The Captain is back! As always, we welcome him back into the Sleeping Village with outstretched arms and a worried grin. This time in the ol' wringer, the good Captain reviews...a ska album. Not our typical fare, but, like, there's skeletons + fire on the album cover, so that surely counts for something. - Ed.
Written by: Capt. Graves
A little known fact about me: I was in a ska band for eight years. I did this to fool everyone into thinking I was a fun loving human, and not the Decimator of Worlds. Hobo Chili are my family, and I'm glad to see they have released a new album--and that it's their best to date (well, maybe except the guitar playing).
Hobo Chili is known for their anthemic song writing, and they deliver in spades on Salt of the Earth. This funky, punky, ska-infused madness is surely an album you want to put in your repertoire.
Salt of the Earth kicks off with some driving bass and super tight horn hits. Layered instruments in a punk rock fueled frenzy. Then we get into a bit of a surf vibe, and Latin swing. Notably, the horn section is really shining on this album.
"Why You Gotta" is definitely my favorite track on this album. It's like riding a wooden roller coaster, and flying off the edge of your seat on every hill. The vocal filters are sweet, sounds like Steve is screaming through a bull horn.
The one thing I've always loved about this band is the driving bass and tight drums provided by Josh and Matt. So pump your first, raise a glass, and burn one down for your favorite Hobos. Salt of the Earth drops on May 26 as a self release. They have a music video and single dropping today for the song "Shortcut." Definitely give this one a listen--check it out below!
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