Hooka Hey
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Hooka Hey

Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Rock Alternative




"New York City show preview"

Sometimes, you can judge a band by its name — and song titles. The tunes “Nasty” and “Untamed” by Hooka Hey suggest down 'n' dirty, well, “untamed nastiness,” and that’s exactly what’s dished out. Bluesy, sweaty, energetic stomp-rock is purveyed by a Frenchman (via Austin, Texas) with the fantabulous nom du rock of Hugo de Saint Quentin. Digging deep with classic-sounding grooves redolent of Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age, Hooka Hey could be the bastard son of Jack White and an Eighties Sunset Strip band: a great spirit of soul-blues meshed with a cranked-up sleazy sex 'n' booze vibe. Hooka Hey make music to drink whiskey by. The show is free and open to everyone 21 and older. At Rockwood Music Hall, the music begins at 3 p.m., but Hooka Hey goes on at midnight.

Katherine Turman - Village Voice

"Featured on Austin Music Minute"

“There’s a reverence here for the kind of serious rockin’out that leaves you sweaty, grimy and wanting more.” - KUTX

"Album Exclusive: Stream EP ‘Untamed’ by Hooka Hey in Full"

“It is a layered, dangerous ride hinting at Eastern mysticism and crazy, seductive Creole voodoo.(...) Their work is urgent and unrelenting, possessing a musical confidence even early in the game. (...) And like any burning passion, they will leave you wanting more” - Culture Collide

"Hooka Hey, ‘Wrong Moves’ – Exclusive Premiere"

“With a steadfast focus on straight-forward and unadulterated rock and roll, we’re excited to watch Hooka Hey rise to the top of fans’ radars” - Diffuser

"EXCLUSIVE: Check Out The New Track From Hooka Hey, Swampy Blues-Rock From Paris Via Austin"

Hooka Hey makes music with an attitude that mixes a bit of each slogan, creating strange, exciting new sounds that are hard to categorize, but addicting to listen to. “Untamed” is a vampy, slow-burning track, oozing with a dark and seductive charm. - Elmore Magazine


This is not the kind of music you bring home to meet your parents. This is the music you pull out your dirty dancing moves for - For Us Not Them

"Raw Ramp"

Shaken and dangerously harmful blues-rock with more heat and tears than a smoky Southern barbecue -

"Exclusive Video Premiere: Hooka Hey – “Nasty”"

“The track is soaked in blues and mysterious seduction” - New Noise Magazine

"Deep In The Music"

“A pretty hot straight burning punky classic rock tune with hints of psych and trippiness” -

"Tour Worthy"

“Hooka Hey gets right what most in their genre get wrong–craft structurally sound songs, then add distortion, thick vox affectation, sludgy bass, and not the other way around as in the case of others.” -

"Cut From Steel"

“Hooka Hey plays the type of rock music that never goes out of style. Fast, aggressive, and sort of grimy” -


“Fast and fuzzy guitars and a catchy bass round off this great EP. Little Things is a cool EP and a great representation of what the future may hold for this band.” - The Soda Shop

"One to Watch"

This is a beautiful introduction into the world of Hooka Hey and if you’re a fan of unconventional, blazing rock ‘n’ roll with balls and attitude by the skip-full then you owe it to yourself to check this out. (…) make sure that Hooka Hey are on your ‘ones to watch’ list because on this evidence their album is going to rule. - Sonic Abuse (UK)

"4 stars"

"So let’s hope their full-sized record appears quickly; cause we have an appetite for a wild and thrilling night…” - Stoner Hive (NL)

"12 minutes"

“... Something like 12 minutes to prove themselves. Well… It doesn’t seem like they needed longer.” - W Fenec (FR)

"Acoustic session"

First acoustic attempt at the song Hush Me.
Recorded for Wrangler Showroom opening in Paris - Wrangler

"Awesome video"

Awesome music video for the song Hush Me.
Directed by Dessil Basmadjian - Abel 14

"Rough & style"

rough rock n’ roll with style is the real job of Hooka Hey - Legacy Magazine (issue #76)

"Crazy rhythms"

“Powerful guitars and pleasant, slightly raspy vocals; Hugo and the crazy rhythm of these three songs are interesting even to those who would not listen to every day of such music.” - Terapija.net (Croatia)


Hooka Hey (LP - 2008) All Tube Records / Underdog Records
The Country Side (EP - 2009) All Tube Records / Underdog Records
Little Things (EP - 2011) All Tube Records

Untamed (EP - 2015) All Tube Records



Hooka Hey a recent addition to Austin, Texas by way of Paris, France, plays blues-based tribal beats with smoky, sludgy riffs drenched and charged like the air just before a rainstorm. Organic and raw, Hooka Hey’s “Transylvanian Voodoo” sound encompasses a wide variety of grooves and tones evoking artists like Queens of The Stone Age or Jack White.

Over the years, Hooka Hey has collaborated with great names in music. The band found themselves in sessions with Youth (producer for The Verve, Paul McCartney) at Olympic Studios in London and Mark Plati (producer for David Bowie, The Cure…) along with playing gigs with international artists including Built To Spill, Ted Leo and Miles Kane. The band was also invited to open for the Black Keys.

Band Members