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Hanz Erik and the Hims at Fine Line

Posted Sunday, April 9th, 2006 08:40 am GMT -5 in Concerts

Fine Line Music Cafe
CD Release Party
April 8, 2006

Copay Album Cover

Official Band Site
MySpace Profile

Last night my wife and I attended the CD release party for Hanz Erik and the Hims new album, Copay. This was only our second concert we’ve attended at the Fine Line and I’d forgotten how small that space is–especially with the upstairs seating closed. The acoustics were very good and the main floor was crowded.

The lead singer, Hanz Erik, leads a double life as a music facilitator at HSRA. Our students are lucky to have someone so talented on staff. Hanz is a great vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist and instructor.

The new album Copay is the second album from the group, but the first released as Hanz Erik and the Hims. Known as HanzSolo until receiving a cease-and-desist letter from George Lucas, the lineup is almost the same as before (drummer George Marich replaces Ollie Bauer). Stein Malvey plays guitar and Erik Naslund plays bass.

Coming on stage at 11pm, the one-hour set included most of the songs from the new album and a few old HanzSolo songs from Closet Pop, including I Wish I Were Your Hair and Friends With Benefits. They played my two favorite songs from the new album towards the end of the set: Girl Up in My Mind and Potential Energy. That latter song is a total rocker with great guitar work and a catchy refrain and is my overall favorite song from both albums. Well worth the $10 just for that song…DK

Originally published by DK on April 9, 2006 at 8:40 am

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