Hyperbubble

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Hyperbubble is an international visual and performing arts electro pop/synthpop duo from San Antonio, Texas formed by Jeff DeCuir and Jess Barnett DeCuir. The music of this American group is variously described as "early Eurythmics meets Josie and the Pussycats," referencing "markers such as New Musik, the Normal and Thomas Dolby." Their songs are "catchy synth pop that mixes kitsch, retrofuturism and pop art in a chrome blender and sets the contents jiggling to a hypnotic robo-rhythm" with "lyrics that offer quirky takes on SF tropes from cyborgs and clones to ray guns and erotic surveillance."

The band started as a creation of Jeff. Hyperbubble first appeared as the attributed author of a track on the 1997 album Acid Ranch 2000. Several years later, Jess joined him after the dissolution of Pink Filth to re-launch the concept band. In 2004, Hyperbubble debuted their first album, Sol!d Pop. Described as "peppy synth pop par excellence" with "good humorous songs," the album showcased their ability to apply "the breakneck pace of punk… to straight-up synthpop," altogether self-described as "bionic bubblepunk."

Their performances contained a wry sci-fi element. The band was described as one "in the proud tradition... of musicians pretending to be robots," but "taking the android artifice to intentionally over-the-top extremes, then undercutting all the sci-fi hokum with flashes of genuine humanity." Sol!d Pop also displayed their persistent use of sampling; the band's most popular downloaded song, "Leon", even featured sounds from their cat. With their penchant for mixing, a remix version of the album soon followed. This tradition continued for future albums as well.

Hyperbubble realized regional success with a showcase band slot at the South by Southwest Music Festival and their 2007 album, Airbrushed Alibis, named a best local album. The band was later voted Best Electronica Band in 2008 and runner-up Best Electronic Band in 2009 and Best Electronic Act in 2010 in the San Antonio Current. They gained international recognition with recordings released by UK label Filthy Little Angels, which included Airbrushed Alibis. The "retro-techno-bubblegum pop" album continued their "cartoonish, Hanna-Barbera view of the future, informed by 1960s visions of the 21st century as an era of flying cars and robotic romance." A 2008 dub version of the album heavily remixed and slowed down the pace of the original tracks.

Huw Stephens featured the Hyperbubble song "Supermarket Casanova" on his nationally syndicated BBC Radio 1 program in 2007. Their tour of the UK the next year led to them being signed by Glasgow-based Bubblegum Records. Their first EP with the label featured a collaboration with Welsh bubblegum pop punk rocker Helen Love in which they covered her song, "Better Set Your Phasers to Stun", with an added vocal track provided by her. The release completed their transition to a truly international group.

Their next full-length CD, Candy Apple Daydreams, was described as a "cartoon automaton symphony" and a "pop opera… utilizing an amazing overture theme that weaves in and out of the entire album." The music "sounds something like Madonna would sound...if her music were geared more towards school kids." The effort hit several best-of lists, including popular Scot Spotify blogger the Pansentient League's top five synthpop albums, Electro and Pop's Top Albums of 2010 (France) and Favorite Albums Of 2010 by the Houston Press, which also dubbed it "the best electronic album to come out of Texas since Asmodeus X's Morningstar." The title track further made the English Electricity Club's top 30 songs of the year.

Releases in 2011 included their LP, Drastic Cinematic with the German label, Pure Pop For Now People. Characterized as a soundtrack to an imaginary Jean Luc-Godard film, the album possesses a darker and more atmospheric mood than their previous efforts. Manda Rin of the Scottish band Bis contributed guest vocals along with sampled sounds from her cat, Akiko. An extended CD/MP3 version from Bubblegum notably adds a remix of their song "Welcome to Infinity" by Mark Towns, who previously worked on Hits! The Very Best of Erasure.
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Hyperbubble Discography Tracks

