Sunday, October 12, 2008

hey champ.


having just recently re-watched 'better off dead', i find myself understanding the appeal of the hot, bitchy, rich girl even with the rejection that looms. but that rejection ultimately leads to sweet payback. i get that satisified revenge vibe from chicago electro trio hey champ. take the lyrics "you're just a cold dust girl". damn, i'm not even quite sure what that means, but i know it's harsh.

i'm not in the habit of using the word 'dreamy' very often - honestly, it's a bit of a descriptive deterrent for me when it comes to a track - but there just isn't a better way to describe lead vocalist saam hagshenas' melodic pipes, at times reminding me of peter heppner.

inspired by the legends of rockford-rooted 80's bands before them (cheap trick), hagshenas and jonathan marks started building a sound in their early teens. pete dougherty, a fellow self-proclaimed princeton outsider, joined a year ago to play keys, adding a delicious synth depth to the music. enter the creation of a style part electro-pop, part good italo disco.

there is something definitely indie about the hey champ feel, but i wouldn't dare call it indie-dance rock. it's more complex than that. local djs on the side, the electric trio knows what magical music combinations make the kids dance and have definitely harnessed that element in their live sound.

schooled in matters of under the radar pop culture (i.e. 'where in the world is carmen sandiego?' is listed as one of their influences), the guys from hey champ seem genuinely interesting and playfully cool. also, since it has been commented on before, don't let their 50's dad endearment of a moniker scare you off.

enjoy two of my new favs and a remix of a track by hey champ electro-rock comrades, prairie cartel in 320 kbps!

hey champ - cold dust girl
hey champ - face control
prairie cartel - cracktown (hey champ remix)

don't be the last to add these guys on myspace (how embarrassing). and be on the look out for more. they're not signed yet, but it won't be long! props to creamteam for spotting the talent of these boys first.

15 comments:

V said...

Oh hi there, thank you Julie for the props.

We love these guys here in Chicago and hopefully soon enough they will be signed and touring to other cities!

Tankboy said...

Not signed yet ... but they're in talks to jump onboard Lupe Fiasco's label. (That's Mr. Fiasco to you.)

maris said...

this is love

derek said...

wow cold dust girl is great

Digital My Ass said...

it's hot chip mixed with a twist of fischerspooner...

Saint Malo said...

Hey champ = hey champs djs?

http://www.myspace.com/heychamp
http://www.myspace.com/heychampdjs

Jonathan said...

Hey Champ and Hey Champ DJs are mos definitely the same guys.

Bald Eagle said...

Pete always gives me the best smokes...and tater tots.

Peter said...

Ha!

Rhizomatic said...

WWWOOOOOOHHHHH JESUS Face Control is brilliant.

tantricextrum said...

oh jesus christ, they played here last night :(

LilDanMan said...

fucking fantastic! the praire cartel remix just melted my ear drums

meganishaute said...

ha! these guys are good friends im the girl that throws the champagne in the dudes face in their video. fantasticness so glad they are finally getting recognition

Anonymous said...

Just saw them perform on NYE. They are extremely talented and definitely make people dance and exude coooool.

Anonymous said...

omg just saw them at spaceland in la- WOW. JUST FUCKING WOW!!!