Few bands have such an eclectic, crazy sound as Hogchoker, the Shanghai-based 4-piece with Simon Jackson (vocals, sax), Tom Brodie (bass), Matt Saunders (guitar), and Zee (drums). You can describe their style as theatrical, funky world punk, always socially aware and played with full dedication. On February 22, 2022 at 22:22 their new full-length 2222 went live on the streaming services, which should contain 22 tracks but turned out to be 26 (not really unexpected, because in our Gimme 5 feature they also exceeded the usual 5 choices ;)). It’s a concept album, featuring songs for people – poets, nurses, wrestlers and murderers – who would be 100, 200 or 300 this year. Good idea, well executed. Moreover, on a song level this release is much more unambiguous and classic in structure than before, which will make it more enjoyable for most listeners (the versatility is certainly reflected in the entire project, because ska, dub, punk, klezmer, jazz, EDM, salsa, and even ballads all come by). This is 112 minutes of fascinating, surprising music, in which everyone should be able to find something to their taste. History has never been so much fun.
2222 is out digitally (name your price). Add to wantlist: Bandcamp