Hey Battlefield is.....
Jason Rossi: lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
Michael Scheideler: drums, trumpet
Tyler Krupsky: bass guitar
released October 30, 2010
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P R E S S
Like a lot of up-and-coming rock acts, New York–based band Hey Battlefield is an example of great music made outside the grips of major-league record labels. Three masterful practitioners of various instruments and multiple genres, creating a seemingly endless stream of perfectly orchestrated original songs, and motivated by a mutual love of making and sharing music.
"The heart of the song is the lyrics more than anything else". The lyrics materialize by his low and authentic voice, complemented by a subtle use of harmonica. One of the band's most recent songs, "Orlando," is about delicately saying, "goodnight." What lead signer Jason Rossi has learned the hard way is the sadness in songs like Silent Treatment and Lonely Talking. "The name of the band is emotive" he says: "There is a little bit of anger in it."
Hey Battlefield played a set of indie-approved alt-country with touches of Caribbean and doo-wop sounds blended with their generally rollicking approach. Sounding like a mix between Bob Dylan and Joe Strummer, albeit with more irony, singer/guitarist Jason Rossi was perfunctory with a detached charm.
In an era of music increasingly dominated by electronic sounds and effeminate lyricists, Hey Battlefield provides a sigh of relief for music purists. The three piece band, a staple of the music industry, cuts down the excess, providing the music, and more importantly, the heart behind the music.