Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 Washington D.C.
Hastings 3000 in Washington Post pictured protesting XL pipeline:
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013:
Hastings 3000 in Morning Sentinel, (Maine Today) protest for KXL:
February 18th, 2013 Washington D.C.
New York Magazine amongst rally in "Where's (Waldo) Hastings 3000 pic?"
Sunday, February 17th, 2013 Washington D.C.
Hastings 3000 pictured in Portland Press Herald protests against
Thursday, January 24th, 2013:
Hastings 3000 second full length album entitled, "Invasive Species",
the follow up to the debut album, "A New Monster", is in full motion as
eighteen demos of the songs are in review. The demos are being
systematically deconstructed and being blasted through the different
formats, space, and time. It is now moving faster and faster. In review,
we are noticing evolutions beyond. Keep checking back for outer space
updates and links to sneak previews.
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012:
The Hastings 3000 team sadly loses a dear part of the family. David Ng,
17, transitioned his existence on this earthly plane to the universe on
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012. We will always keep him close as
he helped bring the Hastings 3000 team to new levels. He was one of
the "Monsters", A.K.A "Henchman", who performed as on stage security,
road crew, pyro-technics, merchandising, production assistant, and did
a fantastic job doing them all. He is loved greatly and will be missed.
Pictured from left, David Ng, Hastings 3000, Spencer Young. Performing
at Cinema and Civics 2012. Below a picture from Best New Bands
Showcase with David and Spencer on stage at First Avenue,
January 25th, 2011.
April 24th, 2012:
Here is a link to the Hastings 3000 Interview and performance on PBS:
April 11th, 2012:
Hastings 3000 Appearances on PBS/TPT starting 6:00 pm APRIL 22ND, 2012:
Date Time Channel:
4/22/2012 6:00 PM TPT 2
4/22/2012 10:00 PM TPT Life
4/23/2012 4:00 AM TPT Life
4/23/2012 1:00 AM TPT SW MN
4/23/2012 7:00 AM TPT SW MN
4/23/2012 7:00 PM TPT SW MN
6/20/2012 7:00 PM TPT SW MN
The story and the full episode will also be posted on our companion
website www.mnoriginal.org. Visitors to the site will find additional
content, web exclusive videos, more background and links to
MN Original artists.
March 8th, 2012,
The song, "Modern Man", nominated for "Best Punk Song" by
Independent Music Awards International
For Immediate Release:
March 8, 2012 – More than 300 exceptional self-released and
independent label artists, as well as former major label acts
were named by Music Resource Group (MRG) today as Nominees
in The 11th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the
influential awards program for independent bands and fans.
The 11th IMA Nominees are an eclectic mix of established
artists and artists on the rise including Bruce Cockburn
(Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album), Ellis Marsalis (Concept Album
and Cover Song), Girl in a Coma (Indie/Alt. Rock Album and Song),
Larry Carlton (Tribute Album), April Verch (Americana Album and
Acoustic Song), Birdie Nam Nam (Dance/Electronica Album and
Short Form Music Video), Melissa Ferrick (Folk/Singer-Songwriter
Album andAcoustic Song), RuPaul (Social Action Song and Song
used in Film, TV, Gaming or Multimedia), and retro-rock
recording artist JD McPherson (Rock/Hard Rock Album).
Representing the broad spectrum of today’s global independent
music scene, the Nominees in over 70 Song, Album, Music Video
and Design categories were culled from thousands of submissions
from North America, South America,Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe.
Winners will be determined by a panel of 77 influential artist and
industry judges including Keith Richards, Tom Waitsand Kathleen
Brennan, Suzanne Vega, Joshua Redman, Tori Amos, Michael Franti,
Bettye LaVette, Del McCoury, Ozzy Osbourne, Shelby Lynne, Alan Light
(Live From The Artists Den), Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), Bill Bragin
(Lincoln Center), Sara Beesley (Joe’s Pub) Chris Diaz (Knitting Factory
Entertainment), and Evan Schlansky(American Songwriter) and will be
announced in April, 2012.
