We were lucky enough to take a walk down memory lane today, casually basking in sweet musical nostalgia. With our headphones in, we were practically transported to a different era, cruising around Haight Ashbury, enjoying warm, sunny vibes. How were we able to achieve this higher level of musical experiences? Quite simply, really. Press play on the first track below, and enjoy the ride.
Formed on the road, HIDEOUT is Gabriel Rodriguez (guitar/vocals) and Cory Stier (drums), two longtime friends who are also touring members of the NYC indie act Cults. Even despite a severe geographical issue (living on opposite sides of the country), these two were able to share pieces back and forth of, culminating in their 11-track debut album, Rookie.
The album as a whole has a really unique story behind it, all set to hazy rhythm guitars, crunchy riffs, understated percussion, and a shimmering soundscape that truly evokes sentimentality. While the piece as a whole does give way to rocks greatest era, the subject matter is anything but, boasting an intergalactic storyline. Check out what the band had to say about it:
Three songs on the album are actually an interconnecting story, starting with “Skylights”, which tells of a young boy’s kidnapping by lights in the sky
. The boy is returned home with no recollection of his family or life before the lights. “Battle Lights” gives the listener a peak into the boy’s life a few years after his return. Now having visions, the boy hears voices that tell him to preach the lessons learned during his space journey. And of course, he’s seen as delusional. “Stronger” is told from the perspective of the boy’s mother. After he is committed, she sits in his hospital room wondering where she went wrong. Was there more she could have done? The visions have taken over.
Enjoy this full album stream a day before it comes out via on Thrill Me Records. Simply click, kick back and enjoy.