Sunday , 28 November 2021

Hooked Like Helen


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, Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’) 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. Hooked Like Helen has entered 2020 with a fresh set of musical placements in the
wildly popular Netflix docu-series, Cheer. Nikki custom composed tracks for 9 scenes in 4 of the
6 episodes that aired in January and garnered tweets of approval from Reese Witherspoon,
Chrissy Teigen, Amy Schumer, Gabrielle Union, and many more. The band is no stranger to
scoring docs-series music; previously, Jon and Nikki had music placed on MTV’s Unlocking The
Truth and included in the show’s official Spotify playlist. Hooked Like Helen is now preparing a
new EP for release this summer and playing shows in L.A. and the Ohio area, with Jeff Martin
(Trevor Hall Band) joining them on drums. 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.


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