Band of the Day: Hooby and the Yabbit

And the prize for weirdest band name so far this year goes to…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Hi, this release from Hooby is more or less a solo project, and I am from Wakefield West York’s, a couple of my friends play on it here or there and they are local too.

How did you meet?

So see above really, though band members from my last live line up 16/17 were local musos I’ve know for a while.

How long have you been playing as a band?

The project has been going for a while, 10 years on and off, it’s just taken this long to get it finished. You know, work, life, children etc.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Hooby and the Yabbit are two of my daughter’s toys, named when she was very young.

What are your influences?

Musically all sorts, though I guess in terms of this release kind of ZZ Top, Creedence, George Thoroughgood, and maybe a bit of Hendrix/Hawkwind in the case of the last track “Freakout”.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

If you came to a gig ,which will hopefully be this year, you would hear a mix up of blues, blues rock, acoustic roots Americana, some covers…

Don’t know if that’s unique… we got blues, politics, sex, good times, and some weird shit! How’s that?

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Not really, just my life in general and being amongst everyone else’s lives you know? The things we all do, and how we cope with the world we live in. Wakefield itself can be quite inspiring…a few odd characters here you know and a slightly bonkers place to live.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

With this band just 6 or 7. I stopped as things were not quite as I wanted and the band had huge commitment issues.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

I have had a long standing relationship with US guitar man Adam Bomb whom I’m on tour with now – so anyone who knows him will immediately understand. Those who don’t look him up and then you will.

I remember Niels Loftgran and Was Not Was guitar player doing back flips onstage – not on same gig, Nik Turner with Hawkwind arriving on stage in a bin liner and psychedelic skateboard hat with his hair sticking through in a spike, so the audience rips bin liner off to reveal S and M style jock strap and nowt else…not wild though….I have seen a lot of ‘daft’ .. wildest band in terms of energy ? Probably The Fall. God bless.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

Trainspotting eh? Well, most of this release was done on what I call the wedding guitar, an Epiphone copy of a Les Paul gold top with the P 90 s y know? 250 bucks it was and worth every penny and more. Live I use a 1980 Les Paul standard and mex strat. Marshall 800 twin and what ever speakers I can find, beg, borrow or steal.

What are your plans for 2019?

Do some gigs which may be just solo acoustic, but maybe the band….finish the next release, and finish this tour without any  more interventions from the Swiss Police!

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

Support act – Jeremy Corbyn, because with our current media in the UK this is the only way to find out exactly what he is on about. Keep politics live, Yey!

Headliner Bill Hicks. What a night ! Then we all go down the pub.

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