Albums

UBR16 Hyperbubble - Sol!d Pop album art Hyperbubble Sol!d Pop(CD, Album) Uncle Buzz Records UBR16 US 2004 Sell This Version
none Hyperbubble - Sol!d Pop: The Rem!x Ed!t!on album art Hyperbubble Sol!d Pop: The Rem!x Ed!t!on(File, MP3, Album) Fellowshipwreck none UK 2005
Hyperbubble - Airbrushed Alibis album art Hyperbubble Airbrushed Alibis (Album) Filthy Little Angels UK 2007 Sell This Version
FM51 Hyperbubble - Airbrushed Alibis In Dub album art Hyperbubble Airbrushed Alibis In Dub(File, MP3, Album, mp3) Uncle Buzz Records FM51 US 2008
FM55 Hyperbubble - Candy Apple Nightmares album art Hyperbubble Candy Apple Nightmares(13xFile, MP3, Album, mp3) Uncle Buzz Records FM55 US 2010
BGUM007 Hyperbubble - Candy Apple Daydreams album art Hyperbubble Candy Apple Daydreams(CD, Album) Bubblegum Records (3) BGUM007 UK 2010 Sell This Version
Hyperbubble - Drastic Cinematic album art Hyperbubble Drastic Cinematic (Album) Bubblegum Records (3) UK 2011 Sell This Version
FOR 05 Hyperbubble - Attack Of The Titans - Original Soundtrack Music By Hyperbubble album art Hyperbubble Attack Of The Titans - Original Soundtrack Music By Hyperbubble(CD, Album) Pure Pop For Now People FOR 05 US 2014 Sell This Version
FOR07 Hyperbubble - Live In London album art Hyperbubble Live In London(CD, Album) Pure Pop For Now People FOR07 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
FOR 06 Hyperbubble - Dee Dee Rocks The Galaxy - Original Soundtrack By Hyperbubble album art Hyperbubble Dee Dee Rocks The Galaxy - Original Soundtrack By Hyperbubble(CD, Album) Pure Pop For Now People FOR 06 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
FOR08 Hyperbubble - Music To Color By album art Hyperbubble Music To Color By(CD, Album) Pure Pop For Now People FOR08 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
FCD002 Hyperbubble - Western Ware album art Hyperbubble Western Ware(CD, Album) Fellowshipwreck FCD002 US 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

S.O.S. 22 Hyperbubble - Minicar album art S/T, Hyperbubble S/T, Hyperbubble - Minicar(CDr, EP, Ltd) Save Our Sperms Records S.O.S. 22 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
Hyperbubble - EP Six album art ShiSho / Hyperbubble ShiSho / Hyperbubble - EP Six (EP) Filthy Little Angels, Filthy Little Angels UK 2007 Sell This Version
Little 022, little022 Hyperbubble - Synesthesia album art Hyperbubble Synesthesia(6xFile, MP3, EP, 128) Filthy Little Angels, Filthy Little Angels Little 022, little022 UK 2008
Little 050, little050 Hyperbubble - Rollerboogie Babydoll album art Hyperbubble Rollerboogie Babydoll(5xFile, MP3, EP, 128) Filthy Little Angels, Filthy Little Angels Little 050, little050 UK 2009
BGUM01 Hyperbubble - Better Set Your Phasers To Stun album art Hyperbubble Better Set Your Phasers To Stun(CD, Maxi) Bubblegum Records (3) BGUM01 UK 2009 Sell This Version
FOR03 Hyperbubble - Hyperbubble + Manda Rin album art Hyperbubble + Manda Rin Hyperbubble + Manda Rin - Hyperbubble + Manda Rin(CD, EP) Pure Pop For Now People FOR03 US 2013 Sell This Version
UBR19 Hyperbubble - Better Set Your Phasers To Stun - The Next Generation album art Hyperbubble Featuring Helen Love Hyperbubble Featuring Helen Love - Better Set Your Phasers To Stun - The Next Generation(CDr, Single, Ltd, Num) Socket Sounds UBR19 US 2014 Sell This Version

Compilations

FOR10 Hyperbubble - Pretty Plastic album art Hyperbubble Pretty Plastic(CD, Album, Comp) Pure Pop For Now People FOR10 Germany 2017 Sell This Version