Hogbitch wallows in a fog-shrouded valley between the mountain forge of herculean riffslingers Black Sabbath and St. Vitus and the day-glow temple of psychedelic seers Hawkwind and Amon Duul II.
By turns heavy and ethereal, earthy and cosmic, doomy and driving, this San Antonio, Texas-bred band delivers adventurous heavy psychedelia that doesn’t sacrifice on bone-rattling aural overload.
Vocalist Suzy Bravo, whose pedigree includes both soul and punk outfits, imbues Hogbitch with a banshee wail equal parts Patti Smith and Jinx Dawson. Drummer Chip Alexander, bassist Patrick McManis and guitarist Sanford Allen — vets of storied underground acts Evil Mothers and Boxcar Satan — evoke both the former ensemble’s iron bite and the latter’s penchant for experimentation and raw blues.
Allen, the group’s principal lyricist, is a published horror and science fiction author, and the songs reflect his fascination with the darkly fantastic. Their imagery is a kaleidoscopic swirl of shadowy rituals, dying suns and interstellar insanity.
While Hogbitch rides on a wave of vintage-amp overdrive, this is no retro act. The band’s sonic wanderlust and convention-challenging song structures make its explorations of crime and space simultaneously tempestuous and trailblazing.
Hogbitch is already completing its first album and ready to unleash its sonic storm on live audiences.
Get ready, friends, to live high on the hog.