“I’ve been in dozens of bands and this is the most fun I have had in years,” Hobosexual’s drummer, Jeff Silva, told music journalist Travis Hay before recording Hobosexual II, ”The love we’ve been getting is addictive. It fuels the creativity and makes you want to keep pushing things in new directions… We’re looking forward to finding out where it goes from here.”
Since guitarist/vocalist Ben Harwood began the band in Seattle, Washington near the end of 2009, Hobosexual has been making the most of their local notoriety and having a hell of a great time. They sold out of the thousand-copy run of their self-titled debut CD (Hobosexual, 2010) before they’d toured more than an hour away from home and then recorded a live album at Seattle’s historic Columbia City Theater (Hobosexual: Live At The CCT, 2011), selling all two hundred cassette-only copies in a little over a month, all while they set the standard for other local rock duos with an uncompromising live sound that often sounds a hell of a lot more like a tastefully overdriven heavy metal quartet successfully attempting to drown out an exploding Boeing 747 engine.
“It's a sound with scurvy, a creaming of fuzzed amplification that builds and fans out. Way out. Think Thin Lizzie (sic) and Black Sabbath burning on a pyre of Lincoln Logs. It's a bloodletting of wattage with looping, chunked stacks of heaving guitars. If you're afraid of the rock, don't listen.” – Trent Moorman (The Stranger)
Now that Hobosexual has become a regular act at local music festivals (including the inaugural Timber Outdoor Music Festival in 2013 and Slack Fest – the raucous summer birthday celebration of KEXP-FM’s music director Don Yates – in 2012 and 2013), appeared on several local radio and TV broadcasts (notably KJR-FM’s Bob Rivers Morning Show, KEXP's Audioasis with Hannah Levin, and Art Zone with Nancy Guppy), and sold out of their first self-produced line of pre-packaged 3-3/4” action figures, the band is releasing their second studio record, Hobosexual II. It’s fair to say that risks have been taken in making this album louder and heavier than the swampy lo-fidelity blues of their first release.
“I'm always thinking of the not-too-distant future, and there's this astronaut who's on one of those oxygen tethers, and he gets to the point where the tube won't let him go any further. At risk to his life, he cuts the cord so he can go a few more feet out, maybe go somewhere no one else tried to go. Yeah, he may die, but he may learn something important through his decision to push the envelope. That and they'll probably just send one of those unmanned probes out to scoop his passed-out ass up and bring him back to the station. So why not go out on a limb? That's where I like to start.” - Ben Harwood