In addition to industry-determined Winners, music fans from around the
world have until Friday,July 20, 2012 to cast their votes at The IMA Vox
Pop Jukebox to determine the fan-selectedIMA Winners.
The Independent Music Award Winners will be promoted to nearly 1
Billion music fans worldwide.
Details and complete list of Nominees and Judges available at
Artistry Has Its Awards
Celebrating the democracy of creativity and meritocracy of talent,
The Independent Music Awards honor exceptional independent
artists traditionally ignored by mass media and big box retailers.
For the past 11 years, artists and labels from around the world have
found new fans and prominence through The Independent Music
Awards. Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular
industry networking database The Musician’s Atlas, and producers of
the webTV series, Grooveable Feast, The IMAs uses its unrivaled
access to performance, promotion & distribution opportunities to
connect Winners and Nominees to new audiences and revenue
Winners of The 11th IMAs will receive active promotions, distribution
and performance opportunities that will placethem in front of nearly
1 billion music fans. Artists, managers and labels credit The IMAs
with increasing recognition among music fans and industry gatekeepers.
More information is available at: www.TheIndependentMusicAwards.com
March 5th, 2012 Stills from the "Speed of light" Hastings 3000
DEBUT video shoot on location in Badlands, South Dakota
and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The video is in post production
and will be released tentatively fall of 2013.
Debut VIDEO is in final stages of production "SPEED OF LIGHT" from the
debut record, "A New Monster".Filmed on location in Badlands, The township
of Scenic, South Dakota and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
For a video preview keep checking back!
Wednesday April 20th, 2011
Best Of Award:
Best Rock Band - 2011 Hastings 3000
In an era of ultra-emotive, ultra-earnest indie rock, and in a town with a
history pocked by nostalgia and legacy, what does it really mean to
"rock" these days? Is it irreverence? Balls? An astute ability to break shit?
Lodged somewhere between the grittiness of the punk bands of yore and
the showiness of some of our flashiest pop acts lies Hastings 3000, a
one-man-fuck-all-band and the namesake of '60s garage-rock revivalist
Joe Hastings, whose other band, the Sex Rays, could just as well occupy
this space. But what really sets Hastings 3000 apart from other Twin Cities
rock bands is the way he has devoted himself completely to the project,
developing an image (an all-white suit, plus his trademark gas mask),
rehearsing an intricate stage show (complete with white spotlights and
dramatic entrances and exits), and catching a plane to win over fans in
Japan. The antics could fall flat or seem foolish in the wrong hands, but
Hastings has the guitar chops to back up the gimmick, and it's allowed
him to blossom into a serious—and seriously promising
MARCH 11TH, 2011 - HASTINGS 3000 featured in New York Times Article
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Hastings 3000 Live at SXSW 2011-
Published: March 23, 2011
A Studied Cool: Street Style at SXSW
By BEN SKLAR and JOSH VERDUZCO for The New York Times
The rest of the year, fashion in Austin can be post-collegiate casual, but during SXSW, people
turn it out.
TOM JACKSON & ELIZABETH BRISTOW/THE NEW YORK TIMES
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Published on 21 March 2011
Hastings 3000 of Minneapolis, Minn. performs on a street corner during
SXSW Friday, March 18, 2011 in Austin.
Photo: G.J. McCarthy/Staff Photographer
MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
By Tony Nelson, Special to the Star Tribune
Hastings 3000 (Joe Hastings) busked on a downtown corner as revelers
streamed out of clubs at 2 a.m.
Published March 18, 2011
Photo by Tony Nelson, March 19th 2011
JAPAN-Okinawa Stars and Stripes Magazine
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New monster rocks Okinawa
Submitted by Okinawa Editor on Tue, 2011-02-22 13:59
Hastings 3000 is a riveting one-man band that’s like a vision
of an apocalyptic future. He’s a Road Warrior-like artisan
strapping on a Gibson SG guitar and remnants of a busted drum kit
with a rock-godly talent to entertain the masses.
