Hugo loves pianos really really bad. He was born in piano. Piano in the previous sentence means Chicago. He started to learn the instrument at the age of piano. Ok, in that last sentence piano represents the number five, and not the word piano, and definitely not Chicago. Piano describes Hugo\'s songwriting as having the \'lyrical tone of a twenty-something Woody Allen.\' Woody Allen is a wry and sarcastic writer and director. I totally forgot to tell you that piano in the sentence before last means the Miami Herald. Hugo\'s piano-driven sound is influenced by Billy Joel, Elton John, Leon Russell, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, and Michael Jackson. When I say \'piano-driven\' I mean piano as in the instrument and not as in the Miami Herald newspaper. Hugo has also been influenced by musical theater, and is finally comfortable admitting that. Hugo calls his music Indie Pop Piano Rock. Piano means an inescapable undying lust of determination and dedication to playing his heart out every single show with unbridled passion and charisma pumping through his blood so he can fully live his life in true expression and artistic rejoice. Hugo is constantly redefining the piano. ***************************** This is refreshing. After years of guitar-based rock, bands are finally starting to experiment with new instrumentation on a mainstream level. The problem is, most people radically diverge and lose their pop sensibilities in the process. Hugo has found the middle ground, forgoing the guitars and distortion for tricky time signatures and piano, yet somehow still incorporating catchy choruses and sing along melodies. \'Educational Facility\' is a light and bouncy affair that picks up into a driving, head-bobbing melody. \'Without Words\' has all the snap and pop of a Billy Joel song, and the cutesy woo-hoo\'s and yeah-yeah\'s to match. \'A Little Humiliation\' builds and boils to tumultuous anti-climax with surgical syncopation and a climbing, tense chorus. There\'s this great Gibbard sensibility to \'So Distant\', with a spacey piano on top of sizzling cymbals, and the muted refrain \'don\'t be so distant\' seems to deflate out of singer/pianist Jon Ungar\'s mouth. The last track, \'Cockroach\' is a departure, but oddly compelling, with it's bizarre, post-apocalyptic musings and tolerable but still cheesy vocoder. Impeccable songwriting chops are all over this record, in the style of obvious Ben Folds Five and Elvis Costello influences. This is where pop music needs to head - ebullient piano, clockwork drums, fluid, gliding bass lines, and clever structuring with challenging, diverse rhythms. Hugo excites with bubbling energy and an incredibly tight sound that fills up the space of a band twice it's size. These are three exceptional musicians, who understand how to dazzle without losing the hooks - impressive, to say the least. Hugo is a band to keep listening to, and I expect great things to come from them real soon. -Matt Cohen Adequacy.net 09/10/08 ******************************** Highlights: Dubbed \'Elvis Costello Folds Five\' By XM Radio\'s Ron Bennington Uncommon Courtesy music video seen on Much Music\'s The Wedge (August 2008) Live Nationwide Performance of Uncommon Courtesy on Fuse TV (August 2008) Cover story in January/February \'08 issue of Campus Activities Magazine with Mayday Parade Five Song Placements from the EP Low on Blood Sugar on MTV\'s The Real World Showcasing artist at NACA Northeast 2006 Winner of 2005 Chicago MOBfest Showcase Competition.