Hellfolk Noir & Hectic Hobo Friday 9/21 $5
Fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Ward, Hillfolk Noir’s peculiar take on traditional acoustic mountain music is filtered through a half-century of folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll and fed by an affinity for medicine show culture and Depression-era string-band blues. The band calls it Junkerdash, which has multiple definitions up to and including “psychedelic swamp-shack rags.” However, if you’re looking for something neat and tidy to place in print or casual conversation, feel free to use current music-journalism parlance and call it “indie folk.
Based on the old vagabond and gypsy styles, inspired by rusty cans, laceless leather boots, steel mill strikes, the disparity between the classes, the fear of being alone and the fear of being with someone, the crap people absorb from tv, and the fun that everyone wants to have but doesn’t dare, Hectic Hobo comes blaring out of the boxcar singing songs about mischief, trapdoors, hitchhiking, spicy Mexican dishes and spicier Mexican muchachas. Their live shows quickly engage audiences of all size, sucking crowds into the performance and not letting them go until the last cymbal has crashed and someone throws water in their face.