Lifting the cloud of mystery might spoil the fun, but in truth
this is the story of a young man by the name of Joe Hastings
and his first journey from Minneapolis, Minn., to the far reaches of
the Pacific Rim.
Unfortunately, Hastings 3000’s Japan tour was a short one.
Spending just a week in mainland Japan, Hastings was able
to play a full weekend in Okinawa performing at 7th Heaven
in Koza Feb. 11, Rehab International Bar in Naha Feb. 12,
and Beach Bar Coconut Moon in Onna Village on Feb. 13.
This is a powerhouse act of sound and vision. With his
self-described potpourri of garage-psychedelic-
surf-punk, Hastings drifts onto the stage blasting wireless
guitar riffs from afar like an alien arriving in brazen glory.
The audience is riveted by the spectacle and the tsunami
of percussion, guitar riffs, eerie sound samples and the
unearthly masked rock creature.
Hastings’ stark lyrics are delivered in an appropriately
naked and scruffy Tom Waits style.
“Hastings 3000 was unbelievably awesome, and you know
what else, he was a really nice guy,” notes
Rob Emerson of F.O.D., who shared the stage with him
at 7th Heaven.
Brought up on rock-roots legends Chuck Berry and Link Wray,
Hastings’ tastes also included the Velvet Underground,
The Ramones, and punk pioneers the Sex Pistols and their
guitarist Steve Jones, plus other famed axemen.
“The first time I ever heard Jimmy Page play guitar, I knew I
wanted to do something like that,” Hastings recalls. But guitar
is not all he plays. Hastings can boast the ability to play
47 different instruments, ranging from drums and percussion
to cello and even ukulele – and he can play up to 10
instruments at the same time live.
Hastings cut his teeth performing in the upper Mississippi
punk-blues underground movement of the late 1990s. During that
time he said he had the chance to sit in on gigs and learn from some
of the best, including the likes of Jonny Lang, R.L. Burnside, and
even share the stage Chuck Berry himself.
Hastings also fronted many different bands. While recording and
touring with many of the influentialartists he idolized, the demands
of keeping a working rock band together became too much for him.
The final straw occurred when, as had happened too many times
before, his drummer failed to show for a gig, he said.
Soon, Hastings 3000 was born.
While Hastings 3000 could be seen as his alter ego, he explained
that performing in punk leathers and a World War I-style gas mask
is intended to portray the path of mankind’s precarious present
“We are human critical,” he said, adding that current attitudes and
behavior toward life and the environment may someday make things
like gas masks a necessity. “The gas mask will become a
normal item of apparel and even fashionable.”
Hastings does plan a return to Okinawa, hoping to land a spot at this
year’s RocktoberFest in October. In the meantime, Hastings 3000’s
music can be found on sites such as iTunes and Amazon.com where
his new release “A New Monster” is for sale.
For details, check out <www.hastings3000.com>, or look up
Hastings 3000 on Facebook or <ReverbNation.com>.
Keep in the know of what’s going on around Okinawa in the Stripes
Okinawa Oki Live music section.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
January 21st, 2011-
By Jason Bracelin
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Posted: Jan. 21, 2011 | 12:00 a.m.
He's a one-man band who performs in a gas mask. But novelty isn't what
makes Hastings 3000 worth your time, it's his grittier-than-a-gravel-road
psychedelic blues stomp. Equally snide and socially aware, devolved and
dynamic, Hastings' grease-stained garage rock is as singular as
See Hastings 3000 at 10 p.m. today at the
Double Down Saloon,
4640 Paradise Road.
The show is free; call 791-5775.
BestNewBands.com Interviews Hastings 3000!
