Hhoogg — Earthling, Go Home!
(Bandcamp no#, 2019, CD / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-06-20
Who or what is a Hhoogg? Is it an alien or the sound of a stuttering pig? There is a dearth of information about them, but neither answer is true. Hhoogg is an improvisational quartet of aliens from Boston, MA with only Facebook and Bandcamp pages. What we do know is that Yig Narub (synths), Xtina Porcupine (bass), Gregg Perry (guitar), and Tom the Ninth Universe (drums) entered the studio with no pre-conceived notion of what they were going to do, and set about to lay down improvised jams much like early Amon Düül II, Cosmic Couriers, and newer bands like Camera and the Øresund Space Collective. This material is now available on their third album Earthling, Go Home! The album opens with another Porky Pig inspired title, “Ccoossmmooss,” a cosmic Krautrock space jam with hypnotic guitar riffs and relentless fuzzed bass that also recalls Carlton Melton. The remaining tracks have imaginative song titles: “Rustic Alien Living,” “Journey to the Dying Place,” “Star Wizard, Headless and Awake,” “Eaten on the Frontier,” “Recalled to the Pyramids,” and “Infinitely Gone.” These guys have only been around since 2016, but they know how to lock in a groove and jam. Sometimes riffing off of garage rock and at others blues rock, but always soaring off into the far reaches of the cosmos, where no one has gone before. And I even detect a touch of Ralph Lundstsen’s 1972 masterpiece Nordisk Natursymfoni Nr1 Strömkarlen during the intro to “Infinitely Gone.” Given the age of the musicians, their intro may be purely coincidental as we all know there is nothing new under the sun. Be that as it may, Earthling, Go Home! will appeal to all lovers of improvised space rock.
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