“I don’t think creating music can be considered a choice. We all do music because we have to, not because we want to. Music is all encompassing. When it’s in you, you gotta let it out.”
That’s Twon, lead singer of rock band Hoodless, talking about what gets the band out of bed in the morning.
Welcome to their world, where insubordination and quirkiness is the norm and there’s no tolerance for the boring or the mundane. Hoodless’ music can only be described as aggressive, subversive, guitar driven rock...
“Our list of heroes and favorites is really quite a long one: From Prince to Mr. Bungle, Johnny Cash to Tony Williams, Brahms to Dimebag, Zeppelin to Kevin Gilbert,” explains B Lee, bass player. “I think the most interesting part is that the band itself is one unique voice. Not too heavy, not too light, not too serious, not too whimsical, but at the same time not watered down or washed out. We definitely draw on our individual influences but it’s hard to pick out definitive one to one relationships after the music goes though the Hoodless filter.
The first incarnation Hoodless previously had their video “Don’t Waste My Time” featured on HBO and had a solid relationship with Andy Hilfiger Entertainment. When things got too hot and heavy, their original singer exploded (you’ll have to ask them how) and quite frankly, they thought it was the end.
Hoodless finally began to search for a new front man. Scanning the country for talent, they set up an exhausting regimen of ‘American Idol’ like auditions. Things were looking grim; nobody seemed to fit.
Then, Twon appeared in musical form from the interwebs and they just had to have him. Since that fateful day, the new unit has worked tirelessly for a year and a half on the new record, “Music for Jerks”. Working with Grammy-award winning engineer, Geoff Sanoff (Fountains of Wayne, Green Day) and producer/mastering engineer Joe Lambert (Animal Collective, Black Label Society); the band is preparing to self-release 10 tracks on September 28.
Twon grew up in rural Wisconsin. During trying times with drugs and juvenile hall, he always had music and sports as his vices. He was recruited out of high school to be a big-ten quarterback but during a mountain biking trip out west, he had a horrible accident. The after-effects of that would change him forever. Football was no longer an option but his love for music remained. He moved to New York with his band, NYC Crack Team, and continued his musical pursuits as a bass player, singer, and producer with other outfits like M-lab and Audiocracy.
Speaking of the new and improved Hoodless, Twon explains, “We want people to get whatever they can out of our music. We already get it. Music is completely subjective. We try not to have the audacity to tell someone what he or she should be hearing. Art is art.”
Band founder, B Lee continues, “I’d say we’re a progressive throw-back rock and roll band. We lay a thick groove with a lot of riffs, and let Twon make it sound pretty or evil. Lyrically, we definitely hit a lot of ‘touchy’ subjects, if you can decipher them. We try to make you think about it. Read between the lines. Not the everyday ‘lost-love’, ‘lost-soul’, ‘we party’, ‘kill ‘em all’, topics.”
The band plans to tour extensively in the fall and hopefully into 2011. “First and foremost, we don’t suck,” Twon continues. “It’s incredible to travel around to venues all around the country and see all the mediocrity that some bands think is acceptable to present to the public. We work hard to make music and to produce a live show that is powerful and entertaining. Something that makes you want to sit down and listen, but at the same time, makes you want to stand up and shout. We’re also not plagued by the ‘studio magic’ syndrome. 99% of what you hear on our recordings is what you’ll hear live, but even better!”
“We definitely hang around and tell our life’s war stories together.” Says Twon. “It seems, however, that all conversations come back to great musical achievements in our individual lives. The first big meeting with a label, opening for the Chili Peppers, opening for Pantera, to playing under the stars at Lincoln Center. We’ve all had our moments in the sun…this time we’re doin’ it together.”
“We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” Twon confides. “Our music, on the other hand? Like a heart attack…”
Twon – Vocals
Finn – Guitar
Paul Alan – Guitar
B Lee – Bass, Vocals
Carter – Drums