Thursday, 10 February 2011 09:37
BNBTV Spotlight: Hastings 3000, "Speed of Light"
Written by Claire Gallagher
Minneapolis does it again, this time responsible for the futuristic
one-man band Hastings 3000. I have to believe Joe Hastings,
the single man behind the act, has some impressively
ambidextrous brain capabilities--he plays the guitar while
operating his feet on separate kick-drums and singing at the
same time--all while sound pretty darn good. And if it's widely
believed and well known that loneliness leads to madness,
Hastings takes this madness and embraces it. He plays up
his image and sound with an imagined, almost insane,
overly-industrial-and-mechanized portrayal of the future
(he often wears a gas mask), so much to the point where
it's as if he is living in the future now, and the rest of us are
the crazy ones. Maybe he's right. Regardless, his sound is
ironically old-school, especially on "Speed of Light," with
Ramones-esque vocals and a gritty driving force behind his
tempo and song structure. Furthermore, his responses to the
interview questions are minimal, carefully chosen and totally
weird, which makes for a curious, strange, and hilarious
picture of this man in a different time.
Claire Gallagher: So who are you?
Joe Hastings: Joe Hastings is Hastings 3000, and my band
is as follows--Left foot (Snare, Hi-hat, tambourine) Right foot
(Kick Drum) Left hand (String manipulation-pedal pusher)
Right hand (Strummer and the leader of the band)
Head (Voice and screams)
CG: Cute. Where are you from?
JH: I was brought to this consciousness through Honolulu, Hi
CG: Did you grow up there?
JH: No, I did not grow up in Hawaii-I grew up in Minneapolis, MN.
CG: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
JH: Link Wray, The Ramones, Tiny Tim, Dick Dale,
Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits.
CG: Any influences besides music--people, art, literature, film, etc?
JH: Film: Stanley Kubrick (The Shining), David Lynch (Wild at Heart);
People: Dian Fossey, Maya Angelou; Literature: Emily Dickinson,
Mary Louise Alcott, Walt Whitman; Art: Rothko, Jenny Holzer
CG: Are there any particular eras or places or both that have
influenced your work?
JH: 50's B-grade horror movies have gotten me to love dissonance
and swirling theremins-"It Came From Outer Space", "Them" and
"Creature From the Black Lagoon"
and Picasso's blue period.
CG: Did growing up where you did influence your music at all?
JH: Being in Minneapolis, Prince's Purple Rain hit me hard--as I
remember hearing that he recorded all the instruments himself-
-and that gave me thoughts and energy.
CG: Do you feel a kinship with your hometown?
JH:I have a great love for Minneapolis.
CG: What bands do you think you sound like, if any?
JH: I think I sound like monsters at the beach.
CG: What bands have others told you you sound like?
JH: Tom Waits, Muddy Waters
CG: What bands would you like to sound like?
JH: Katy Perry, Cannibal Corpse
CG: What do you think you would be doing right now if
you weren’t a musician?
JH: Stock Broker
CG: What did you want to be when you were a kid?
JH: A buffalo
CG: Interesting. What has been a personal high and a personal
low about your musical career so far?
JH: Being able to play to a diverse audience around the world.
CG: Any particular moments of awesomeness or embarrassing
JH: Awesomeness: 7 minutes after I had received the master of
my debut album, A New Monster, I got a call to appear live on
CBS/WCCO radio and went in that night to perform.
Blunder: I come in from the street-ripping my guitar and get
behind my drum set about to start then I fall flat on my back and
knock over the Hi-hat!
CG: So what’s the story behind the name Hastings 3000?
JH: Hastings = Primordial connection to this earth, 3000 is the
connection to the universe and the future. The name came about
by melding the spirit with the host.
CG: What is next for you?
JH: Good things! I am on tour right now as I speak--Southwest
United States, Hawaii (Oahu), Japan and Okinawa. I'm also in a
3 piece band called the Sex Rays.
CG: As for your next project/sound, will you stick to your sound
now or will you experiment/take a new route at all?
JH: Moving forward is very becoming.
CG: If you do, do you think your fans will dig it?
