Hyper Crush -- About to Pop
By Marina Galperina Posted Apr 7th 2011 03:45PM
Video: 'Kick Us Out'
Hail From: Los Angeles, Calif.
For Fans Of: Lady Gaga, Christian TV
Why They're About to Pop: This Los Angeles trio's rise to fame is now a classic route -- building an army of MySpace fans, dropping mixtapes and releasing prolific bundles of songs at once. Still, this hard-working, hard-partying group stands out with its communal love for video games and non-apologetic, fun-seeking crunk-eletropop. In 2009, Hyper Crush opened for Lady Gaga all over Europe and in 2010, the group supported Breathe Carolina on tour. The band's sound has livened up such MTV reality shows 'The Hills,' 'The Real World' and 'Bromance,' and they've got even more songs waiting to be released.
PopEater caught up with Hyper Crush to talk about their new video, "sheep runnin' round actin' silly" and their extensive list of influences and idols. Check out the interview and the video for 'Kick Us Out' below.
Seven Questions With Hyper Crush
How did the three of you get together? What makes your collaboration work?
We all met in grade school some years back, 1995 to be exact. Just a year after the great quake of Northridge. There was an especially cold winter that year, the perfect temperature for the formation of operation "sniper dust," which we later changed to operation "hyper crush," which in turn became Hyper Crush.
What's the idea and story behind your video for 'Kick Us Out?'
Cops tryin' to kick us outta some warehouse party. Sheep runnin' round actin' silly and whatnot. Some sexy bisexual girls up in there too, for good measure. It takes the cops nearly five hours to run up in there, but by that time there's nothin' left except for that sheep and some plastic baggies. Basically, shenanigans.
What are you musical influences? Who are your musical idols?
Our influences are the Prodigy, Metallica, New Order, Daft Punk, Egyptian Lover, Big L, Slick Rick, Madonna, the Misfits, Steely Dan, ELO, David Bowie, the Smiths, Benny Benassi, Faithless, Eddie Money, Air, MOP, Kool Kieth and Giorgio Moroder. Our idols are Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Fat Mike of NOFX, Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson and Tom Petty.
What are your favorite vintage video games? Who's the best gamer in the group?
Our favorite old school games ever are Super Mario World, Raiden II, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Final Fight, Burger Time, Astynax, Galaga, Bubble Bobble, Samurai Showdown and Contra.
Donny is probably the best when it comes to older games. Preston goes in on newer games like Fallout 3 and Borderlands.
What's the craziest thing that's ever happened to you on tour or on stage?
Actually, we just got done performing at the University of Redlands and Preston almost broke his leg falling into the stage. It was right after our set and as of now he seems to be OK. Stuff like that seems to happen to us a lot. Holly has also been wounded in battle. We awarded her a purple heart for an epic fall off the stage in the spring of '08.
How did you spend your Spring Break?
We spent some of it in Cancun partaking in low levels of savagery. Preston went missing for a short time. When we found him he was disheveled and missing a shoe. He has no recollection of the events that transpired beforehand. Other than that we had a blast. We documented some the trip and it can be seen on our blog.
What are you most excited about this year?
We are excited about being one year closer to 2015. We are also excited to release a lot of new content this year including music, videos, music videos, non musical videos, new merch, merch for cats, etc.
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