by John Tarpley
Formed in Fayetteville as an indie rock/jam fusion band and uprooted to Tennessee, Heypenny has remained a Nashville favorite since releasing the relentlessly catchy CopCar EP in 2009. But if you're out for even a shred of Nashville country twang, look elsewhere. This is pure, bright colored pop music in the vein of Of Montreal's cartoon-y rhythm or OK Go's inexplicably alluring marching band fetishism. In fact, these guys are known to crank out the jams while decked out in pastel showband suits and faux rabbit fur hats. Heypenny arrives fresh off the release of its long-delayed second album, "A Jillion Kicks," (streaming here) a textbook "grower" full of endearingly weird Beach Boys antics and some of the most ambitious, monstrous production to come from a Southern indie release in recent memory. The pop-warriors play with Bonnie Montgomery, the multi-talented songstress who offers up her melodic, Tennessee Three-style country shuffle to the night.
Check it out: "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (Beyonce cover, live @ Bonnarroo 2009)