JH: If humans dig it then my animals will not.
If you're looking for a modern take on a vintage sound, look no
further than Hastings 3000. Check out his album released in
October of 2010, A New Monster, and see where in the
world he's playing next here.
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Minneapolis Star Tribune, Best Album of 2010,"A New Monster",
Best Song of 2010, "Modern Man"
RADIO K and FIRST AVENUE VOTE HASTINGS 3000 as
one of the BEST NEW BANDS of 2010!
First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2010.Submitted by hallman on Tue, 12/28/2010 - 3:16pm
Join hosts David Campbell (89.3 The Current), Jason Nagel (Cities 97), and Andrew LaValle
(Radio K) on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 to be a part of a diverse, impressive group of
bands who have been getting much deserved attention. Come out and see some of the faces
who make this city's music scene as amazing as it is. Featuring BadNrad, BNLX, The Goondas,
Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords, Hastings 3000, Phantom Tails and Pink Mink.
Radio K Presents FIRST AVENUE'S BEST NEW BANDS OF 2010
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
First Avenue Mainroom
7:00 PM / 18+ / $7.00
"A New Monster" voted one of the top 77 album's of 2010
by Radio K 104.5 FM/770 AM!
www.radiok.org/ or please vote at www.radiok.org/top-77-voting/
DEBUT ALBUM, "A New Monster" Review by REVILER ( reviler.org)
Oct. 31st, 2010--Hastings 3000: A New Monster Review by Josh Keller
Hastings 3000, formerly of the critically lauded but underappreciated
garage rockers Fuck Knights, set out recently on a one-man- band
path. The first fruits of this creation are the scattered yet focused,
scuzzy yet catchy works of his debut album A New Monster,
which will fittingly see its release tonight (Halloween) with a
performance at Sauce in Uptown.
Starting out with the slashing riffs and pounding drums of “Modern Man,”
and continuing throughout the albums 12 song, 37 minute lifespan,
A New Monster is focused take on scuzzy punk/garage rock and roll.
The sound is tight, with the aesthetic on the lo-fi end. While the
functionality of a one man band may be questionable, at least on record
Hastings 3000 leaves little to be desired with his exciting, buzzsaw meets
pop sound. The tracks range from the poppy (former Radio K track of the
day and cover of a French classic “Ca Plane Pour Moi”)
to more grinding, industrial sounding sludge rock (“I’m Your Biggest Fan”)
to more dreamy, fuzzed out folk (“The Southern Sun”). Lots of the songs fall
remind me of Ty Segall, showing an artist who takes a blues/garage/pop
sound and boils it down to the bare minimum (literally, as both create
their soundscapes on their lonesome).
While one man bands often can seem like a gimmick, it doesn’t take
long for A New Monster to prove this is no laughing matter. From the clear
eyed pop of “Gold” to the demented noise of“Demuzi, The Wild Bull,”
Hastings 3000 find no genre untouchable and doesn’t allow the listener
any chance to become comfortable with one style. While the lack of
distinguishable focus could be seen as a negative, Hastings 3000
shows the talent needed to walk the genre tightrope. There are a lot of
narratives that could be painted around this album (spin off album from
well known local group, one man band, etc), but in the end it is just a damn
good album that mixes focus withfury and is a endless entertaining batch of
songs, which is something that should outshine any
storyline. -Josh Keller of Reviler
"A New Monster" Review from Radio K AM 770/104.5 FM-
Oct. 31st, 2010--HASTINGS 3000 A New Monster (Bareass Records) [Myspace]
Similar Artists: The Fresh and Onlys, Grinderman, The Bombay Sweets
Minneapolis's own one-man garage/surf/punk outfit Hastings 3000 keeps
the energy high on new album A New Monster, with driving riffs and
pulsing drums moving the songs forward. Keeping the guitars fuzzy and
the high energy vocals gritty, Hastings 3000 captures this one-man band's
frantic energy and keeps it hot til the end.