A single release like this is no leap for a musician or person like PJ Sykes, who has been following the beat of his own drum for years now.
Hoax Hunters, a band based of out Richmond, is dropping a new EP before they go on hiatus. They are releasing three new tracks with the theme of “art matters”. This is a follow up to their single “Sad“, which was politically motivated after the election in 2016.
Hoax Hunter’s willingness to engage with political and cultural topics in a meaningful way while still retaining some artistic merit is atypical of Richmond’s DIY subcultures, and sets them apart from much of the local enclave.
The title may be “SAD!”, but the track is anything but that. It’s fast, in your face and comes from a place of anger and pent-up emotion. It drives with this sense of urgency and power.
15 years ago, armed with only a four track recorder and some low-end mics, PJ Sykes created what would become an archive of Central Virginia’s musical legacy, Cherub Records.
From the early days as an acoustic outfit through an experimental phase to a fully electric ensemble with multiple drummers, the band mirrored larger changes in Richmond’s scene.
a great reminder that punk music still has plenty of novel and interesting ideas, both musically and lyrically, to offer the world in 2015. It takes a special band to be able to provide such a succinct reminder and Hoax Hunters proves again why they’re just right for the job.
Earlier this year I was thinking of writing an article covering some bands whose best records(if any) were missing from the annals of Spotify and other streaming services. I was pleased when one of those wrongs had been righted by now being able to stream those classic Wipers records. I spent a lot of time this year listening to those songs, as well as all time favorites like Minutemen and Husker Du. Hoax Hunters plays to that type wonderfully. This 7-track EP will scratch an itch that you might not have realized you had for sincere 80s Punk Rock.
we’re excited about this band, and you should be too. It’s honest, it’s angry, it’s keeping ️Punk alive and it has no gimmicks. ‘Clickbait‘ is one of the strongest follow-up EPs we’ve heard this year and, honestly, it’s 110% worth your time and your money. You need to pay attention to Hoax Hunters.
The centerpiece is the raging and breathless title track, a fiery and uptempo indictment — thick with guitar distortion and marked by Mr. Sykes’ incensed declamations — that arrives at a spine-tingling, hard stop like a freight train plowing straight into the side of a mountain. While the EP is uniformly strong, it isn’t all as ferocious.
Hoax Hunters win for the best album title this year. And the subsequent marketing of the record was hilarious as well (Which Hoax Hunters song are you? Find out here!). This band always finds a way to make loud, chaotic songs approachable and enjoyable for everyone. You won’t believe what Hoax Hunters is going to do next!
More hooks than a hook makers convention
I used to go here for eyebrows and loved them. I always receive a ton of compliments after coming here.
you will enjoy seeing Hoax Hunters absolutely burn the tune down as the tape rolls under the record head. The mini doc allows that Dambuilders weren’t as widely regarded as some of the current crop of reuniting acts, but we think the proof of their greatness is in the songs; excellent songs are excellent whether or not the teeming masses pay heed.
90’s band The Dambuilders had a number of successes and impacts - but it seems the biggest impact they made was on PJ Sykes of RVA’s own Hoax Hunters.There’s a pretty neat story in this cover of “Smooth Control” in the video below. Watch Sykes and friends explain how the cover, featuring Grammy Nominated local songwriter Anousheh and Marty Key (Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Teargas Rock), came to be. You’ll also learn a bit more about Hoax Hunters as a Richmond band.Hoax Hunters have successfully re-crafted a 90’s classic in this cover; you can really feel the flannel drip off this bad boy.
If you’ve checked out our podcast earlier this year with PJ Sykes then you’d already know that he’s an ambitious guy. How ambitious? Try making a mini-documentary about covering one of your favorite artists’ songs just a few months after releasing the stellar LP Comfort & Safety ambitious.
defenitely understand the importance of taking your time, and more importantly, the general desire for disorder and chaos within a world so fixated on getting from point A to point B. It doesn’t only get the job done, it fucking destroys it.
