Hailing from Fort Collins, Wasteland Hop plays a unique brand of Folk/Rock/Hip-Hop. The Coloradoan calls them “a striking back-and-forth between soulful lead vocalist Steph Jay and MC Mickey Kenny.” Wasteland Hop has played with Flobots, Air Dubai, Zion I, Talib Kweli, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Wasteland Hop will be traveling to SXSW for the second consecutive year to play The Colorado Music Party on 3/20/2015. They kicked off the new year with a two week tour of Alaska and the release of the “Symbiotic Clock EP”. The EP can be purchased through iTunes and Amazon.
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Wasteland Hop is currently booking shows for 2015.
Who are Wasteland Hop?
Mixing influences from The Roots to The Black Keys, Fort Collins indie hip-hop band Wasteland Hop’s songs are a striking back-and-forth between soulful lead vocalist Steph Jay and MC Mickey Kenny, who shatters the divide between rap and poetry. The band blends Kenny’s insightful lyrics with high energy, funk-fueled beats, very much in the same vein as Colorado hip-hop artists Flobots.
Hear them live: at their Upcoming Shows
Their Debut EP, “Mother Acre”
Review in Scene Magazine Review:
Dystopia’s at the Doorstep * * * *
by Conor Hooley
“The fate of the six-song disc ultimately falls to frontman MC Mickey Kenny, who resides somewhere between Sage Francis and Saul Williams on the spectrum of poet/rapper hybrids. Impressively, his lyrical acumen proves to be worthy of all of the EP’s angsty ambition, and, though there are truly too many standout lines to list, “Oceans to Eyes” is a good enough starting point for those interested.”
the (r)evolution is here * * * * *
excellent, progressive, insightful, and a challenge to the social, environmental, personal, and spiritual status quo. This probing EP explores themes most so called “artists” don’t dare approach. highly recommended for anyone seeking something with substance, artistic integrity, and of course sick beats, beautiful vocals, and dynamic word-play that expands on the foundations laid by the likes of eminem, benefit, aesop, etc. one of the best contributions to the music scene in years.
Mickey Kenny is a beard-clad poet pursuing a master’s degree at Colorado State University. Before forming Wasteland Hop in January 2011, Mickey was an MC for Collaboscope – a progressive hip-hop project in his native Alaska.
Mickey doesn’t use the microphone to boast, battle, or write club jams. His lyrics owe as much to the culture of slam poetry as they do to rap.
Steph Jay is a sun-streaked songstress and native of Loveland, Colorado. Before becoming Wasteland Hop’s lead singer, she performed for years as a solo artist – earning applause and dropping jaws with her intense folk songs and unforgettable voice.
Then there’s the band: Brian (bass), Adam (drums), and Nick (electric guitar) – who provide the rock, the groove, and the funk. In December 2012, Wasteland Hop added it’s first new member: the classically trained violinist Liz.
They’ve been lucky enough to record and perform with an eclectic batch of local musicians, including Alana Rolfe (viola, Fierce Bad Rabbit), Kira Lynn Sands (cello, Talisker Skye), and Josh Stevens (classical guitar).
Press / Booking Contact:
Send Wasteland Hop an email:
WastelandHop (at) Gmail.com
Members of Wasteland Hop are available for telephone interview by request.