Thursday, January 26, 2012

Music News: Hopewrecker Seek Label To Release Debut 7"

Recently I was contacted by Jeff Hancock from the band Hopewrecker asking if I would be interested in reviewing his bands, as of yet unreleased, 3 song EP. And I gladly agreed. Upon hearing the 3 songs, I couldn't help but be blown away by how great the band were and how well crafted and executed the songs are. I remember thinking to myself "Wow, these guys are really good! I can't wait to get my hands on this EP." That's when I realized that would be impossible...for NOW at least! You see, the band is currently unsigned and don't have a label to release this monster 7" of great punk rock! And that's why we need YOUR help!

The band started out in 2011 after Jeff, who also hosts his own punk rock pod cast called Needle Drop Radio, wrote some amazingly clever punk rock songs and needed an equally amazing band to help see his vision turned into a reality. So he recruited Wal Rashidi, Guy Julian and Jon Kurtz and Hopewrecker was born.

Hopewrecker have had their songs released on
two charity compilations alongside bands like Civil War Rust, Why I Hate, Lipstick Homicide, MxPx, The Haddonfields, Jetty Boys. And the band currently has about an albums worth of material already recorded. The 3 songs I heard are super catchy and musically fantastic. I'm shocked that these guys haven't been picked up yet. "Nightcrawler", "Farm Invasion" and "Planet Of The Year" stand toe to toe with anything coming out of the punk scene in the last 10 years. It's TRULY that good!

"Nightcrawler" starts out with a galloping bass and drum beat then kick in with Jeff's vocals over a killer guitar riff and it takes flight with smart lyrics and a harmonizing chorus that's just top notch punk rock! And if after listening to "Planet Of The Year" you don't think it's a monster hit waiting to happen, I'll pack up the plantation and close Critical Mass down. I believe in it THAT much! This is, as of right now, the top pick for EP of the year at Critical Mass.

You can hear these tunes (and download them for FREE) on the groups Bandcamp page. So now it's YOUR turn. If you know anyone who runs or works for an indie label, please pass on this bands music. This kind of music should not be ignored. We need to keep our scene alive with word of mouth and free press. Together we can all make a difference.

4 ½ / 5 stars

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