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Published on August 26th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Heyrocco Posts ’90s-esque Tracks and Hits the Road

Charleston-based trio Heyrocco posted pretty damn fine-sounding demos of seven new originals last week on their page under the album title Greatest Hits of the ’90s. Sonic elements of various grunge, indie, and noise-pop bands like Nirvana, Pavement, Sebadoh, Yo La Tengo, Counting Crows, and Blur swirl from song to song.

Coming from guitarist/singer Nathan Jake Merli, bassist Christopher Cool, and drummer Tanner Cooper, the digital collection is a an amusing and highly listenable detour from their recently released, self-recorded album

“These are not an official release or anything like that,” says Merli. “We haven’t put much music out this year, and we just wanted to leak a little something. We’re going to make a hundred or so physical copies to sell at our shows this fall.”


Most of the new tracks were engineered and/or quickly mixed by local drummer and studio wiz Wolfgang Ryan Zimmerman (of Charleston pop/rock band Brave Baby) at his local facility the Space.

“They literally came into the space one night and live-tracked a bunch of new jams,” says Zimmerman. “I did a bounce of what we had on the spot, and that was all she wrote. I was actually surprised that they put it out when I heard about it. From what I know, these are ideas of future songs and sounds they’re trying out. Me and the guys love the ’90s, so tone-wise, we tried to go for that vibe.”

Merli and his bandmates toured quite a bit over the winter and summer months, and they’ll head back out in September for numerous shows around the Carolinas and Georgia, plus a few in the Northeast. They’ll embark on a seven-show trip with Savannah-based rock trio Cusses on Sept. 3 with a show at the Chapel Hill Underground in Chapel Hill, N.C. They’ll hook up with the Charlotte-based four-piece Junior Astronomers in mid-September.

“We’ll be heading up to Chicago in the first half of October, and in the second half of October, we’ll hopefully be hitting the studio with Paul Ebersold [Leslie, Drivin’ N Cryin’, 3 Doors Down] for a full-length,” Merli adds. “For now, we;re just staying busy writing and trying not to kill anyone.”

Heyrocco’s next local show is solid for Sun. Sept. 15 at the Tin Roof with Junior Astronomers.

Visit for more info. Scroll below to listen to Greatest Hits of the ’90s.

Heyrocco September Tour 2013

9/3 — Chapel Hill, NC, Chapel Hill Underground
9/5— Philadelphia, PA,  Kung Fu Necktie
9/6 — New York, NY, Webster Hall (Studio Stage)
9/7 — Boston, MA, The Radio
9/8 — Poughkeepsie, NY, Vassar College
9/9 — Baltimore, MD, The Crown
9/10 — Richmond, VA, Strange Matter
9/12 — Boone, NC, Black Cat
9/13 — Athens, GA, New Earth Music Hall
9/14 — Greenville, SC, Radio Room
9/15 — Charleston, SC, The Tin Roof
9/19 — Myrtle Beach, SC, Bourbon Street
9/20 — Wilmington, NC, The Satellite
9/21 — Charlotte, NC, The Milestone
9/26 — Columbia, SC, New Brookland Tavern
9/27 — Macon, GA, Hummingbird Main Stage

Top photo by Emily B. Hall Photography.


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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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