Local Record Review: Roosterhead's 'Yo (What's Up?)' From Huntington Beach

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Local Record Review: Roosterhead's 'Yo (What's Up?)' From Huntington Beach


Roosterhead made their local splash last year via shows and their debut EP, so it's good to see the Huntington Beach duo kick start the new year with a stand-alone single, available this week via iTunes and Amazon. "Yo (What's Up?)" is a perfect title for a song from Shawn Her Many Horses and Luke Johnson. They've become as well-known for their day-glo-driven live shows as their music, so having a phrase that seems tailor-made for an MTV show from 1988 couldn't be more appropriate.

A little more surprising is the song itself--but then the title makes even more sense in context, in that it's almost their take on first-generation "these Beastie Boys dudes are kinda cool" rock-&-roll responses to hip-hop. Almost, but not exactly--there's a definite swagger in the verses and the chunky stutter of the main riff and rhythm, with Shawn and Luke trading lines as they go. However, the breezy sing-along of the chorus is perfectly SoCal casual in a way that begs to be heard at a beach-volleyball tournament.

There's even a slowed-down classic rock stomp of a coda--not quite "Layla," say, but enough of a "wait, I didn't expect that" move that does exactly what any good performance should do: make you wonder what will be coming next.

You can check out the music here and the song below:

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