Photo by Laura Kudritzki
Photo by Laura Kudritzki

Once known as Hijack the Disco, Oakland's HIJK release their debut full length album The Pen And The Letter this week with a party at the Rickshaw Stop on Thursday. We received a copy of the record a few weeks ago, and are pleased to report that it's an excellent and ambitious work.

Incorporating the dancey low-end of post punk as well as more traditional pop and indie rock sounds, the band has developed a unique sound both confident and catchy. While the pop elements keep things very hummable, many of the songs evolve signifcantly as they go. Several tracks on the album extend beyond the five minute mark, layered with complex melodic passages that unfold over repeated listens.

The band's CD release show is an excellent one, also featuring The Invisible Cities (who we featured here) and Show Me State, as well as the DJ stylings of Ted from Bagel Radio. The show starts at 8pm, is $8 and is all ages. You can hear some songs from The Pen And The Letter at HIJK's MySpace page and you're encouraged to pick the CD up at their web site or via iTunes.