True Loves by Hooray For Earth on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

San Francisco may be leading the charge of new millennium garage bands, but that hasn’t stopped Noel Heroux from stepping out of the fumes and into the sunlight with his massive, synthesized pop anthems that hook like a narcotic. Heroux isn’t shy or stingy with the layers (and layers) of booming percussion and radiant synths, and he continues to have the good sense to avoid reverb overload on his sunny vocals. The synth arpeggios opening the crazily catchy “Sails” can only be a loving nod to bands like Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark; and as with OMD’s biggest hits, the tune morphs in and out of crackling, cool percussion and huge, neon-colored striations of dance floor rhythms that seem both airy and earthshaking. There are hints of bands past and present (DOM and MGMT come to mind in the "current" camp). It’s a nimble record that deftly mixes synths, horns (yes, really, a sax!), harpsichord, electronic noise, and the biggest of booty-shaking beats; it juxtaposes ebullient, hands-in-the air optimism with darker experimental flourishes. Neat, neat trick.

EDITORS’ NOTES

San Francisco may be leading the charge of new millennium garage bands, but that hasn’t stopped Noel Heroux from stepping out of the fumes and into the sunlight with his massive, synthesized pop anthems that hook like a narcotic. Heroux isn’t shy or stingy with the layers (and layers) of booming percussion and radiant synths, and he continues to have the good sense to avoid reverb overload on his sunny vocals. The synth arpeggios opening the crazily catchy “Sails” can only be a loving nod to bands like Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark; and as with OMD’s biggest hits, the tune morphs in and out of crackling, cool percussion and huge, neon-colored striations of dance floor rhythms that seem both airy and earthshaking. There are hints of bands past and present (DOM and MGMT come to mind in the "current" camp). It’s a nimble record that deftly mixes synths, horns (yes, really, a sax!), harpsichord, electronic noise, and the biggest of booty-shaking beats; it juxtaposes ebullient, hands-in-the air optimism with darker experimental flourishes. Neat, neat trick.

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About Hooray For Earth

New York-based indie rock quartet Hooray for Earth materialized officially in late 2005, though the band had been in a slow-to-gel state of formation since singer Noel Heroux and bassist Chris Principe met and played in various projects during their high-school days. While he and Principe were living in Boston, Heroux worked diligently on home recordings of his songs, many of which developed into some of the earliest Hooray for Earth tunes. With the addition of drummer Seth Kasper and keyboardist/guitarist Gary Benacquista, the band worked on a self-titled demo, playing out around Boston before relocating to New York City in the summer of 2007. The demo highlighted their unique blend of high-power rock and synthesizer tones, ultimately capturing the attention of Dopamine Records, who signed Hooray for Earth and released their Cellphone EP in early 2008. The label later reissued the band's early demo as an official album in 2009. That same year, Kasper left the group and was replaced by new drummer Joseph Ciampini. A second EP, Momo, was released by online subscription service eMusic Selects and later released in the physical realm by Dovecote Records in 2010. All of this led up to the recording of the band's first proper full-length album, True Loves. The album was constructed, produced, and performed mostly by Heroux, with other bandmembers and collaborators like Zambri and mixing engineer Chris Coady contributing in various ways. The album was released in June of 2011 and was followed up in the summer of 2014 by the group's second full-length, Racy. The band called it quits a few months later, playing a farewell show at Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery that November. ~ Fred Thomas

  • ORIGIN
    Boston, MA
  • FORMED
    2005

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