ELECTRO-POP TRIO HEY CHAMP TO RELEASE ANYTHING AT ALL EP MAY 10TH
“Infectious synth pop” – Wall Street Journal
“Chicago’s Hey Champ makes seductive, slick electro-pop for the Members Only-jacket-with-the-sleeves-pushed-upset, perfect for your backyard summer barbecues that devolve into nighttime dance parties.” – MTV Buzzworthy
Turnout is proud to announce the May 10th release of Anything At All, the followup EP from Chicago trio, Hey Champ. Though they have recently gained notoriety as electro-pop producers, Hey Champ have consistently been recognized as one of Chicago’s premier rock bands. Since 2008 the band has toured nationally, opening for acts like Vampire Weekend, Lupe Fiasco, Justice, Jet, Kid Cudi, Sebastian Tellier, The Twelves, The Bloody Beetroots and Passion Pit. The diversity of these acts, and their fans, is a testament to the wide appeal of Hey Champ’s music. In 2009, the band played on main stages at major festivals including All Points West and Lollapalooza, where SPIN lauded them with praise, referring to them as both “Best Early Afternoon Dance Party” and “Best Discovery.”
Check out and download the first single Anything At All
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, Jon’s fellow Princeton music major Pete Dougherty (Synths) moved to Chicago, cementing the lineup of the group. The band incorporates influences from disco, house and indie rock, while combining the raw live 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. Naturally Hey Champ’s production prowess has matured across the last two years but for their new project they wanted to engage a veteran of the trade. Co-producing the Kaiser Chiefs’ third album Off With Their Head with Mark Ronson as well as bonus tracks for Bloc Party’s second album Weekend In The City, James’ previous efforts made him the perfect choice.
Hey Champ has already seen radio traction with their EP becoming the #12 add on CMJ playlists last week, and has already received a few spins from the legend Rodney Bingenheimer from KROQ’s “Randy On The Roq” as well as Aaron Axelson’s “Soundcheck” program.