The Hasbeen
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The Hasbeen

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"400 Bar"

International Espionage!, Action vs. Action, and the Hasbeen
400 Bar, May 10
By Andrea Myers

The hooks were out in full force Saturday night. All three bands on the bill at the 400 specialized in crafting catchy, fun-loving rock songs. Openers the Hasbeen were the most straightforward rock band of the evening, and their chunky guitar riffs and powerful vocal harmonies were a great warm-up for the rest of the night.

Though headliners International Espionage! were fun to watch -- the three members dress in black spandex spy suits, complete with masks and red, glowing headband lights, and their stage lights strobe and jut out at severe angles -- the most engaging act of the night was by far Action vs. Action. Lead singer Ben Krueger is an unlikely pop star, all beard and brawn and wielding an inexplicable broomstick that he pretends to play like a guitar, and his voice is downright angelic. Up-tempo songs took on a pop punk edge, while more sentimental and low-key songs like "Hustler," off their 2004 EP Solid State Stereo, neared rock ballad transcendence.

Action vs. Action have a new album due out July 12, produced by Darren Jackson, whose band the Hopefuls will play the AvA CD release party at the Triple Rock. - City Pages


Big Salty Hands (2005)
self-released (bmi)
Radio Play (some regular rotation):
89.3 The Current, St. Paul, MN:
Sentiments of a Broken Love,
Let the Passing
106X Redding, CA:
Capital Cities



Formed in late 2005, The Hasbeen started playing shows around Minneapolis quite frequently. In May of 2007, they released their first lp, "Big Salty Hands." It was a self-released album recorded at Sound Gallery in downtown Minneapolis by Nick Tveitbakk. Playing 140+ shows since their inception, The Hasbeen are in full command of the stage. In March of 2008 they began working on their next LP, "Paper Machete." The Album is slated for release later this year.