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"HY80– HY80"

HY80 are the Hyland siblings and a guy name Gary Townsley. Three of the four musicians in the band sing and harmonies are a big part of their songs. There are two guitars, a bass and a drum. Female vocalist and guitarist Ellen Willwerth also plays harmonica, flute and mandolin enriching the band's style as a whole. HY80 are proud fans of 60's and 70's classic rock, which is incorporated into their own unique sound that also includes a touch of jam, pop and punk. Another way to describe HY80's music is intense folk, they pen insightful lyrics combined with lively instrumentation. Their self titled, eleven track CD starts off strong with 'Let It Go', 'Out of Mind' and 'December's Song'. These three songs pack a big punch with dueling guitars, heavy rhythms and jams. The rest of the album explores a variety of styles and some probing instrumentals. The CD production is uncomplicated allowing the potential of the band to shine through. If you are looking for diverse and energized rock – look no further than HY80!
• Recommended Tracks: (1,2,3 [USA/NJ 2005 - web] (Review by Laura Turner Lynch for Kweevak.com)

- Kweevak.com

"Unsigned Jam Band Buzz"

Hy80 is a jam band unlike all the rest. Channeling sixties rhythms and stylization and mixing it with progressive stylistic beats, this team of four musicians brings back a vibrant light to the music scene. When listening to their funky beats, one can instantaneously hear the influences of such greats as The Who, Led Zepplin, The Doors and The Kinks.

Psychedelic rhythms mixed with hard-hitting vocals is the powerhouse of their hit “Lately”. This song has an infectious jam break that starts out and progresses into a catchy and razor sharp melody. “Falling Back to Me” takes it down a notch, while lead singer Dan Hyland channels the likes of Rodger Daltry with his smooth vocals and glib guitar pulse with bandmate Ellen Willwerth backing the track on tambourine. The guys (and girl) kick it back up on “Lights Out” by bringing out the immediately recognizable cowbell beat. This song has a more contemporary jam band feel, but keeps it old school with subsequent harmonica breaks and reverb heavy guitar riffs.

Hy80 has a very polished and professional sound. I was pleasantly surprised to hear such a clarity and sense of style that these musicians evoke. It would be hard to tell that Hy80 is a 21st century band instead of a sixties classic. I would definitely recommend seeing this band in concert to explore the depths of what they have to offer.

- NorthEast In-Tune Magazine


LP- Hy80- released Feb. 05, played on WDYN, Blowup Radio, and Underground Radio among others


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Hy80 is a Jersey City based band of three siblings and a guy named Gary.
We specialize in a sound based not only on energy, but also on vocal harmonies and a dynamism not seen by today’s standards. Not afraid to call ourselves fans of 60’s and 70’s groups ranging from The Who and Kinks to Neil Young, we also get into the less mentioned Humble Pie and Fairport Convention. Yeah, we like Nazareth and Thin Lizzy and Free. We like more cowbell. We can be quite jam-oriented and free to experimentation. We’re also folkie in substance and high energy in execution.

Dan Hyland- Youngest member and the frontman of the band. Likes to play on his SG Gibson bass with the authority afforded the most prodigious players. Has an affable self-effacing nature not afforded the most prodigious players. Shares the vocals with two other members of the band.

Kevin Hyland- Drummer of the band. Has been in groups with consumer-tested names such as Smiling Potatoes, Dead Squash and The Ferguson 5. Has been continually playing since he was 16, when he saw old Who footage and Keith Moon, after which he went out and got two bass drums. Later he acquired a snare drum and some cymbals. Pioneered the technique of the stick toss used in blinding oneself.

Gary Townsley- Newest member joined in June ’03. A very versatile guitarist who has in the past gained considerable knowledge due to his role as Engineer at Coyote studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Understands the subtlety of the band as well as finding 11 when need be. Usually seen with a Miller Lite.

Ellen Willwerth- The essential part that gives Hy80 its distinction from others due to her ability on a variety of instruments including guitar, mandolin, flute and harmonica.