by Jeremie Fincher
When KZND announced that The Hoons were the Homegrown Artist of the Month for May, and I realized my own Portland trip would coincide with their last few days in the lovely PDX area. This, in turn, allowed me opportunity to interview these gentlemen. I dubbed the old article an 'update,' and hopefully, this will serve as a retroactive and comprehensive addition to my Band Blog series, highlighting our beloved Alaskan rock and roll band: The Hoons.
The Hoons' lineup has changed a few times over the years, but Howland and Bandersnatch met when employed together at a local Alaskan pizzeria. Kevin came along a few years later when the boys asked him to join. He was playing in a few different bands with the infamous Josh Olsen. Evan was the most recent to join, and was recruited from another Alaskan band The Riot. The first three had formed quite a bond before Evan joined, but he wasted no time at all completing the circuit, musically and personally.
The Hoons live in a small southwestern suburb of Portland called Aloha (pronounced differently than the Hawaiian salutation) in a gigantic nine-bedroom house. Sean and Jasmyn Howland, their two children, and extended family live in the main part of the beautiful abode, and Kevin, Evan, and Brandon all occupy the upper level living spaces. They have a quaint little practice room on the bottom floor of the house, and invited me to join them for their last practice before heading North. I literally caught Howland right before he left for the airport.
The guys played me four new tunes from the next album, which is already under construction: Vertigo, Patient Zero, Slow, and The City, and finished up with a fantastic run-through of their Michael Jackson cover “Billie Jean.” I was let in on an interesting little tidbit, too. The next album is conceptual, and it's inspired by the NPR show Radiolab. This sounds like a very interesting idea, to me, after reading the description of the show on Wikipedia.
The Hoons are returning to Alaska for three big shows at Chilkoot Charlie's, and also to make some money so they can continue focusing on the music while living in Portland. Brandon got a commercial fishing job and brought Wolhgemuth along for the boat ride. Sean has returned to his previously held employment as a concrete worker. Larrecou decided to take a summer-long semester of college. Their first show back in Alaska is the KZND Homegrown Artist of the Month CD Release Party. Tomorrow, June 2nd, The Hoons will play crowd favorites from 'Terra Incognito' alongside some of the new tunes. The Eternal Cowboys and Alaska ThunderFunk support, doors open at 7PM, music starts at 8PM.
I would venture to say The Hoons are still the most popular name in Alaskan rock. Go support Alaska's favorite rock band tomorrow night at Chilkoot Charlie's, and then again in July and August. Don't forget to buy a copy of my favorite Alaskan release to date: 'Terra Incognito.'
Jeremie plays bass guitar in Anchorage rock band Robots Helping Clones and is an Assistant Editor at Anchorage Night Out. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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