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Dave Tsui - vocals & guitar
Trevor Wencl - drums
Kevin Stein - bass

HIJK is a modern art-pop indie rock trio from Oakland, CA. Their music consists of "hyper late 90’s-style rock, full of addictive hooks and complex riffs" - (The Bay Bridged). The band formed in 2007 & in August of that year, released their debut full-length album, "The Pen And The Letter". The album was met with positive reviews in the press and blogosphere. 

In early 2008, they created a campy DIY live action/stop-animation video for the song "Paper Boat" with their friend, producer, engineer, and film buff, Enrique Gonzalez Muller . Shortly thereafter, the video won the SF Bay Guardian independent film maker's contest and was put in rotation at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.

Over the following year, Dave & Trevor took a breather from shows to focus on other projects. Dave amassed a pile of songs & Trevor created FourFour - a company providing free websites to thousands of bands world-wide.  All the while, they continued writing and experimenting with drums, guitar & vocals. In the meantime, the cable channel, Myx TV, did a half hour special on the band for their accomplished indie music series, Visual Crunch.

In March of 2010, HIJK released RINR (Our Eye And Our Heart). Recorded in a garden yoga studio in Oakland, CA, the EP is nimble, natural and fun. While only 5 songs and just over 17 minutes, the EP travels far and wide in its variety and texture.

In the fall of 2011, Kevin Stein joined HIJK on bass. The new lineup immediately locked-in together.  Good music is brewing...

Folks we've shared the stage with: Generationals, Gardens & Villa, Sloan, Mother Mother, Straylight Run, Cloud Cult, Cold War Kids, Heavenly States, Birdmonster, Hard-Fi, Diamond Nights, White Rose Movement, Scissors For Lefty, The Velvet Teen, Sabrosa Purr, Cex, and Rainer Maria amongst others.