Hey Hey Melodica
Originating from the outskirts of Indianapolis, the members of Hey Hey Melodica had known each other for years, playing in various bands, before forming a group together. This project represents the collective support for the guile folk/pop songwriting of Anthoney Scroggins. The band creates intricate song arrangements that boast rich textures from simple musical fragments and bare-bones instrument sounds.
In his younger years, Anthoney tried his hand as the guitarist for several punk bands, but was swayed into selling some of his electric guitar equipment for an acoustic guitar and started working on a new set of songs he could play in his city apartment. He caught the admiration of longtime friend David Petrison at a couple of local shows and they decided to get together to work on crafting a sound that included their admiration for artists like Elliott Smith, The Zombies, and The Beach Boys.
The group added longtime friend and recording engineer/producer Nate Sparks on bass and worked up a sound that was folky, somewhat sweet and somewhat sinister. The band played a few shows around the Indianapolis area and released an EP that caught the attention of some of the local outlets in Indianapolis, thanks to their unusual song structures and elastic melodies. NUVO Newsweekly named the group one of the top 20 “Best of Indy Bands”.
When Jeffrey Geesa, artist and concert percussionist, moved back to the city after a stint in New York City, the band recruited him on drums and released their second self-produced, self-recorded EP, entitled The Sinking Ship & the Landlocked Sailor, in August, 2009.