Sound. Revolving around the microphone, Bob Morris, Greta Salpeter, Chris Faller, and Darren Wilson weave their lyrics into rich, imagery-laden stories. Their catchy, dreamlike, folk-influenced waltzes swell with elevating piano and guitar into songs that are equally perfect for bedtime or dancing.
After being a band for only three months, The Hush Sound recorded their first full-length album, So Sudden, in the spring of 2005. They released their debut album on their own before gaining the interest of Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz (who was urged to listen by Panic! At the Disco's Ryan Ross) and were signed to his imprint label on Fueled By Ramen, Decaydance Records. The Hush Sound began writing Like Vines immediately after the release of their first album and recorded it over three weeks in March of 2006 with producer Sean O'Keefe and co-producer Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.
On June 6th, 2006, The Hush Sound will unveil Like Vines. Each imagery-rich song tells a story that is different from the next, yet they connect to form a complete thought, like scenes in a film. When you turn on Like Vines, you will run through a circus scene, be haunted by a ghost in a lighthouse, enter the mind of a stalker or go for a picnic. Swing, groove, rock, pop, and classical influences are woven in beneath the boy-girl vocals. You will be lifted by the summery melodies, lulled by the haunting songs and intrigued by the sometimes quirky, sometimes sweet, and always imaginative nature of The Hush Sound.
The Hush Sound recently opened for Fall Out Boy and The All-American Rejects on their spring arena tour and for The Academy Is...and FOB in the UK before joining labelmates Panic! At the Disco on a full US summer tour full of polka dancing and gambling.
A lot has been said about time spent in the woods in solitude. From classic
Thoreau literature, to music from the Big Pink, or Bon Iver, all examine shutting out the
world, losing, and perhaps finding yourself. In the fall of 2010, Hockey left behind the
flowering fields of Oregon for the tiny town of Hillsdale, New York. The band toured
almost non-stop in support of their debut album "Mind Chaos" (2009) and the desolate
forests of upstate New York seemed an appropriate place to get away and work on
developing new material.
Hockey started as a duo (Ben Keys, Jerm Bass) at The Johnston College
in Redlands, California in 2002. After stints in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Spokane,
the band eventually landed in Portland, OR. In the summer of 2008 they embarked on a
quixotic tour of the West in a converted van running on vegetable oil. Despite serious car
trouble, the tour was a success. On the road, the band caught the attention of influential
BBC radio host, Zane Lowe. After a few spins and a spot as "Reaction Record of the
Week" for song 'Song Away', the band signed to Capitol/Virgin/EMI and things began
Over the next two years, the group toured worldwide, focusing heavily on their
influence in the UK. After appearances on 'Later with Jools Holland', 'Live from Abbey
Road Studios', and 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon', Hockey booked gigs with Friendly
Fires, Passion Pit and Phoenix, as well as headline tours in the US, UK, Europe and
Japan. Festival spots for 2009 and 2010 included: Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, Islie of
White, Peace and Love, Hove, Eurocannes, Laneway, Bonaroo, Coachella and
Lollapalooza. In Aug 2010, following the many tours and the subsequent breakup of their
live band, Ben and Jerm decided to head east and start work on their next record.
Arriving upstate, the band set out on what was ostensibly a short time in the
get away, write, and think. The result was twenty two months of creating and recording
what eventually became the band's sophomore effort, "Wyeth IS". Using vintage
keyboards and drum machines made famous by 80's hip hop, as well as a "half time"
technique which resulted in a deeper, more lush sound, the band began to re-imagine
themselves, to evolve, and mature. Under considerable pressure from Label and
Management about "hits" (a la Song Away) the duo eventually parted ways with both,
freeing them to follow a new path. During this time the band almost changed their name.
But they ultimately stuck with Hockey, while Ben replaced his last name, Grubin, with
his middle name Wyeth.
After months of breakthroughs and defeats, Ben and Jerm whittled the work down
over fifty demos to a final eleven songs. From the broad, universal perspective of "Wild
Style" to the self reflective triumph of "Thought I was Changing", Hockey created an
album about change, resilience and authenticity. This is the record they found in the
woods, after they took the time to look...