The ska blog Checkered Socks recently posted about Hey Stranger. The original post can be found here: http://checkeredsocks.wordpress.com/2009/09/07/hey-stranger/
Hey Stranger is a relatively new band from New York City filled with a bunch of guys who are doing what they love. I’ve known about the band for a little while now but haven’t heard much from them yet because they only have a few songs recorded currently. While only a few songs are currently recorded they do have a full set they perform at shows several times a month.
While they were strangers to each other when they met they were not strangers to playing good music. Several of the band members were part of other bands previously but eventually had to seek out other music opportunities and managed to connect with each other via Craigslist. Each of them had a love of ska mixed in with other forms of music which helps add to this bands variety.
I’ve only heard a few of their songs but they really have a great sound to them. Probably my favorite song I’ve heard by them is “Disaster” which ties in some great upbeats, a smooth walking bassline, and solid horn line with some some occassional pop punk sounds.
Currently, they are still in the need of one more member, a guitarist/backing vocalist. Each of these guys have jobs and school they are balancing along with the band and they are looking for somebody who can keep up with them musically. If you feel you might be a good fit (and are in the NYC area), let them know and maybe you could be in a ska band too! More information.
While you’re thinking about it check them out online: