The Hypsys

The Hypsys

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Biography

Ever since their inception in 2007, The Hypsys have been hard at work crafting a dynamic and unique identity in a music scene that all too often falls prey to stagnation. Their singular style that they describe as “progressive-jazz-rock-fusion-soul-funk” is the result of a synthesis of intensive education rooted in classical composition and jazz studies (all three graduated from the University of Alabama's School of Music) coupled with a diverse array of influences running the gamut of the musical spectrum. Characterized by intricate time changes, stunning displays of technical virtuosity, and raunchy breakdowns, all executed with impeccable communication, their music is ever-evolving and never lets you go. Formed in Tuscaloosa and now based in Birmingham, The Hypsys have been relentlessly touring the Southeast, honing their innovative and exhilarating live sound for a loyal and ever-expanding fan base. They have performed with many respected national touring acts such as Col. Bruce Hampton and the Quark Alliance, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Mantras, Moon Taxi, Lubriphonic, and many more. They made their first major festival appearance at the 2010 Wakarusa Music Festival and have played at numerous regional festivals.

Lyrics

The Future of Eternity

Written By: The Hypsys

Can we commence the intermission,
Take some time to procrastinate.
I lay awake at night,
Wishing I could see the future
Of our own eternity.

Window of Soul (part one)

Written By: The Hypsys

Find a way of expression
Search your mind
Consequential impression
Seize your own liberation
All in time
Incidental creation

Emancipate your religion
Free your mind
Transcendental illusion
Comtemplating the future
Endlessly
Meticulous reflection

Follow the feeling
Feeling you know
Open the window
Window of soul

My impulsive reaction
Controls me
Rejuvenates my vision
Postulate revolution
Till we see
The pacific solution

Follow the feeling
Feeling you know
Open the window
Window of soul

Follow the feeling
Feeling you know
Open the window
Window of soul

Make Them Smile

Written By: Joe Mack Crow / Bo Hembree

I am a smile, a big huge smile
I am laughter, I am joy
I am bursting at the seams with happiness
It is my natural instinct to walk around and wonder what I can do
To make them smile

You made them smile, all the while
You made them smile, yes you did

I am lost, without a friend
I am tattered, I am torn
I am weilding my pen with a purpose
We used to play our guitars with blisters on our fingers, what we would do to make them smile

You made them smile, all the while
You made them smile, yes you did

I am feeling, confused what to feel
I am mourning, in the evening again
I am writing this song for a friend of mine
When I meet him there we're gonna have a revival, but until then, I'll try to make him smile

Rendezvous With Destiny

Written By: Bo Hembree

This concludes the chronicles of Joe Mack Crow
He was a good friend of mine, this I know
As I try to tell the rest, Joe's playin' guitar with the best
He had a rendezvous with destiny

There will be a place where we'll meet
In the sky with J.M.C.
There will be a place where we'll meet
A rendezvous with destiny

When he would play the strings, skinnin' it back
Supernatural energy, requiem for Joe Mack
From now on when you hear guitar
You know who I'm playin' for, until my rendezvous with destiny

There will be a place where we'll meet
In the sky with J.M.C.
There will be a place where we'll meet
A rendezvous with destiny

We all have a rendezvous with destiny
Oh no, don't you try, cause you can't foresee
I'll pay my reverence to
A friend that I once knew
That had a rendezvous with destiny

Jacks of the Round Table

Written By: The Hypsys

Can you feel the feeling
Have you been healed by the healing
I'll bet your head is a reelin'
From the change we believe in

Jacks of the round table
They complain while they control the cable
Jacks of the round table

No one knows where we're bound
Or who can fill the king's crown
Jacks of the table in my town
Always seem to bring me down

Jacks of the round table
They complain while they control the cable
Jacks of the round table

Always living in the past
Just how long will your life last
It looks as though the votes cast
All the jacks are running fast

Jacks of the round table
They complain while they control the cable
Jacks of the round table
Voting on Tuesday, if they's able
Jacks of the round table
They complain while they control the cable
Jacks of the round table

Jazz Butter

Written By: The Hypsys

You don't even know what you're listening to
All you really know is that motivates you
To get up (Get on up), Get on the floor
Churn your feet to the beat,
make you holla for more

