Bad Hoo

Ferocious, wild, unhinged, if someone could just discover a way to use rock and roll as an energy source, Bad Hoo’s name would be stamped on every lamp, television, and whatever other appliance that takes D batteries. To give you a better understanding of what the Bad Hoo can do to your ears, just picture yourself in a fit of roommate fury, throwing old vacuum cleaners off the back porch, it’s the kind of music playing in your head at that time.  Raging, but having fun fun fun! Bad Hoo spews out foundation trembling tunes, smearing the walls with garage distortion and psychedelic solos and breaks.  Their imprint on Victoria’s music scene is explicable through their high energy and savage desert tones; and they are pretty nice guys as well!

Their latest ep, Ha Ha Munny, a split album they recorded with The Scrunt Brothers, is a truly polished Bad Hoo sound. A bit like early Kings of Leon, and maybe a little shot of All Them Witches, Bad Hoo plays loud and with fierce tenacity. With volume turned to 11, lead guitarist Todd Newton often sets the tone for night, dishing out spoonfuls of tasty desert influenced guitar licks and solos. Still, David Oswald (vocals and guitar), manages to belt out his raspy message over the rest of the crew, all whilst slamming dirty power chords on his Dan Electro. And then there is Ben Ferrel, the tight knit family man who is not afraid to lay down the heavy notes on the bass, and does so while riding the high tempoed, silver tsunami flury of Mat Clarke; smashing the kit and singing vocals on some of Bad Hoo’s tracks.

Since their debut with Two Tin Cans and a Lollipop Bad Hoo’s footprint on the city has just been getting bigger and bigger. Their name is often heard in a sentence like “Hey, did you hear that cool new band, they sound like the best dream I ever had…” Or something along the lines of, “Oh golly, I wish I could just be in a jacuzzi with all those guys, they look like they give out good times for free...”After interviewing the band and talking to Ben in particular, the one idea they pushed was how fortunate they felt to be able to play in a city as vibrant as this. Ben describes Victoria as an ‘incubator’ for musicians, as the community is so open and welcoming to bands looking to gig, they are able to hone their skills and grow tighter as a collective. It’s going to be bands like Bad Hoo that help put Victoria on the map for its truly radical music scene, not because they are great musicians, no duh, but for their appreciation for their fellow collaborators, promoters and venue hosts. Keep doing what you are doing Bad Hoo, we love you for it!

Emily Sutherland