Superchunk fans who like fast mid 80s American punk? Sign me up. And the record starts exactly right. Hoax Hunters is sloppy old punk that reminds me of the first few Replacement releases, or perhaps early Buzzcocks.
Beautifully scuzzed out sound of 90s indie meets DC hardcore punk is addictive and balanced perfectly by the production (showcased brilliantly in the powerhouse track Erase at the end of the record if you still need any pointers).
You asked for it, you got it — we are now posting our Top 10 section from the current issue of Maximum Rocknroll! Here are our picks from the December 2015 issue, MRR #379. Buy it now!!
If SST Records still existed, Hoax Hunters would be the leading act, but since that is not possible, Negative Fun has a great release here.
Debut long-player has created an expansive, divergent set of punk-worshipping monoliths, each tune shaping an American post-hardcore lineage into formalized and nostalgic architectural shapes. The electrifying new set, Comfort & Safety, firmly establishes the trio as a noisy, squalling force, one that is both more informed and more nubile than many of its peers.
At its core Comfort & Safety is a punk record, with propulsive energy and a rhythmic engine fueled by acrobatic drumming and menacing bass lines.
Songs get longer and more interesting as the record goes on, peaking with next to last track “Six/Five.
It’s refreshing to see a newer band put out a straight up punk record nowadays that hasn’t been watered down, leaving the ‘punk’ part there only in sentiment. Punk is very much alive. Who’d have thought?
They play rock as if the world was going to end in four minutes or less and when it doesn’t, they rock it out again.
Massive-sounding, pulverizing noise-punk in Husker Du/Drive Like Jehu vein.
Giving the opening song on your debut album the same title as your band name is bold. You’re basically declaring that song as your mission statement, your whole aesthetic captured in one track. Luckily, Hoax Hunters’ “Hoax Hunters” is enough to get the job done — it’s a quick blast of magnetic thrash punk, as charming as it is loud.
Comfort & Safety é um álbum para você ouvir no conforto e segurança de sua casa (sem a intenção do trocadilho, claro), com uma luz apagada e tomando um gole de whiskey sem gelo. Se o disco de estréia da banda já mostra esse enorme potencial, imagine o que está por vir ainda.
KT has covered the entire Joy Division album “Unknown Pleasures” for a special Halloween release. A limited edition cassette (25 copies) will be dropped off in random places around Richmond on Halloween. Follow Cherub Records on Twitter and Facebook for location hints.
I want to show you exactly what I mean, so I cleared off my coffee table, disassembled the split 7-inch that was released on RSD by Hoax Hunters and The Snowy Owls, and took pictures of each of its components. I want you to see the kind of stuff you’re missing out on by living your musical life solely in the digital realm…
SO - Perfectly in line with a late ‘90s shoegaze, the Lilys inspired early sound from A Brief History…Strong melodic lines that are solidly catchy pop while being thick in the fuzzy sonic department.HH- Off the mic, almost hardcore inspired vocal that’s slightly distorted reminding me of Screaming Trees with that essential pop aesthetic but powering through huge chords and gunning for the finish.
HH - It’s a bit of an old school rock jam in the sense that you’re not gonna hear much like it in 2013. The vox are well worn and feel very open-air, with a very live sound.SO - It kind of puts me in mind of a summer day with a full on drizzle, muggy and humid as hell.
menacing fuzz guitar with a punky, caffeinated punch, bursting at the seams with throbbing bass lines and blown-out vocals for a tight and explosive two minutes. It’s a bit more unhinged compared to the Snowy Owls side of the 7″, who play with some extra atmosphere for a dreamier (but still fuzzy) sound.
Bailey’s experiences have given his pop-folk sound a haunted edge, a brooding thing that’s balanced by The Humans’ lightness of touch on the instruments.
Bailey seems to be channeling Tom Waits, circa 1980’s REM and the man in black himself, Johnny Cash. Call him a genius, call him a dreamer of dreams…
Americana roots rock with eclectic pop twists. Their songs are sweeping with many different pieces woven in for extra delight.