if you frequent JOVM, it shouldn’t be terribly surprising that over the life of an album or an EP, that you may come across a number of posts about a particular artist – and maybe every now and then you may come across two or three posts about an artist as they try to build up buzz about their projects. 

Earlier this week, you may have remembered a post on Hooka Hey. The band’s founding members Hugo de Saint Quentin was born and raised in Paris and is currently located in Austin, TX. And much like countless musicians across the globe, de Saint Quentin grew up listening to American rock ‘n’ roll; in fact, rock called out so urgently, that he wound up spending a few years in New York in the early 2000s playing in a number of bands before he relocated back to Paris, where he formed Hooka Hey.

While back in his native country, de Saint Quentin and Hooka Hey quickly gained national recognition through extensive radio airplay on France’s biggest and most renowned station, Radio Nova. And as a result, the band opened for Built to Spill, Ted Leo, The Black Keys and Miles Kane.

“Nasty,” the first single off the band’s forthcoming EP, Untamed drew from the scuzzy, swampy, power chord and thundering drum-based rock familiar to fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Jack White and others. The EP’s second and latest single “Wrong Moves” will likely cement the band’s reputation for straightforward, badass, name-taking rock with a ballsy swagger.