Based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, The Hypsys are an eclectic trio of highly skilled and driven musicians. Formed in early 2007 from members of other local bands, they immediately began writing music they refer to as "progressive-jazz-rock-fusion-soul-funk." In a short time, they have garnered a reputation for being a very original act. Guitarist and vocalist Bo Hembree, along with bassist David Ray, are studying jazz at the University of Alabama. This influence shows in their originals and in some of their versions of jazz standards that can be heard at their shows. Drummer Paul Oliver is also a music major at the University of Alabama, where he has studied extensively in classical and jazz percussion. This kind of intense study has helped the Hypsys create a truly unique sound.