Jazz butter, Keep on churnin'
Jazz butter, Keep on churnin'
Jazz butter, Keep on churnin'
Jazz butter

Looks to me you've found the bottom of your cup
Head back to the bar, you can try to fill it up
But it ain't full (No it ain't), till you top it off
Top it off with some jazz butter, no matter what the cost

Jazz butter, Keep on churnin'
Jazz butter, Keep on churnin'
Jazz butter, Keep on churnin'
Jazz butter

Keep on churnin', till the break of day
You better keep on churnin', till you find a way
To fill up (Fill it up), till you've had enough
When you've had enough of jazz butter, pass it to me

Jazz butter, Keep on churnin'
Jazz butter, Keep on churnin'
Jazz butter, Keep on churnin'
Jazz butter

Jazz butter, Keep on churnin'
Jazz butter, Keep on churnin'
Jazz butter, Keep on churnin'
Jazz butter

Mr. Spensley

Written By: Bo Hembree

If you ever feel low down
Open up your window, look around

As the darkness slowly falls
It's hard to feel anything at all
When the sunlight begins to shine
A beam of love flows through my mind

Can you find the heartbeat of the sound
If you never look, it won't be found

As the darkness slowly falls
It's hard to feel anything at all
When the sunlight begins to shine
A beam of love flows through my mind

If you ever feel low down
Open up your window, look around
Can you find the heartbeat of the sound
If you never look, it won't be found
If you never look, it won't be found

The Gigue Is Up

Written By: David Ray

Waking with no memories
Open eyes at noon
No time to plan the future
It starts again too soon
Your friends are all behind you
You're the first to fill your cup
A second thought is one too much
No time to think, the gigue is up

The night becomes the morning
The sun another friend
The first to give the warning
The first to recommend
That now it's time to rest
But have you had enough
The time to sleep has come and gone
No need to stop, the gigue is up

Keep On Keepin' On

Written By: Bo Hembree

I'm wastin' time a waitin'
For revelation
A troubled life will reveal
It takes time to heal

Keep on keepin' on
Keep on keepin' on

My mind rearranges
To make the changes
Always thinking ahead
As you always said

Keep on keepin' on
Keep on keepin' on

Keep on until you're gone
Keep on keepin' on

Too busy receiving
When I should be giving
All of my all to give
I fall, I get up and live

Keep on keepin' on
Keep on keepin' on

Keep on until you're gone
Keep on keepin' on

Reason For Another Season

Written By: Bo Hembree

Not sure how we got to this point
Not sure why we're all alone
If we cared, our love we should anoint
To make a house into a home

Please take me to the Peachtree land
So we can make a brand new start
Let me die with a guitar in my hand
Rather than this pain in my heart

My heart feels like a dying tree
It just can't seem to grow one leaf
My heart feels like a dying tree
It just can't seem to grow one leaf
Yes, you are the reason that I wait for another season

Please let me know if you're the one
These mind games got me wasting away
I tried to call you on the phone
You won't pick up to hear me say

My heart feels like a dying tree
It just can't seem to grow one leaf
My heart feels like a dying tree
It just can't seem to grow one leaf
Yes, you are the reason that I wait for another season

Discography

The Hypsys (2008)
Live at Wakarusa (2010)

Set List

The Hypsys are always composing and performing new original material. Here is a list of original music so far:

The Future of Eternity
Six-Eight Schizoid
Make Them Smile
A Serenade For Joe
Rendezvous With Destiny
Fo' Sco
Window of Soul (part one)
Window of Soul (part two)
Cosmik Prince
Mustachio
Pursuit of the Urge
Jazz Butter
Jacks of the Round Table
Yeti's Retribution
Mr. Spensley
The Gigue Is Up
Riff You A New One
Unit 111
Keep On Keepin' On
Aikido
Reason For Another Season
Dreams (Come and Go)
Sailing the Coast
Wheelin' and Dealin'

We keep the covers to a very low minimum, but here are some artists we cover, but not limited to: Frank Zappa, Beatles, Traffic, Steely Dan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Band, Bob Marley, Phish, Gov't Mule, Wilco, Led Zeppelin, Sugarloaf, Grand Funk Railroad, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, and various jazz standards with a Hypsy twist!