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Dave Tsui - vocals & guitar
Trevor Wencl - drums
Karl Tupper - bass

HIJK is a modern art-pop indie rock trio from Oakland, CA. Formed in 2007, the band has been described as “hyper late 90’s-style rock, full of addictive hooks and complex riffs” by The Bay Bridged. In August of that year, they released their debut full-length album, “The Pen And The Letter” which was met with positive reviews in the press and blogosphere.

In early 2008, they created a campy DIY live action stop-animation video for the song “Paper Boat” with producer, engineer, and film buff, Enrique Gonzalez Muller The video won the SF Bay Guardian independent film maker’s contest and was put in rotation at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, and Myx TV aired a half hour special on the band for their indie music series Visual Crunch.

In 2009, Karl Tupper, the former bass player of Golden Birds and booker of the underground Berkeley venue Fort Oregon, joined HIJK on bass. The new lineup immediately locked in together…

In March of 2010, HIJK released RINR♥. Recorded in a garden yoga studio in Oakland, CA, the new EP is nimble, natural and fun. While only 5 songs and just over 17 minutes, the EP travels far and wide in its variety and texture. “You’re Upside Down, You’re Funny” is a beautiful pop song and the source of the EP’s title, while “Ba Na Na Na Na” is a 4 minute long love song with a 3 minute long intro.

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