The Hanyaks drop hard-rocking third album; High Up announces cassette EP on Team Love Records; Photo coverage: Fort Defiance, Willis? at Vega

The Hanyaks drop hard-rocking third album

When it comes to straight up hard rock, it’s best served with at least a smudge of humor and a little instrumental variance to cut through the noise. Lincoln four-piece The Hanyaks are back from a long recording hiatus with just such an effort.

The band has released third full-length album, Social Candy, independently via its Bandcamp page (with plans, according to Facebook, for wider digital availability). Recorded in Lincoln at Sotano Del Monte (frontman Monte Peck’s home studio), the nine-track album is the band’s first in almost seven years, since 2010’s Like A Parthian Shot.

Social Candy has all the elements of a solid mid-aughts rock record. Peck and guitarist Robert Klingsporn pump out a wealth of earworm riffs that often spring into breakaway solos, as in “Lime Green World,” and “Duct Tape.” Both those tracks recall a snarkier Alien Ant Farm and a far less serious Coheed and Cambria. Peck’s lyrical jabs are rooted in the present but poke at known targets like rival suitors on the country-tinged “Cut You Loose” and melodramatic emo kids (“SoEmo”) with unforgiving sarcasm.

Together with its hard-charging instrumentalism, that attitude makes for a record that feels incubated. It’s as if the band has gathered some pent-up energy into a basement rock spirit bomb, unleashing it in a form somewhere between reckless abandon and planned attack.

Find the album here and listen to its lead track “#nomophobia” below:

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High Up announces cassette EP on Team Love Records

After more than a year of hype, sparked by its impressive, energetic live show, High Up is finally getting a proper record release.

The Omaha indie soul band has announced its debut self-titled EP, in cassette form, will drop January 20 on Team Love Records. High Up features the horn-driven workday lament “Two Weeks” — the video of which debuted via Elle Magazine last month — among four total studio tracks.

Pre-order the cassette here. High Up’s next show is Thursday, Feb 16 at Duffy’s Tavern with I Forgot To Love My Father and DJ Relic. RSVP here.

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Photo coverage: Fort Defiance with Willis? at Vega

HN multimedia contributor Connor Lepert went to Vega last night to catch Nashville folk rock act Fort Defiance, on its way through Lincoln on a nationwide tour. The wedded duo has been on the road for most of the past year, which is commonplace; they often tour for upwards of 200 dates per year. The march continues to Omaha tonight, where they’ll play The Down Under Lounge with Mace Hathaway (RSVP here).

Lincoln blues rock trio Willis? opened the show. See Lepert’s photos below:

Fort Defiance

Willis?

Photos by Connor Lepert

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Andrew Stellmon is Hear Nebraska's managing editor. Reach him with news tips and story ideas at news@hearnebraska.org.