Hyness is a four-piece band fronted by singer/guitarists Marcus and Amy Addams. Drawing inspiration primarily from the glorious fuzz that defined the first half of the 1990s, the group’s debut EP The End Of Music is an all-too-brief blast of three original songs along with a cover The Smiths’ “Hand In Glove” that will leave you craving more.
Based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Hyness came to life in early 2017 out of discussions Marcus (also a member of power pop outfit Teen Violence) and Amy had been having long before that about a project they could collaborate on. After forging a musical vision out of singing Raveonettes and Everly Brothers songs together, the couple quickly amassed some original demos and recruited drummer Colin White and bassist Dan Honsberger. Wanting to capture the raw energy of their new configuration, in August 2017 Hyness set up at Waterloo’s Starlight Club and recorded The End Of Music over two days with engineer Joe Shugan.
The Addams’ cite legendary Scottish bands like The Jesus And Mary Chain and the Vaselines as primary influences. They’ve developed an even closer connection to that world through their friendship with Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake, who moved from Glasgow to Kitchener with his family several years ago.
The combination of blissful vocals and raw power those bands are best known for likewise form the foundation of Hyness’ approach and The End Of Music is just the first taste of much more to come.