THE CHECKERED HEARTS release their new EP ‘Joystick’
THE CHECKERED HEARTS release their new EP ‘Joystick’, out now on Chicanery Chick Records.
The highly anticipated EP JOYSTICK by Los Angeles-based duo THE CHECKERED HEARTS is out now via Chicanery Chick Records! It was preceded by a single and lyric video – a cover of The Cars classic, ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’ which was released in May. Pre-orders for JOYSTICK were buoyed by the first 100 CDs being hand-numbered and signed by The Checkered Hearts.
Hillary Burton and Lisa Mychols, who have many credits to their names, pride themselves on having a sound that is a mixture of explosive power pop and reminiscent of long-lost favourites of the 80’s and 90’s.
JOYSTICK is a collection of classic covers by The Cars, Housemartins, Phil Seymour, Kirsty MacColl, and The Knack. In addition, the release includes a bonus track – a special version of an original Lisa & Hillary song.
JOYSTICK Track List:
1. My Best Friend’s Girl (originally performed by The Cars)
2. Happy Hour (originally performed by Housemartins)
3. Precious to Me (originally performed by Phil Seymour)
4. They Don’t Know (originally performed by Kirsty Maccoll)
5. Good Girls Don’t (originally performed by The Knack)
6. Bonus Song: So Long, Maybe (The Checkered Hearts original)
Although Hillary & Lisa have a long history of writing and performing together, THE CHECKERED HEARTS came into existence in early 2021 and quickly gained a growing fan-base. These women managed to catch the ear of renowned Los Angeles-based DJ, Rodney Bingenheimer, who has played a number of songs by THE CHECKERED HEARTS on his SiriusXM radio program.
ABOUT THE CHECKERED HEARTS
Lisa and Hillary met in Junior High School and formed their first band before they could even drive. Years later, they formed the duo NUSHU, releasing two full-length critically-acclaimed power pop albums: Nevermind Lullabye (2007) and HULA (2010), as well as the yet-to-be-officially released JOYSTICK – a collection of some of their favourite cover songs by The Cars, The Knack, The Housemartins, Phil Seymour and Kirsty MacColl.
Lisa and Hillary both handle vocals and trade off on instruments covering drums, bass, guitars and keys – not to mention the occasional shaker. NUSHU have had their songs featured on 90210 (The CW Network), MTV’s The Real World, as well as a number of other cable network shows, and have a song on Rockband for Xbox360, among other credits.
Lisa Mychols is a singer-songwriter currently living in Long Beach, California. Her first solo album, Lost Winter’s Dream, a seasonally-themed masterpiece of 60’s-inspired pop, was recorded with the help of Darian Sahanaja and Nick Walusko (later of The Wondermints) in 1991 and had a limited release in Japan that year. (It was re-released in the U.S. in 2003 with additional tracks.) Lisa has released a number of solo albums including Sweet Sinsations (2004), InThis City (2005), Above, Beyond & In Between (2013) and Sugar (2018).
Lisa also has a number of band credits to her name as well, including The Masticators, Lisa Mychols 3, as well as current band The Seven and Six .
Hillary Burton is a Los Angeles-based musician who leads the alternative rock power trio, honeychain, who signed with Die Laughing Records/Golden Robots Records in 2020 and released their album POCKET FULL OF GOOD LUCK in July 2020. Prior releases include CRUSHED (2017) and FUTURA (2013). Hillary was also the most recent drummer for The Pandoras, having been asked to join by her friend (and producer of Honeychain’s first record, Kim Shattuck) in 2015. Following a 7-country tour of Europe in the Summer of 2015, The Pandoras released “Hey! It’s The Pandoras”, a 7-song album in October 2019. Hillary was asked to contribute vocals to the UK-based Atomic Suplex cover of “Really Stupid” (The Primitives), that can be found with the Neon Maniacs compilation (2017) on Girlsville/Nerve Centre Records.