Hockey Scores a Coachella Invite

Hockey, the rising dance rock band

Hockey -- the rising dance rock band that got its start at Redlands more than five years ago – has scored a new gig.

And it’s a big one.

The band, which includes 2005 Redlands graduates Benjamin Grubin ’05 and Jeremy “Jerm” Reynolds ‘05, is set to play the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio this April.

The three-day annual music festival typically draws more than 150,000 fans, and has been dubbed “The Best American Rock Festival” by the iconic Rolling Stone Magazine.

The energetic outdoor festival, where live musical acts are scheduled non-stop for three consecutive days and nights, seems like a natural fit for Hockey.

The band has strong followings in Southern California, as well as in England, France and Italy – all areas festival organizers say have been well represented at previous festivals.

In the past year, Hockey has become increasingly popular in Europe, with English audiences turning out in droves for its concerts, particularly in the summer and fall.

Hockey formed at Redlands seven years ago, after Grubin and Reynolds met while students at the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies. Soon, the band was playing fraternity and sorority parties on campus, as well as private parties. They also won the Battle of the Bands competition and opened for Fallfest.

After graduation, the group added additional permanent band members and moved to Portland. They performed along the West Coast and eventually, their self-released album, “Mind Chaos,” caught the attention of executives at Capitol Records.

They have now signed in the U.S. with Capitol Records and with Virgin Records in the United Kingdom.

¬†Interestingly, the title cut “Mind Chaos” was inspired by a class Reynolds taught at Redlands – “The Great Remembering: Evolving Beyond the Pathology of Modernity,” in which Grubin was a student.

The class was engaging and thought-provoking, but chaotic, with classmates having a tough time agreeing about even basic concepts and themes, the band members said in a BBC interview.

Go to their Web site, iTunes,¬†or mySpace to hear Hockey’s sound – a mix of alternative and indie music with a pop flare – before the festival.

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