Today, Hooray For Earth share the single title track from the upcoming album Racy. For Hooray for Earth leader Noel Heroux, plotting the band’s sophomore album Racy (out July 29th via Dovecote Records) required ignoring expectations and stripping away baggage, musical and otherwise. “This album is the most intentional thing I’ve ever put together”, Heroux says. “I wanted everything loud and direct so you don’t have to guess at what you’re getting into”.
While Heroux began recording demos as Hooray for Earth as early as 2003, the band’s career began with Heroux’s relocation to New York City in 2007 and the subsequent release of 2009’s Momo EP. The arrival of the True Loves LP (July 11, 2011 / Dovecote Records) In 2012, Hooray for Earth made their maiden voyage to the UK and saw their single “No Love” reach the A-list on BBC Radio 1. After a hearty round of touring on the European festival circuit, the band closed out 2012 with the digital release of the “Never/Figure” single.
While the band spent a good chunk of the last year in hibernation mode, Heroux has hardly been idle. After making an appearance on Twin Shadow’s sophomore album Confess, Heroux spent time producing, writing, and occasionally playing guitar with several NYC bands including Cymbals Eat Guitars and Autre Ne Veut.
With Chris Coady (Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Future Islands) in the co-producer’s seat, the sessions for Racy took place at Dreamland in Kingston, NY and at DNA Downtown in NYC over the first few months of 2013. Crafting a more fluid listening experience with Racy also meant a more active role in the studio for Heroux’s longtime bandmates–bassist Chris Principe, drummer Joe Ciampini, and keyboardist/vocalist Jessica Zambri. “I’m still writing, arranging and doing the preliminary recording”, Heroux says. “But then it’s all funneled out through our scrappy rock band.”.