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A brief history of Hydrogyn

Jun. 07, 2008 @ 10:40 PM

Here's a look at the rock history of the band Hydrogyn

2003 -- Veteran Tri-State guitarists Jeff Westlake and Jeff Boggs teamed up to form a new band Hydrogyn in September 2003. Country vocalist Julie Westlake joins the band as the lead vocalist.

2004 -- Hydrogyn gets an endorsement with Pepsi, and releases a full-length album called "Best Served with Volume." The band also shoots videos for two of its songs, "The Sands" and "Breaking Me Down."

2004 -- The band records a single called "Vesper's Song" to accompany Tony C. Caputo's graphic novel "VESPERS." The book tells the story of a super-powered rock starlet who starts a 12-step group for fellow superheroes. The song will be featured on a soundtrack to be included with the next printing of "VESPERS."

2005 -- Julie and the band is featured on ElectricBasement.com, one of the most popular metal sites, in her own section called "Julie's Jolts."

2005 -- Pepsi, who not only sponsored the fledgling outfit but hoisted them in front of tens of thousands strong at NASCAR (Chevy Rocking 400 in May 2005).

2005 -- The band catches the ear of Nashville-based metal master Michael Wagener (Metallica, Motley Crue, Megadeth, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper) and comes to Ashland's Thunder Bay Studio in July for pre-production work with the band on its CD, "Bombshell."

2005 -- The band records and spends time with Wagener's Double Trouble Productions and his WireWorld Studio to record their CD, and to help Wagener during his recording workshops.

2005 -- Hydrogyn is featured on X-Fest's Loud and Local stage on Sept. 17, at Harris Riverfront Park.

2006 -- Hydrogyn released "Bombshell," on Chavis Records/DA Records on Sept. 27, 2006 and by the winter had sold more than 8,000 copies in Europe.

2006 -- Lead singer Julie Westlake hits the cover of several European music magazines, including Fireworks, Strutter and Flash.

2006 -- "Bombshell," dropped onto three of the Billboard charts at No. 3 on the Top Heatseekers Chart (Northeast); No. 19 on the Top Internet Albums Chart; and No. 46 on the Top Heatseekers Chart.

2007 -- Hydrogyn goes to Europe for a couple tours, including a November stint of 15 dates in 19 days that included sold-out shows in Italy.

2007 -- The band begins recording a new CD with Jeff Westlake producing and with engineer Steve Riley at Smash Hits Studio in Huntington.

2008 -- The band signs on with the UK-based label DR2, an imprint of Demolition Records for a three CD deal. The first CD, "Deadly Passions," will come out June 10 in the United States and June 23 worldwide.