Hooray for Earth’s Modern Take On Classic Rock

Hooray for Earth‘s second studio album Racy is a throwback of sorts. Released on July 29th by Dovecote Records, the album has notes of classic rock blended with modal shifts for that extra flare. “Hey” starts with electric hum of guitars that is very classic with a slow build up. Vocalist Noel Heroux enters with his higher range voice. The simplicity plus the touch of distorted guitar mimics a classic rock anthem you don’t hear that much anymore.

Heroux’s voice shares a similar range as Thomas Mars’ of Phoenix. The second track on the album, “Keys,” brings a funky groove that is created by the melodic line clashing with the heavy guitar chords. Followed by the super hip tune “Say Enough” with a cool modal section halfway into the song that keeps it from being one-noted. The creativity in here is top notch.

“Somewhere Else” has the burst of energy that is much needed. The song is about asking for help from God and the string instruments with theremin-like floating sound elevates it to the ethereal mood without losing the rock vibe. There is a nice constant bass line by Christopher Principe that keeps it upbeat and moving. The guitar riffs are so classic rock and roll.

Racy“, the title track, isn’t the first track to jump out on first listen, but it definitely grows on you.  “Last, First” sounds like something you might hear in the background of an 80’s movie during a scene where the protagonist is accomplishing something epic. The jazzy intro shifts into more modern rock for a bit that is guitar-heavy, before kicking back into jazz and ending abruptly. If you are looking for really kicking drums, “Airs” is your tune. Joseph Ciampini really knows what he’s doing. “Pass” has an eerie mood with low distortion as the track opens up to groovy pumps that has the same vibe as “Mad World” by Tears for Fears but with much more discord.

The most important aspect of this album is that although it covers a lot of ground the songs are really coherent together. Each individual track has its own point without running too long and manages to flow seamlessly from one to the next. This album is fresh and fun and worth every second spent listening to it.

Hooray for Earth plays The Black Box at Underground Arts tomorrow August 5th. Be sure to check out their album before you head to the show!

2 Comments

  1. Victoria watts

    August 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I’ve always loved their sound

  2. Lauren S

    August 7, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    I love “Airs” and the harder rock sound, this needs to come back into mainstream music!

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