H O O K E D L I K E H E L E N
Thank you Radio Disney for premiering our 'Liar' music video
Stream single 'No Turning Back'
at CLASH Magazine
Stream 'Tear This Place Apart'
single at The Line Of Best Fit
Stream the premiere of new single
'Beautiful World' at Music Week
V I D E O S
get well (lyrics)
wasn't the same (studio) something plain (studio)
liar (studio) stable (studio)
L I V E
Photo By: Arielle Kilker
B I O
"A POTENT SONIC BREW." - CLASH Magazine
"There's a feeling that this is the beginning of something great for the pair, and one can't help but get caught up in the optimism." - Carlos Santana ( SOUND JUICER), in reference to No Turning Back
Photos by: Michael Mauve
“There is something brewing just beneath the surface that is intriguing and a bit mysterious about their songwriting. This is the allure of the group."
- Matt Simon (Ear to the Ground)
- Wonky Sensitive
- Jon Berrien (Ground Sounds)
In a house in the woods about 40 miles west of Cleveland, Hooked Like Helen began as the musical brainstorms of husband-and-wife, Jon and Nikki Stipp. Experimental home recordings quickly developed into an alt-pop vision; within a year of the project's inception, Nikki and Jon had shaped a new sound that reflected their truth and their influences in a seamless blend of organic and electronic production. The band recently released a five song EP, ‘Tragedy Of Physics’, co-produced by Nikki and long-time friend and collaborator, Grammy-winning Isha Erskine. The EP boasts several singles: The music video for the angsty-beautiful piano ballad ‘Liar’ was premiered on Radio Disney and was released Oct 4th as part of the soundtrack for the movie High Strung: Free Dance starring Thomas Doherty (Disney’s Descendants 2 and 3). ‘Liar’ is featured prominently in a ballet dance sequence in the film, choreographed by Tyce Diorio (So You Think You Can Dance.) Track 2 from the Tragedy Of Physics EP, ‘No Turning Back’ premiered on CLASH Magazine who praised it as “a soaring, vastly uplifting piece of bouncy, addictive alt-pop”. The song was then used in the official movie trailer for High Strung: Free Dance, making it the 5th song in total that Nikki and Jon wrote or co-wrote to be included on the film’s soundtrack. The band’s single ‘Tear This Place Apart’ premiered on the highly influential UK-based ‘The Line Of Best Fit’ and received rave reviews from the publication. Previously, the band had music placed on MTV’s Unlocking The Truth and included in the show’s official Spotify playlist. Hooked Like Helen is now preparing for a mini-tour this November, with Jeff Martin (Trevor Hall Band) joining them on drums. The band’s kick-off show will be at The Study in Hollywood on the 22nd. Hooked Like Helen's sound embodies a unique vein of pop music; Nikki’s haunting, layered harmonies and lush vocal arrangements create a surreal atmosphere of simultaneous melancholy and hope, dissonance and resolve. Dark lyrics and themes of existential pondering provide an eerie contrast to HLH's melodic sensibilities. Piano hooks, intricate, rhythmic bass lines, and epic, driving drums carry the songs of Hooked Like Helen through a slightly sad world view, always with a groove and a constant sense of Pop.