Thee Hobo Gobbelins 2012 Album Fundraiser!
Greetings, humans! We, Thee Hobo Gobbelins, are emerging from our caves to record our first album of original material in nearly 4 years. If you know about us already, you can appreciate how excited we are, and how hard we are working on making this the best Hobo Gobbelins album EVER.
If you don't know about us, read on:
The 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, The Hobo Gobbelins have been based out of 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 release of their 2009 effort Deep Ones and rabid Internet play, the 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, delighting audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
While we are rich in imagination, we have very little of this money you humans carry around. It seems to have some value to studio engineers and record-pressing factories.
So we are asking for $3,500, which we expect to cover recording and duplication costs for our new album!
Every little bit helps, of course, and we are very grateful for every contribution. Even at the smallest level, we want to show our appreciation. If you contribute more, you will of course recieve the prizes from all previous donation levels as well.
What's so great about Thee Hobo Gobbelins?
We have been an integral part of a growing culture here in Oakland and beyond, one which takes seemingly disparate elements from the past and present, from folklore, fiction and fact, and stitches them together in a delightfully ramshackle patchwork. We are simultaneously very silly people and very serious artists, living on the margins of decent human society so that we can get a clearer look at it.
We do not pretend to live in the past, nor in make-believe worlds. But we recognize that Progress has marched right over a few things worth saving. And make-believe worlds give us plenty to consider as we navigate this one. That is, after all, what they are there for.
With our songs, we create an organic tapestry out of space time, a junk shop of the multiverse, for you to pick through and take home what you find most interesting. And while you're here, take off your coat. Have a sip of whiskey. Sing along! Dance with a stranger!
We hope you enjoy our recordings and our live show. We want you to learn our songs and play them around a campfire, perhaps teaching your version to someone else. This is how we create folklore, and how we build new societies from the crumbling ruin of the old one. Help us!