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The Hypstrz – The 2016 Tour
The Hypstrz will be giving their 40th anniversary concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis on Saturday, February 27th, 2016. The venue is sure to be packed at this iconic Minneapolitan cover band reunites for one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year. Grab your friends and a few tickets to this unmissable show, which will have you moving and shaking all night long. Don't miss out!
About the Hypstrz
The Hypstrz were established in the late '70s by brothers Bill and Ernest Batson, and they covered classic R&B and rock n' roll with enthusiasm, heart, and soul. They released one of Minnesota's top five albums of all time: 1980's Hypstrization, released on Voxx Records. The eponymous 7" EP arrived through Bogus Records in 1979, and for many it was a portal into the world of '60s garage rock. The Hypstrz consist of vocalist Bill Batson, guitarist and vocalist Ernest Batson, bassist and vocalist Randy Weiss, and drummer and vocalist John Haga.
Today, the Hypstrz may barely merit a footnote in American rock history (cross-reference under "energy OD" and "single-minded"), but they were nevertheless a radical act in their own unique time and place. They blasted through '60s garage mania in Minneapolis in the late '70s, determinedly punching out their frenetic riffs to the delight of the city's pubescent brains. They personalized punk in an eccentrically subversive (and purposefully song-oriented) way, thereby laying the foundation of the early '80s Twin City sound.
Before the Hypstrz were called the Hypstrz, they were King Kustom & the Cruisers, an all-leather stomp band who did covers of '50s rock n' roll. Consisting of Joe Dupay, Weiss, and the Batsons, they played for a couple of years before drummer Dupay decided to pursue a career in male modeling instead. The Hypstrz were officially formed in 1976. They changed their repertoire to '60s covers because their '50s act was getting a little tired, and bands that referenced American Graffiti and Happy Days were a lot easier to sell to the bars, bowling alleys, and ballrooms in the live circuit. The bulk of their new material included the Who, the Yardbirds, the Kinks, the Outsiders, Johnny Rivers, the Gestures, Gregory Dee & the Avantis, and the Underbeats.
In 1978, the Hypstrz had the opportunity to open for and hang out with the Dictators when they played in Minneapolis. The meeting proved to be hugely influential on the group, who had begged to play the opening spot. Afterwards, the Hypstrz and the Dictators went to a party, drank, and made friends. Ernie Batson had been a fan of the Dictators for years, and had listened to them before forming King Kustom & the Cruisers.
The Hypstrz's 2005 album Live at the Longhorn is one of their most critically acclaimed releases. Most cover band do not get a lot of respect, but the Hypstrz of Minneapolis were one group who transformed their dearth of original songs into a virtue. In the mid-'70s, when punk rock was just starting to stagger to its feet and garage rock had yet to be revived, the Hypstrz were delivering classic R&B tunes and rock n' roll from the likes of Wilson Pickett, Syndicate of Sound, the 13th Floor Elevators, the Small Faces, and the Chocolate Watch Band. They made this material thunder like a big block Dodge on a full tank of high octane. While leaders Bill Batson and Ernest Batson sometimes penned a new song, they appeared to work under the (not illogical) theory that the majority of the world's greatest music was already out there. They played their covers without a single sticky drop of nostalgia. The Hypstrz were not an oldies act nor fuzztone- and Nehru-obsessed curators of garage; they were guys who loved excellent rock n' roll, and they were set on keeping one particular branch of it alive and kicking (emphasis on the "kicking"). In April of 1979, the group cut a weekend's worth of gigs at the Minneapolis rock venue Jay's Longhorn. A few months later, four tracks from these shows were released on a 7" EP. Another 15 tracks were released on the album Hypstrization in 1981. Now, these 19 songs have been issued in CD format with another 15 performances that were recorded on that same weekend under the title Live at the Longhorn. The final product is 79 minutes of energetic rock n' roll, performed with a fierce attitude, soaring joy, and plenty of heart and soul. Even though the guys of the Hypstrz only wrote four out of the 37 tracks crammed into this CD, anyone who loves muscular, tough, and passionate music will hear this material and wish that he or she was bouncing along at the front of the stage, drink in hand, and thrashing it out. Three numbers from a 2004 show by the most recent roster of the Hypstrz round out the package and prove that the Batson brothers can still deliver their tasty jams 37 years after the rest of the music was documented. If all bar bands were as awesome as the Hypstrz, perhaps there would not be such a need for bigger acts to breathe transitory life into a local music scene. At the very least, it is difficult to imagine most other bar bands bringing as much fun and energy as the Hypstrz do on Live at the Longhorn.
Apart from their participation in the Hypstrz, Ernie Batson and John Haga have been involved in a few other musical projects. Haga works with Curtis A., as the two have been friends since the mid-'70s. They have a band called the Jerks of Fate. Batson was a part of the Whole Lotta Loves and a pop/jam outfit called the Leeds.
The Hypstrz Concert Experience
Hold onto your hat and maybe a friend, because you are about be get blown away by one of the most energetic and durable bar bands in America today. An incredible 40 years have passed since the Hypstrz made their Minneapolitan debut, and their impressive catalog of classic rock and R&B covers weaves and winds its way through decades of the best music ever made. A Hypstrz concert is something powerful, enlivening, and unparalleled. Prepare to shake your tailfeather all night long with the one and only Hypstrz. Don't miss out on your chance to see the Hypstrz do their thing one more time!