Hockey frightens me, but maybe I just need to Learn To Lose(en) up

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Hockey – Learn to Lose

Hockey the band, dummy! Yeah it’s a weird name for a band but after you listen to their jams you wont mind. I certainly don’t. Heck, for the first time ever I have been able to utter the phrase “I like Hockey.” The rollicking quartet hail from the unlikely city of Portland but fortunately left the Northwestern tradition of gloomy-skied navel-gazing at the door and bring the heat on their debut Mind Chaos. Swinging drum beats, screeching guitars, rock-solid hooks, well placed female back up vocals, and even some horns roll together to create an album that is as diverse as it is rocking. Second single “Learn To Lose” may be my favorite track but it’s a damn tough call. First single “Too Fake” (below) is solid too, but took longer to grow on me. Browsing their MySpace and noting their .co.uk domain address and mostly UK tour dates it seems that these dudes are getting more love across the pond, which is no surprise considering their sound. It almost seems like the US can’t handle upbeat music unless it’s straight vamped up Top 40. How do you explain the lack of stateside love for bands like The Maccabees, Jamie T, and fellow Americans Iglu & Hartly? Your loss America, your loss…

Hockey – Too Fake

Mind Chaos comes out August 24th. Did I mention it’s a killer album? Oh, and stay tuned for a great “Learn To Lose” remix in the next roundup. Hells yeah.

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5 replies
  1. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    Yeah, their live show is epic! I saw them this summer and meant to write a raving post about it but never got around to it. Anyone reading this, GO SEE HOCKEY LIVE! The frontman is NOT what you expect. Guaranteed.

  2. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    Yeah, their live show is epic! I saw them this summer and meant to write a raving post about it but never got around to it. Anyone reading this, GO SEE HOCKEY LIVE! The frontman is NOT what you expect. Guaranteed.

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