"Hockey" Hits High Marks
“I don’t know what to do, I’ve got to learn to lose for a while” sings Benjamin Grubin ’05 in the band Hockey’s single “Learn to Lose,” released in the UK in June by Virgin Records.
But in reality, there is little that Grubin and fellow band member Jeremy “Jerm” Reynolds ’05 are losing, as Hockey is quickly becoming a rising star in the music industry.
As students in the innovative Johnston Center, Grubin and Reynolds met and explored their musical talents through the birth of Hockey, right on the Redlands campus.
An American New Wave band, their music is reminiscent of a mixture of alternative and indie music with a pop flare. Recent graduates may remember the upbeat sounds of Hockey, who preformed at many fraternity and sorority parties during their time as students.
While on campus, Hockey also won Battle of the Bands and opened for Fallfest.
Soon after graduation, Reynolds and Grubin found two other permanent members of the band and relocated to Portland, Ore., where free-thinking music is welcome with open arms.
After performing on the West Coast last summer, where they toured in a bus run by vegetable oil until it broke down, their 2008 self-released album “Mind Chaos” attracted the attention of Capitol Records, who signed them in the U.S. and Virgin Records, who signed them in the UK.
The albums namesake originates from a class Reynolds taught at Redlands, “The Great Remembering: Evolving Beyond the Pathology of Modernity,” in which Grubin was a student.
According to a BBC interview with the band, the name was inspired by “what was happening in the room as everyone was trying to get their ideas out. It was this endless clash of people never agreeing on a single notion for a whole semester.”
“Mind Chaos” has been revamped, with the addition of several new songs, in preparation for its release this summer. In the interview with the BBC, bass player Reynolds reflects on his experience as a Johnston student: “I think [it] was fantastic; it’s what university education should be for everyone. It’s a time to explore the world and explore what moves you.”
Reynolds and Grubin successfully found what moves them and what moves their fans. The band’s success has begun to sweep through Europe, as they’ve played at Glastonbury 2009, the T in the Park festival in Scotland, the 2009 Bonnaroo Festival and the 2009 Hove Festival in Norway.
With over 30 stops throughout Europe since July, the band will be touring Europe through October, sharing their sounds in such cities as London, Dublin, Paris, Bristol, Liverpool and Munich.
Hockey’s music can be found on iTunes, mySpace and YouTube.
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