Band Crush: Hobosexual

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Sometimes you immediately fall in love with a band.

That’s what happened to me the first time I saw Hobosexual live. I remember it well (it was only six weeks ago) and I documented my reaction for Seattle Weekly’s Reverb music blog.

Here’s what I had to say about my new favorite local band:

Let’s get this out of the way, Hobosexual is a band that needs to be on your radar.

The duo of guitarist/vocalist Ben Harwood and drummer Jeff Silva showed a packed room inside a sweltering 2 Bit Saloon that they’re more than simply a clever name. Not quite metal, not quite garage rock, the group is just one hairy, sweaty mass of amplifiers, drums and guitar that exudes the essence of rock ‘n’ roll. The band’s raw and unpolished style is its secret weapon and it will leave you with your jaw on the floor. Rob Reiner didn’t know it at the time, but Hobosexual is the reason why Spinal Tap’s amps go to 11.

As you can tell, I fell pretty hard for Hobosexual and believe it or not I’m actually having a small bit of difficulty finding the right words to properly express how much I’m loving this band at the moment. So instead of me telling you how the band’s self-titled debut is one of the best rock records to come out of Seattle this year (FYI, you can only buy at Hobosexual shows) or how Hobosexual creates more sound with two people than most bands do with five, I’ll point you to the song “Van Candy.”

The final 62 seconds of the song (video posted above) is exactly why I love music and why I enjoy writing about music so much. It is an exciting, unpredictable jolt of rock ‘n’ roll and so is Hobosexual.

Hobosexual performs Friday at the Blue Moon as part of Matt Brown’s 40th birthday party. Also on the bill are We Wrote the Book on Connectors, Police Teeth and the TG Project. Cover is $5.

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Travis Hay

About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 13 years documenting and enjoying Seattle's diverse music scene. In 2009 he established Guerrilla Candy and is currently the site's editor and publisher. He has written for various media outlets including MSN Music, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, Crosscut.com and others and was the founder and former editor of the defunct music site Ear Candy.