I first heard of Hey Champ back in 2009 when I saw them live at Lollapalooza and camping out at the stage Depeche Mode would later perform on that night. From what I remember, they were the first band to take the stage that day, but what I do know is that they were impressive live. “Cold Dust Girl” struck a very positive chord for me when it terms of catchy and perfectly produced pop rock. Good stuff to say the least.
Until recently, I had forgotten about the band over the years and decided to see if they were still around and still making great music. Lo and behold, I found a new song from them posted about a month ago called “Cliché”. It’s definitely a different sound from what I heard in 2009, but a step in the right direction. Hey Champ continues to produce catchy and upbeat music worth dancing to. This one in particular reminds me of something Tesla Boy would produce stylistically.
About Hey Champ
Hey Champ’s roots can be traced outside of Chicago in nearby Rockford, where band members Saam Hagshenas (Vocals, Guitar) and Jonathan Marks (Vocals & Drums) discovered their love of music at a young age. After Saam’s graduation from law school, the two reunite in Chicago under the Hey Champ moniker. Needing some additional help on the keys, Jonathan calls up his old Princeton chum Pete. The two met as outsiders at one of those tea and crumpet parties where everyone wears blazers and laughs through clenched teeth The band incorporates influences from disco, house and indie rock, while combining the raw energy of Cheap Trick and the synth-heavy productions of Giorgio Moroder and Trevor Horn.
The band kicked off 2011 by jumping right into the studio with MPG Breakthrough Producer of The Year 2011, Eliot James. With production credits including Two Door Cinema Club’s Tourist History, Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm, and the Kaiser Cheif’s Off With Their Heads, James’ previous efforts made him the perfect choice.
Check out “Cliché” below and download it if you like it. Tell us what you think of the song, too!Download