Hobosexual – Monolith (Kitchenable Records)Thursday, 2nd November 2017
Falling into that ‘is it metal’ category, Hobosexual themselves probably aren’t too concerned about the implications. They are too busy pushing out catchy and fuzzy riffs that transcend the metal/rock line. They combine many things on Monolith, but the end result always seems to be the same – you’ll end up with a smile on your face, whether you want to have it or not.
So many names, time zones, and categories tend to pop up across Monolith. There are some mainstays that filter through each track, but even as you cross between the opener, “Trans Am Sunday,” and make your way into “Monsterbater,” you’ll get it. “Trans Am Sunday” hits those stoner doom vibes pretty hard in the guitar region, but instead of dooming it up, they manage to conjure up more of a party vibe. While it may seem strange at first, it sets in further as you go through “Monsterbater,” where some classic rock and a “Led Zeppelin meets AC/DC” feel sets in. The gates are blown open already by this point, so the band continues to reach out in varied directions across sludge, stoner, grunge, psychedelia, and blues before you hit the closer “Sunset Adieu.” Some special credit should go to the song “VHS or Sharon Stone,” which lovingly crams in so many ‘80s and pop culture references in the lyrics that you can’t help but grin. The one point of contention for some might be the vocals, which feel more rockin’ than metallic, but they do provide a more unique counterpoint to the stoner riffing of a song like “The Grey Mountain.”
Those unafraid to bust out a boogie should find Hobosexual to be a bit of a refreshing take on the stoner vibes. The ‘go for a bit of everything’ vibe may take a few spins, but the overall fun factor will make sure that you keep returning for more helpings.