Thee Hobo Gobbelins

with Skyler Fell


Thee Hobo Gobbelins emerge from the pulsing art vortex of Oakland, Ca., the green-skinned child of punk rock, avant-garde performance art and hobo soul. Drawing on a dizzying array of influences, the band incorporates traditional sounds of Americana and the Old World with the horrors of modernity. Monsters from folklore and fiction wriggle alongside freight-train spirituals and drinking songs. The result is a disturbing haunted house for the ear, a nightmare carnival that is at turns goofy and murderous. Human audiences drink more, dance better, and writhe uncontrollably to goblin beatings- er, beats. Incidentally, audience is the goblin word for “food that screams”.

Since 2003, Thee Hobo Gobbelins have been performing in the San Francisco Bay Area, building up a devoted fan base that with each passing show increasingly resembles a ragtag army of monsters. The band’s vaudevillian theatrics are contagious, inviting audience participation and singalongs. Aided by word of mouth, the DIY releases of Deep Ones and  Oddities & Entities, and rabid Internet play, Thee Hobo Gobbelins have become cult favorites in the Bay Area’s artist communities and in the burgeoning circus underground. With their no-frills setup and flexibility, they have brought their controlled chaos to rock clubs, festivals, raves, demonstrations, and front porches. The Gobbelins have also taken to the road several times, most recently US tours in support of Oddities & Entities, their latest full-length release.

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