Hush Hush Commotion reunites for Dec. 23 show at 51st St. Speakeasy

Holiday homecomings are standard in the metro. Oklahoma City indie act Hush Hush Commotion is no exception. The group disbanded in 2011, and the 10:30 p.m. Friday show at 51st St. Speakeasy, 1114 NW 51st St., is its first performance since the split.

Hush Hush Commotion reunites for one night in what guitarist Andy Adamson described as “a cool callback” to the music they loved to perform and metro music fans loved to hear.

Hush Hush Commotion vocalist Scott Michael said the band never truly broke up.

“We all agreed that our approach to the music industry was doomed to fail,” Michael said. “We ultimately decided to pursue those options and most of the band moved to different parts of the country to do that.”

Adamson said the guys maintained their friendships in the wake of the split.

Over the past five years, the opportunity to play music together was rare, but creating music was something they all continued to enjoy and do when they did get together. That evolved into spending a weekend together at a recording studio in 2014; Adamson said they worked on new material that eventually morphed into Hush Hush’s latest release, “Keep Up.”

“You couldn’t have wiped the smiles off our faces that day,” said keyboardist and guitarist Chris Lusk. “It was a blast. Sure, it was also a total mess — we were sloppy and were probably pretty bad at playing music that day — but it was electric.”

The song came to fruition over the next year, and utilizing iPhone technology, the band brought the song to reality, spending a week recording in Nashville, Tennessee, where Adamson lives.

“This band was always a unique situation because everyone always says they’re in a band with their best friends,” Adamson said. “And as cheesy or corny as it is, that really was the case with us — no one in the band had animosity; we were always friends.”

He said the group wants to do a fun show without taking themselves too seriously. Adamson and Michael said the show is an opportunity for the band and fans to reconnect while they’re in town for the holidays.

Michael said they strategically chose the night before Christmas Eve because most people — the band and fans alike — would be home for the holidays.

“The mix of nostalgia and timing were too perfect,” Lusk said.

Hush Hush Commotion will perform most of their fan favorites and a few new songs. Adamson said listeners can expect the same sense of energy and fun that became the band’s trademark.

Forum opens the show 10 p.m. Friday. Hush Hush Commotion takes the stage around 10:45 p.m.

Print headline: Joyful noise, Hush Hush Commotion reunites bandmates and fans for a pre-Christmas show and a gift of new music.

Editor's note: The online version of this story was updated Dec. 21 to remove an errant comma from the online headline.

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