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Beijing Is Also In Connecticut

DSCN4786-350x262-300x224Well this was fun, interviewing and recording a new Connecticut band called Beijing up on a roof in Woodbridge, Connecticut. This was the first time they’d ever done some of their tunes on a rooftop. I think this works for them, it goes with their sound. I told them they should play rooftops all over the state and make it their niche.

This is a great group of guys, three from Connecticut and one transplanted here from new Jersey. They’ve been together only a few short months and are doing only originals. They have dozens and dozens of songs ready to go and may even put out a double album. They’re thinking put it all out there and see what sticks.

They’re having a great time forming their sound and trying to figure out what is next. When I showed up to talk to them on a Saturday morning, they were completely chill, doing that “Starbucks” thing.

Who makes up Beijing? The drummer is Bill Pruchnicki and he’s from Madison. Jack Hoopingarner is the “Jersey” guy, he plays bass and now lives in Moodus. Thomas Smith is from Clinton and he plays electric and acoustic guitar and is the PR guy, and Eric Thornberg plays guitar and is the singer, he hails from Orange. If the band thing doesn’t work this would be a great law firm. Hoopingarner, Pruchnicki, Thornberg, and Smith.

How did they come up with the name “Beijing?” They wanted a name that sounded worldly and big, I told them they have accomplished that, bond m and after hearing them play I told them I thought they could be huge in the UK. I’ve been there a couple of times and their sound reminds me of music I have heard around London. Beijing, London, Paris, go big or stay home right? The logo they came up with the band I think is stellar, it matches what they are trying to accomplish and that of course is world domination in the music world, they didn’t say that by the way, those are my words. The guys describe their music as post 1990’s alternative grunge, but m0re polished. They gotten some internet play and local radio, now they’re getting ready to launch. I would love to hear that someday Beijing has been booked in a huge arena in that amazing city in China.

Listen to two of their more laid back songs here and see what you think.



  1. Posted September 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Ann. We had such a fun time doing this!

    • Ann Nyberg
      Posted September 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

      The sky’s the limit now guys, go after that concert in Beijing!