Bunny suits and super heroes. Rainbow cloaks and Vader onesies. Fuzz, synths, sing-a-longs, and yes more fuzz! Seattle power pop quartet The Hoot Hoots bring all that and more as they pledge allegiance to the United States of Have-A-Good-Time, and its obvious in both their live shows and in their two 2011 full length releases, Silly Lecture Series and Appetite for Distraction.
In reviews of thei r live shows and albums, the Seattle Weekly has compared them favorably to the Shins, and the Deli Seattle Magazine has praised them for their “flashy, out-of-control pop sensibilities.” Think vintage Flaming Lips with a splash of NES and a dash of the Unicorns and you get the idea.
Lead vocalist/guitarist Adam Prairie grew up with his brother/drummer Chris in the middle of Midwestern corn fields in Clifton, IL. The two played whiffle ball and Nintendo, watched the original Star Wars trilogy obsessively, and learned to play guitars, drums, and Casio keyboards in the bedroom they shared for most of their formative years.
Since then they’ve rounded out their sound with bassist Geoff Brown and keyboardist Christina Ellis, and they’ve released one demo album, one EP, and in the spring of 2010 they released their first full length, Silly Lecture Series, which PopMatters.com described as “brimming with the confidence of a group that’s ready to break through the big leagues.”
7 months later, they released Appetite for Distraction, and it inspired similar praise from Seattle Weekly: “While the group’s fun-loving, reverential spirit keeps them orbiting their influences, their high-energy songbook, full of stories about ghosts and robots and brain eating dinosaurs, captures the essence of goof-pop with upbeat, irrepressible glee.”
Perhaps audience member Tim Mendonsa sums it up best: “The Hoot Hoots are the band Calvin from “Calvin and Hobbes” would have made when he got older; incredibly imaginative, funny, energetic, and quite poignant at times, too.”
Brothers Jared and Dominic Cortese bring “a concentrated punch that hits listeners harder than crispin cider” (Fensepost Review). Their signature quirky melodies and energetic live sound showcases powerful vocals and driving rhythms that have been compared favorably to Weezer, The Joy Formidable, and Modest Mouse
In the last two years, The Jesus Rehab have played all over the Pacific NW and performed at notable festivals SXSW and Seattle Hempfest. In March of 2012 they took their sound South hitting spots in Oregon, California, Arizona, Texas, and Colorado on their first West Coast tour. TJR released a new EP on April 21st 2012 titled “Drunken Hillbilly Fight Bar” because that is how they roll.
The Jesus Rehab has its roots in SW Michigan where lead singer Jared Cortese and brother Dominic wrote what would later become the bands first EP “Scatterbrained” (2007). The group was officially formed by Jared Cortese and drummer Pete Kingham in a basement in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard. Pete left the band in 2008, and was replaced once again with Jared’s brother Dominic Cortese – bringing the band full circle. Since its inception the duo has recorded and performed with several local artists including Pete’s brother Andy Kingham (bass), Dan Laughlin (guitar), and bassist Geoff B. Gibbs (Julia Massey and The Five Finger Discount).
MAY DAY 2009: Friends and Family perform for the first time. In the spirit of the holiday, they wore wildflowers and threw more on our crowd. They have since made interactive aesthetics their calling card. Whether performing as rabbits or construction workers, septuagenarians or aliens, they suck the stage dry with their energy, cunning songwriting, and explosive arrangements. With a little help from their friends David Bowie, Patti Smith, The Polyphonic Spree, Hole, and The Shangri-Las, this nine-member ensemble is like a beautifully curated rock scrapbook.
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