As part of the New Music Confab 2016, hometown fan favorites, Heyrocco took the stage at the Music Farm in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, 8/27, shirtless and wearing sunglasses. The singer sported a giant baby bonnet and the roomful of local millennials ate it up. Costumes aside, this lively three-piece band has been around since 2009 and toured the US, UK, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Musically, they marry solid hard rock with punky pop lyrics, catchy hooks, and angst, targeting their core audience of New Adults, much like Nirvana and The Offspring’s audiences when they started out. Obviously skilled, Heyrocco uses verbal fills in the space where guitar solos should be highlighted. Their overall sound is laid-back, raspy, and attitude-laden, speaking the language of their massive following.
Heyrocco is Nathan (Nate) Merli on vocals, Chris (Cool) Cool on bass, and Tanner (Taco) Cooper on drums. Clearly impressive, they have released thirty-three tracks over a five year period. May of 2016 saw the release of the six track, Waiting on Cool. Check them out on Facebook, YouTube, and iTunes.
Currently signed with Dine Alone Records in the US, Canada, and New Zealand, and Vital Music in the UK and Europe, they begin an intensive, seven-week tour in Europe and across the US in late September. www.heyrocco.com
Houston’s five-piece band, Lost Element were also showcased in New Music Confab 2016. They brought a more mature, yet playful sound to the Music Farm stage. Delightfully addictive alt/rock, the music was polished and danceable, and dared one to resist movement. The band’s high energy and interaction made sure the crowd stayed involved.
The song “25” from their newest album, Stereo Dreams, kept up the dynamics of the show. The sparkling keyboard intro to Back Again’s “The One” illustrated the intuition of the musicians to the music while “Fall Guy” employed pleasingly surprising tempo and mood changes.
Frontman/vocalist Omar Lopez on guitar, kept the crowd wound up. Kenny Conlon on bass and Trace Sisson on guitar, provided background vocals along with Brian Barrett on drums. Frank Vasquez likewise sang background vocals and played guitar, but his keyboard work was pure magic.
Professionalism, and dedication to songwriting and performance makes Lost Element a joy to see live. They have shared stages with acts as well-known as 10 Years, Chevelle, Young Guns, and AWOL Nation. It’s hard to believe these guys remain unsigned. Find their music on Facebook, YouTube and iTunes as well as their website www.lostelement.com. I dare you to hold still.