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I don’t review too many singles here on The Rock Father, and it’s probably for the simple fact that there aren’t a lot of bands that still release physical singles. For the California trio known as THE HIPWADERS, it’s fitting that they do, as their music recalls better days for the music industry – a time when bands would crank out fresh music on a regular basis, serving it up regularly on 7-inch, 45rpm vinyl available only at the neighborhood record store. It’s a very 1960s business model.

hipwaders cottonReleased this week, “Gaia She Knows” B/w “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” arrives just in-time for Easter 2013 and the official, calendar start of the Spring Season. The three-track CD/digital single includes two versions of “Gaia She Knows” (one is an extended mix) along with a rockabilly re-do of the hippity-hoppity classic made famous by Gene Autry way back in 1950. Both songs are fantastic, with “Gaia” being an ode to Mother Earth and being respectful to our environment. The people at the Earth Day Network should love it.

As with all releases from THE HIPWADERS, this one features top-notch production on the sonic end, with cover art once again provided by Brian Clarke.  I’ve been spinning THE HIPWADERS’ 2011 album THE GOLDEN STATE quite a bit here at Rock Father HQ, and if you don’t have it yet – definitely pick it up. It’s a great pop-rock record that happens to be filed under “Kindie.”

“Gaia She Knows” B/w “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” is available now on iTunes (or on CD at shows)
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The Rock Father Rating: 4/5 Stars

FTC Disclosure: A copy of this single was provided to The Rock Father for the purpose of review consideration. All opinions are that of James Zahn with input from his children. He still thinks disclosures on music reviews are silly.

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