An Oakland band known as HIJK have been playing in and around the Bay Area since their early days as Hijack the Disco. Back in 2007, HIJK released The Pen and the Letter, an album full of hyper late 90’s-style rock, full of addictive hooks and complex riffs.

The band is now set to release RINR♥ (Our Eye and Our Heart), which will be celebrated via an official release show this Thursday, March 18 at Cafe du Nord (8 pm, $10, 21+). Fellow locals Love is Chemicals and Rademacher will open the evening’s festivities, which are also meant to celebrate the birthday of HIJK’s bass player (Karl Tupper).

[audio:] Love is Chemicals – “Our Darkest Days and Nights”

[audio:] Rademacher – “Believer”

In the meantime, you can get a taste of HIJK by listening to their 2007 Bay Bridged podcast, streaming the entirety of RINR♥ on the band’s website, and checking out the video for “Paper Boat” below (which has been featured at both the San Francisco De Young Museum and the Lago Film Festival in Italy).

HIJK – “Paper Boat”