Sound Of Our Town Spotlight: Hooray For Earth come home, get ‘Racy,’ and shake up the sky

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This is the latest in a series of spotlights on the bands and artists participating in Sound Of Our Town, a free, all-day, and all-ages event at the Lawn On D in South Boston on Saturday, October 4. Sound Of Our Town is a collaborative effort between the Boston Music Awards and Vanyaland, and serves to kick off the BMAs voting season by unveiling the 2014 nominees and showcasing some of the best homegrown acts from our city’s music scene.


Hooray For Earth, 5:20 p.m. set time

The mystical music of Hooray For Earth is damn-near impossible to characterize. The New York-based band, which was born in Boston and Cambridge in 2005, has always defied descriptions as much as expectations, and their latest grand effort, Racy, once again delivers a space-aged sound that echoes the past, future, and uncertain present all within three-minute pop songs that race around the world and back.

An “indie rock” band that’s been making love to electronics before everyone else bought synthpop condoms, we are very excited to have Hooray For Earth fill Lawn On D’s open-sky with their uplifting, powerful compositions. Wrote Pitchfork about their new record, out on Dovecote, a few weeks ago: “Racy is big, it’s bold, and positions its creators closer to “pop”, only to reveal them as a pop band by context rather than nature.”

Earlier today, the always on-point KEXP in Seattle named “Airs” its Song of the Day, calling it “a tightly ominous and expansive track full of fuzzed out, distorted guitar, heavy bass, and a strong dose of blurry feedback.” They go on with their praise: “The track injects Hooray for Earth’s digestible sound with a slow burning vigor while preserving their familiar sound and pop flavored hooks. [Frontman Noel] Heroux’s lucid and honeyed vocals add a directed balance to the track, giving buoyancy to the otherwise all-engulfing song.”

“Airs” is not alone in that regard. Preview the sounds of Hooray For Earth below, and do not miss one motherfucker of a homecoming on October 4.

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