River Hooks teams with The Brazilian Gentleman to form Dear Hughes!

December 4, 2020 by Chris Grosso

Photographer - Ed Marshall Photography NYC

Dear Hughes is a three-piece band based in Harlem, NYC. Referencing

John Hughes, the band channels the playful sensitivity of his films and

much of the music associated with them. Dear Hughes delivers a level of

sweetness, sensitivity, and heartbreak that’s most often associated with

singer/songwriters into a world of upbeat pop/dance music. River Hooks

(vocals, guitar), Christian Alexander (vocals, keyboards), and Merc Yes

(production, keyboards) simply bring the spirit of classic 80’s synth-pop

songwriting into the current landscape of current EDM/pop music.

Their first single, due to be released on December 4th by Internet & Weed

Recordings, “Diamond Heart” will leave you wishing to fall in love for the

first time all over again. Full of hooks and synths, but absolutely dance floor

ready, “Diamond Heart” encompasses everything that this group wears on

its sleeve. Not unlike The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” or Rihanna’s “We

Found Love,” they channel that era in music in a way that the listener

doesn’t need a familiarity to appreciate. It’s introspective and equally


“Diamond Heart” fell into place one night in the studio and moments later,

River Hooks named the group. “We’re basically a love letter to John

Hughes” says Hooks as Alexander added, “and all of the sweet melodrama

that goes along with his movies.” The song feels like part club banger, part

heartbreak song, wrapped up in glossy innocent optimism. “It’s okay to cry

on the dance floor sometimes” adds Merc. Although this is a debut for the

group, all three have been active in other entities.

Stream “Diamond Heart” HERE!


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Chris Grosso is a writer, public speaker, mental health youth group facilitator, and author with Simon & Schuster. He also writes for Revolver Magazine, Fangoria, and has spoken at a bunch of fancy-schmancy festivals and conferences (as well as even more events that were significantly less than fancy-schmancy). Chris's podcast, The Indie Spiritualist, is hosted on Ram Dass's Be Here Now Network.