What Happened To The Hysterics?

A few years ago I was sitting in my apartment flipping through the channels on the television when I heard a wonderful noise. I stopped flipping, and realized I was on MTV. This was a surprise for many reasons, the biggest being they were actually talking about music on the channel that had turned its back on the form in favor of reality tv.

The band being discussed was a group of teenagers, kids really, out of Brooklyn that called themselves The Hysterics. The music was 60’s psychadalia all the way, and it was great. I couldn’t believe how amazing this band was, and they were only 15 and 16 year olds. Imagine the future these guys could have!

Well, imagine was all I could do. There were three songs released on a music blog (the first time I had really heard such a thing was possible) and I downloaded them immediately. “Mostly Untitled,” “Uptight Staircase,” and “You Tell Yourself It’s Easy” are the only songs I ever heard by the band.

In March of 2008 there was a full-length album released featuring 12 tracks. You can hear all of them on their MySpace page.

I was reminded of these guys because a lot of music I’ve been listening to is of the same ilk. The Beatles, The Animals, dozens of great bands from the 60’s inform bands like The Poison Control Center, Smith Westerns, The Redwalls. For whatever reason The Hysterics split up, and I feel it’s a great loss to all of us who were looking forward to hearing what came next.

After thinking about it, I googled lead singer Oliver Ignatius, and I’m happy to see that he’s still making music, now under the moniker Ghost Pal. Bass player Josh Barocas helps out on some tracks featured on Bandcamp, but not the other two members of The Hysterics.

If you enjoy this type of music, I recommend first checking out Hysterics proper, and then hitting up Bandcamp to hear some interesting work by Ignatius. This track in particular caught my ear. It’s a bit sad, but that John Lennon affectation in his voice gets me every time.


3 thoughts on “What Happened To The Hysterics?

  1. Hey there. this is Oliver Ignatius actually, thanks for the interest! what really happened to Hysterics was we were 15, and given a lot more attention than we could really handle at that point. we’d barely evolved as musicians, and the pressures from outside essentially tore apart the personal relationships inside the band, although we are all still friends. it’s actually a pretty long interesting and cautionary tale. i’m glad you like Ghost Pal, it’s the music i’ve wanted to make for a long time; actually Hysterics became a real hang up in a lot of ways, because the songs on our album were all written when i was 15 and they hung around my neck like an albatross since i didn’t feel like i could write them again. in retrospect, i just didn’t want to, they were too directly Beatles influenced and there were very different things i wanted to do. but it was a pretty intense time. again though i’m glad you like the stuff, and Ghost Pal is gonna keep upping music, the next track which is a satanic R&B stomper called “retribution” should be up by week’s end
    thanks again

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