20 Sep 2019
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Skinny Hobos - EP Review: Lucifer

17 Apr 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Two-piece NZ Rock sensation Skinny Hobos are back again with another epic offering in the form of a 6 track EP titled Lucifer. I am not sure if these guys ever sleep, consistently releasing top quality recordings of the most excellent kind.


The release of the Auckland based duos self-titled full length album in 2018, earned them a ‘Best Rock Artist’ nomination in last year’s Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. A well-deserved nomination if ever there was one. Relentlessly touring up and down the country over the last few years has ensured one and all get a chance to see them perform, spreading the Hobo magic profusely. That energetic determination keeps on going, with The Lucifer Tour, a 14 date nationwide tour which backs up the Hobos latest EP.

Every time I hear the Skinny Hobos, it always blows my mind there are only two of them creating powerful, gritty strong rock grooves. Lucifer is 24-minutes of Sam ‘Texas’ Holdom and Alex ‘Elvis’ Ferrier at their finest.

Big riffs, big drums and that cowbell still shine through on Lucifer. It’s big and bold and dynamic.

The opening track Noit Cud Ortni is no more than a prelude, but it sets the tone and creates a grungy, gnarly, distorted introduction to an extraordinary EP. It also made me feel like a beer. Go figure.

There is a nostalgic rock vibe which snakes its way through the tracks, only to end up fair and square at the final track of one of the best covers of Led Zeppelin’s The Immigrant Song I have heard. Now let that sink in. There are only two guys, drums, a guitar and some strong vocals, generating a full rock sound equivalent to a four dude band. This is an impressive achievement and an indication of just how far they will push the boundaries of being a duo.

I totally skipped ahead to the end of this EP in my excitement. Let me back up the bus and tell you how glorious The Internet sounds, how the brand new tracks Lucifer and Bastid, which were only written in the last few months, are beautifully textured tracks incorporating atmospheric rock with nods to slightly head banging influences of the past. Infused with the duos own organic and hard hitting sound.

These guys not only make magical rock together, but also complement each other with perfectly harmonic vocals as well. This is apparent on Lucifer .

You may want to sit back with a beverage and just let the six tracks sink in. Appreciate the big sound, before you throw yourself at the gloriously energetic, grungy rock goodness.

Skinny Hobos have cultivated a full and thumping sound. A tight production of a small but mighty EP.

Go and see them perform live; it is a mesmerizing and energetic experience and Lucifer is yet another outstanding body of work from the Skinny Hobos.

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

Other Reviews By Corinne Rutherford

Hypnumb - Single Review: Crooked Magic
17 Sep 2019 // by Corinne Rutherford
Christchurch four-piece blues rock band Hypnumb have released a gutsy new single entitled Crooked Magic. A strong grungy, bluesy classic rock number that is indeed magic.
Read More...
Iris - Single Review: Foresight
16 Sep 2019 // by Corinne Rutherford
Young singer/songwriter Iris originally from Napier is the dazzling new Kiwi pop star on the scene getting a lot of attention with her latest single release Foresight. Alongside her business partner Charles Lutman, Iris often co-produces her songs which she herself writes.
Read More...
Timothy Blackman - Album Review: Brightest Days
16 Sep 2019 // by Corinne Rutherford
Wellington recording artist Timothy Blackman (Home Alone Music) has released his first new album in eight years. Ten tracks of calm contemplation and personal reflection Brightest Days can be described as a Lo-fi Refreshing and honest LP.
Read More...
Bittercup - Single Review: Napkin
09 Sep 2019 // by Corinne Rutherford
I am a bit of a Punk Rock fan, so much so I went and joined a Post Punk band. I am not easily offended and pretty much reckon I have heard it all (or close to it), so I rubbed my hands in glee about New Plymouth band Bittercup's single release for Napkin.
Read More...
Abby Christo - Single Review: Body Language
02 Sep 2019 // by Corinne Rutherford
Since finishing seventh on The X Factor New Zealand in 2015, former Mae Valley girl and Singer-Songwriter Abby Christo has been busy establishing her own musical direction and identity. Her latest single release is Body Language, a catchy, emotional Country Pop song.
Read More...
Zane Nathan - Single Review: Somethings
26 Aug 2019 // by Corinne Rutherford
Malaysian born young New Zealand singer/songwriter Zane Nathan has just released his brand new original single, which is accompanied by a lyric video; Somethings. The song has a somewhat theatrical sound to it, which would not be out of place on a Disney musical soundtrack.
Read More...
Late Model European - Album Review: It’s Time
11 Aug 2019 // by Corinne Rutherford
Life-long best friends John Nelson and Tones Thorburn are a couple of Scottish guys who now live in New Zealand, One in Auckland, the other in Marlborough. Together they make up Late Model European, a band with a sound I would describe as Pop Rock mixed with Classic New Wave.
Read More...
Marina Bloom and Moving Stuff - Single Review: Lions Fighting In A Church
25 Jul 2019 // by Corinne Rutherford
Russian born Kiwi singer/songwriter Marina Bloom has just released her extraordinary new single with the impressive title Lions Fighting In A Church. Inspired by epic battles, fairy-tale endings and big love songs such as Bat Out Of Hell by Meatloaf , this is a dramatic and beautiful song which shoots a musical arrow straight to the heart.
Read More...
View All Articles By Corinne Rutherford

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • CIRCLES
    Post Malone
  • DANCE MONKEY
    Tones And I
  • SENORITA
    Shawn Mendes And Camila Cabello
  • GOODBYES
    Post Malone feat. Young Thug
  • CATCHING FEELINGS
    DRAX Project feat. Six60
  • BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
    Ed Sheeran feat. Khalid
  • RANSOM
    Lil Tecca
  • OLD TOWN ROAD (REMIX)
    Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
  • THE GREATEST
    Six60
  • KIA MAU KI T? ?KAIP? / DON'T FORGET YOUR ROOTS
    Six60
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem