How did the band come together? Were you all friends that went to school? or?
HOC started in earnest early 2009. Chris and Rick had played in other bands together and are from the area. I met Chris through a mutual friend a started recording things with him in 2008. I am transplant to this fair city and originally from New England. Phil our drummer is from Indianapolis, Indiana and we met him through his other band we had played with.
I could best describe our sound as loud indie rock. But there are so many sub-categories of genres these days im sure someone wiser could break it down a bit further.
Do you all create music full time or is this more of a part time venture?
We all have day jobs. Some more flexible than others. Two of us are married, and I have a 3 year old so we try and get everyone schedules to mesh in order to practice, write and tour.
How do you create your music? What is the song writing process?
I write the lyrics and the basic structure of the song and everyone else writes their own parts, it is a very democratic process. Which is to say slow and ham stringed by special interests.
Our goals for music are pretty simple. We try and make music that is fun for us to play and listen to. The bonus is that it appeals to some folks other than the 4 of us.
What advice would you give to local acts trying to make it?
The only advice I would pass on to newer bands is try to look like you are enjoying what you are doing on stage. Ive been to so many shows, and especially indie rock shows, where the band looks like they are enduring water torture while on stage. Always remember that people paid to see you, so entertain a crowd and it will be easier for them to dig your music. How am I supposed to enjoy the very thing makes you look like your passing a kidney stone?
Have you all toured nationally? Or do you usually stay more regionally?
Touring we try to keep to about 5 days at a time. Try and do regional tours, so midwest one time, east coast another time.
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