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Christopher Sparks, Staff Reporter

February 2, 2012

A new local band that blends hip-hop, rock, and a little bit of reggae into one has taken over Ellensburg. The Hooky’s are a band of Central graduates and have been making appearances all over town, infecting audiences with their clean music and energetic performances.

“No matter what type of music you like, we offer something that sounds good in so many different ways,” said Josh Nguyen, rapper/MC. “I can only explain our music as good music.”

Not many local bands can say they have opened up for artists such as Too Short and Allen Stone. The Hooky’s have only been together for a total of seven months and have accomplished all of that and are striving for more.

“The Allen Stone crowd had a great atmosphere,” said Ben Webb, lead vocals.


The Hooky’s, which consists of six members, started playing together last summer. The band’s front man is Ben Webb, drummer Ary Webb, guitarist Justin Beasley, rapper Josh Nguyen, bass player Colin Kahler, and Corbin Webb as their future back up guitarist. He played with them when they opened for Too Short. They are managed by Galen Driver and Rory Raiford.

“Without those guys, I don’t know where we would be,” Ben said.

Last summer they skipped class, ditched work, wrote music and did covers of different songs. The band members are spread out through Washington and Oregon, so some of them had to do a little traveling. The truancy of the group became so frequent they came up with their name, The Hooky’s.

Their first show as a band was at Pounders, located above The Palace on Main. Soon after, they opened for Too Short and Allen Stone at Raw Space.

“I liked the Too Short show, but playing with Allen Stone was huge,” Ben Said. “He has crazy range in his voice, and I’m impressed with his music.”

The Hooky’s have found success in a short time period. In September of 2011 during their “Break Even Tour,” a ten-show tour they played throughout Washington and Oregon, they participated in a Battle of the bands in Portland. The competition had a total of 75 different bands.

“It was a cool experience,” Ben said. “We gained a lot of connections down there.”

The Hooky’s battled their way through tough competition in the first and second rounds making it the championship round.

“It was a good experience,” Nguyen said. “We didn’t have a fan base in that area.”

Unfortunately, the band came up short by 14 votes and ended up taking second place. The voting was so close that the band received additional prizes even though they took second.

“The band we lost to have been together for seven years,” Ben said. “For us to come in and almost beat them says a lot about our band.”

Each of the band members has had experience in hip-hop and rock. The band is influenced by artists Michael Jackson, Jay- Z, Bob Marley, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and Kanye West. They hope to bring something unique that people haven’t heard.

“We all bring something to the table,” Ben said “You need to be different. You need to have that different sound.”
In the future, the band hopes to be touring, with a new album and a record contract. But for now they enjoy making their music and performing it for their fans.

“We love our fans, we love kickin’ it with our fans,” Ben said. “We wouldn’t be s*** without them. Shout out to Hooky Nation.”

A new local band that blends hip hop, rock, and a little bit of reggae into one has taken over Ellensburg. The Hooky’s, a band of Central graduates, have been making appearances all over town, infecting audiences with their clean music and energetic performances.

“No matter what type of music you like, we offer something that sounds good in so many different ways,” said Josh Nguyen, rapper/MC. “I can only explain our music as good music.”

Not many local bands can say they have opened up for artists such as Too Short and Allen Stone, or took second in a 75 band battle of the bands competition in the first year. The Hooky’s have only been together for a combined total of seven months and have accomplished all of that and are striving for more.

“The Allen Stone crowd had a great atmosphere,” said Ben Webb, lead vocals.

The Hooky’s, which consists of six members, started playing together last summer. The band’s front man is Ben Webb, drummer Ary Webb, guitarist Justin Beasley, rapper Josh Nguyen, bass player Colin Kahler, and Corbin Webb their future back up guitarist. He played with them when they opened for Too Short. They are managed by Galen Driver and Rory Raiford.

“Without those guys, I don’t know where we would be,” said Webb.

Last summer they skipped class, ditched work, wrote music and did covers of different songs. The band members are spread out through Washington and Oregon, so some of them had to do a little traveling. The truancy of the group to play for the band became so frequent they came up with their name, “The Hooky’s.” Their first show as a band was at Pounders, located above The Palace on Main. Soon after, they would open for Too Short and Allen Stone at Raw Space.

“I liked the Too Short show, but playing with Allen Stone was huge,” said Webb (Which Webb?). “He has crazy range in his voice, and I’m impressed with his music.”

The Hooky’s have found success in such a short time period. In September of 2011 during their “Break Even Tour,” a ten show tour they played throughout Washington and Oregon, they participated in a Battle of the bands in Portland, Oregon. The competition had a total of 75 different bands.

“It was a cool experience,” said Webb. “We gained a lot of connections down there.”

The Hooky’s battled their way through tough competition in the first and second rounds to compete make it the championship round.

“It was a good experience,” said Nguyen. “We didn’t have a fan base in that area.”

Unfortunately, the band came up short by fourteen votes and only ended up taking second place. The voting was so close the band received additional prizes even though they took second.

“The band we lost to have been together for seven years,” said Webb. “For us to come in and almost beat them says a lot about our band.”

Each of the band members has had experience in a certain genre of music such as hip hop, or rock. The band is influenced by artists Michael Jackson, Jay- Z, Bob Marley, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and Kanye West. They hope to bring something unique that people haven’t heard.

“We all love music, and all types of music” said Nguyen.

“We all bring something to the table,” Webb added. “You need to be different. You need to have that different sound.”

In the future the band hopes to be touring, with a new album and a record contract. But for now they enjoy making their music and performing it for their fans.

“We love our fans, we love kickin’ it with our fans,” said Webb. “We wouldn’t be shit without them. Shout out to Hooky Nation.”

Hooky’s take the spotlight "Shout out to Hooky nation"

 

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