The Skinny: New to most, indie-rock four-piece Hyetension, founded in the basement of front man Christopher Simon Kasbarian, have already garnered a strong following in their hometown of Springfield, Virginia. Having released three EPs and earned their local stripes with regular performances around the North Virginia area, the quartet are ready to get their music out into the world with the first single from their forthcoming EP.

Inspired by the rock greats and his own musical family (which includes his singer/songwriter father Zareh Kasbarian and his cousin, the legendary ‘King of Love Songs’, Paul Baghaddlian), Kasbarian, who is of Armenian descent, brings pure rock grit with an almost nostalgic vibe to the forefront of “New Regent.” The song is from their upcoming EP titled The Observer out August 14.

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.