HYPNOGAJA'S TRUTH DECAY GETS 9 OUT 10 STARS FROM OUTBURN MAGAZINE
MODERN ROCK WITH HEART: Singer/songwriter Jason “ShyBoy” Arnold has an expertly crafted album with Truth Decay. Alongside guitarist Jean-Yves “Jeeve” Ducornet, keyboardist Mark Nubar Donikian, drummer Adrian Barnardo and bassist Bryan Farrar, the quintet known as Hypnogaja bucks the soulless modern rock trend on each of this album’s 14 tracks. Then again, given the members’ collective pedigree - Arnold has composed music for the video game Devil May Cry 4, as well as TV programs, while Ducornet has written and produced songs for Carlos Santana - the fact that these songs stick so well doesn’t come as much of a surprise. What does ring pleasantly odd is how well these songs flow, and how much atmosphere and heart can be crammed into each of these tunes. Truth Decay strides the line between dark, almost goth influenced rock, while stressing a mild progressive streak here and there, possessing both commercial appeal and musical acceptability from cover to cover. Arnold’s songwriting doesn’t insult the listener’s intelligence - these songs are catchy and don’t need to drop the lowest common denominator - but rather balances self-indulgence and extroverted sheen in a way that should win over the dourest of skeptics. A Perfect Circle for a new millennium? A poppy Porcupine Tree? Perhaps. Either way, Hypnogaja rocks. (9 out of 10) - George Pacheco (Outburn issue #51, Oct-Dec 2009)
ABOUT HYPNOGAJA (pronounced hip-nō-gä-zhä):
Described by Outburn magazine as "enthralling, first-rate modern rock," Apple.com as "soulful rock with a subtle electronic backdrop" and the Denver Post as music that "pushes boundaries," Hypnogaja writes and performs "melodic, sophisticated songs that cater to no trend” according to GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter Wendy Waldman (Garth Brooks, Vanessa Williams), producer of the band’s critically acclaimed album, Acoustic Sunset – Live at the Longhouse.
Winner of the 2009 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Alternative Artist, Hypnogaja is comprised of vocalist Jason “ShyBoy” Arnold, keyboardist Mark Nubar Donikian, guitarists Jeeve Ducornet and Abe Parker, drummer Adrian Barnardo and bassist Bryan Farrar.
Truth Decay, Hypnogaja’s new studio LP, is a concept recording hailed by Outburn as an "expertly crafted album." All thirteen songs from the project revolve around the central story of two lovers – a scientist and a spaceman – who find themselves at the center of a dramatic apocalypse. From the opening chords of the ominous rocker “Dark Star” to the retro-shuffle of the celebrity-obsessed “Worship Me (I’m On TV)” and the warm piano-driven motif of the eternally hopeful “Welcome To The Future,” Truth Decay manages to deliver an engaging science-fiction-romance-fantasy story arc without losing its vantage point on universal themes that unite us all.
The Southern California-based sextet has reached worldwide audiences through its ubiquitous presence on the Internet and by extensively touring throughout the U.S. and Canada (opening for artists such as Shinedown, Saliva, 311, Cold and many others). 2010 promises to be a noteworthy year for Hypnogaja, fueled by several new releases (including a digital single of the band’s cover of the Donna Summer classic, “On The Radio”) and an appearance at South By Southwest.
Numerous television shows, motion pictures, video games and soundtracks have featured Hypnogaja's music, including America’s Next Top Model (CW), Carrie (NBC), Cold Creek Manor (Touchstone), Dirt (F/X), FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage (Warner Bros. Interactive), Las Vegas (NBC), One Life To Live (ABC), Roswell (WB), Sex And The City (HBO), The Looking Glass Wars (Scholastic), Tru Calling (FOX), Valentine (Warner Bros.), and many others. Hypnogaja frontman, ShyBoy, is featured on two songs on the Sony soundtrack for the Capcom video game, The Devil May Cry 4.
Truth Decay is available on iTunes®, Amazon.com, CDBaby, at all Amoeba Music locations and through online retailers worldwide. For more information, please visit hypnogaja.com.