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Hockey is an American Indie rock band from Portland, Oregon.

The band consists of singer Benjamin Grubin, guitarist Brian White, bassist Jeremy Reynolds, drummer Anthony Stassi and touring keyboardist Ryan Dolliver, and have been compared in their sound to bands such as The Strokes and LCD Soundsystem. [1]

They released a home-made EP Mind Chaos in 2008 which attracted attention from the likes of Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, and the band are now signed to Capitol Records in the US and Virgin Records in the UK. [1]

Hockey played the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury 2009 [2] They also appeared at the Peace and Love festival in Borlänge, Sweden. In July 2009 they played the Red Bull Bedrooms Jam Futures Stage at the T in the Park festival in Scotland[3], The have also made appearances at the 2009 Bonnaroo Festival, and the main stage of the 2009 Hove Festival in Norway on 23 June.[4] The band’s debut single “Too Fake” was released in the UK on March 16[1]; it was later made available as iTunes‘ free single of the week. The band released “Learn To Lose” on June 1 ahead of their debut album Mind Chaos, which was release in the US on September 14 and in the UK on September 28.[5] They appeared on Later with Jools Holland on 24 April 2009. The song “Work” is on the soundtrack for MLB 09: The Show. A remixed version song “Too Fake” is featured in a JCpenny’s commercial, while the original version appears in the video game NHL 2K10. On 16 October 2009, the band played “Too Fake” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Also, in late 2009, the band was chosen as of one Beyond Race Magazine’s “50 Emerging Artists,” resulting in a spot in the publication’s #11 issue (with Bodega Girls and J. Cole on the cover), as well as an exclusive Q&A for the magazine’s site.[6]

Hockey are individually from all over the United States, via band stints in Los Angeles, Spokane and Portland – To quote a line from I Wanna Be Black – all the band’s witty, biting lyrics are written by Ben – “everyone’s making dance music now true, but we started in 2002”.

‘When we started making music’ says Ben, ‘we wanted to make music that people could have fun to at the parties we played.’

‘We wanted to make dance music that was infectious,’ says Jerm. ‘Almost like: this is a band but it might as well be a DJ.’

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