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Skinny Hobos - Gig Review: Skinny Hobos @ Valhalla, Wellington - 19/01/2019

22 Jan 2019 // A review by Tony McDonald

One of Wellington's last great venues was kicking out rock odour once more as the Skinny Hobos took to the stage. It's 10:45pm and the murky undertones of Valhalla were ringing out in the streets before I even entered the venue.

A blue neon haze lit the stage as Alex's signature bandana restrained the sweat from pouring into his eyes on this sticky night.

The dance floor was creaking at the seams as the tribal drumming and infectious guitar riffs kicked in.

This is my first time watching the Skinny Hobos and I was very surprised that the lack of a bass player wasn't obvious at all. I then saw Alex's pedal board and lost count after 10, wow!!

"It's all about the cow bell" as the words "You got to take your pills" screeched out. The power, passion and noise from just two people is mind blowing.

So hot and sweaty, lead singer Alex frees a fan and points it on himself as Texas pounded away undeterred although he did remove his shirt after the second song.

Some elderly female member of the audience in an embarrassing gypsy looking mermaid costume decided to throw herself onto the stage over the railway sleepers. Where are the bouncers, get her out!

The songs are great and you can instantly feel your body wanting to dance. Check them out when they are next in your town and if you haven't already tune in here.


Photo credit: Nichole June Productions

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Skinny Hobos

Skinny Hobos are a 2-piece Alternative Rock band from Auckland, New Zealand who make far more noise than any two people should!

The Hobos have quickly earned a reputation for being the hardest working band in town. In 2015, they played more shows than there were weeks in the year, as well as recording their debut album at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios with engineer Nick Poortman (Ekko Park, Jason Kerrison).

They finished off the year with a very successful co-headlined North Island tour with Wellington band Bakers Eddy, and they were also featured in the December/January issue of NZ Musician Magazine.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Skinny Hobos

Releases

Lucifer
Year: 2019
Type: EP
Skinny Hobos
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape

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