artist::HIJK:The Pen and The Letter

Inspired by Pinback, Bloc Party, Metric, and Modest Mouse, Oakland, California’s art-rockers HIJK have a habit of turning conventional pop techniques upside down. Enrique Gonzalez Müller (Kronos Quartet, Nine Inch Nails), spent a year and a half producing their first full-length effort, The Pen and The Letter where distinctive dueling vocals, angular rhythms, and triple-barbed melodies are augmented by accordions, singing-saws, trumpets, scissors, and violas — triumphantly capturing HIJK’s compelling live performance and highlighting the unique interplay between the three band members. Under the name Hijack The Disco, the trio issued a demo in early 2004 and wrote another in 2005; a year later, Panic! At the Disco forced them to switch their name to HIJK.

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