Hogz in Dandyland

Hogz in Dandyland

 Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
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Oink! Oink! ...goose calls and occasional snorts!

Biography

***17th Annual Billboard World Song Contest - honorable mention for “Escher & Carrot Cake”***

Hogz in Dandyland is the moniker that multi-instrumentalist Brad Hogge goes by with his intriguing mix of dreamy ’80s acoustic pop and psychedelic ’60s folk. The debut album Across a Miracle is an eclectic mix of keyboards, diverse layered acoustic and electric guitars, and all manner of other country fried instrumentation from banjo to harmonica! Hogge (aided by Miguel Urbitztondo on drums) weaves almost ethereal layers of relaxed guitars and smooth country vocals which work to good effect. Psychedelic is an understatement for this beautifully constructed album that oozes neon melodies and originality. A skillfully played instrumental concept album with mystery-spun fantasy texts of the lonely pig Freddy and his intended bride, Betty, in an extraterrestrial world! 

The spirit of Syd Barrett floats in each case over the entire project. There are also bits of Jesus & Mary Chain, Elliot Smith, and Robyn Hitchcock (and, on “Whatever It May Be,” The Byrds), while Hogge’s pleasing, delicate voice sometimes recalls Bob Dylan. His lyrics read like the ponderings of a love struck poet, although the album’s “concept” is evidently about a lonely hog named Freddy finding happiness and fulfillment. On floating, mesmerizing songs such as “Depths of Emotional Intrusion” and the nine-minute title track, chances are you will too. 

Hogge’s style is never defined by influences, with broad-based pieces that uncover many opposing contrasts. Acoustic minimalism and wide screen opulence, loud and quiet, pop and idiosyncratic experiments - these are just some of the contrasts exhibited on Across a Miracle

“It can be mind-numbing at times to follow traditional songwriting guidelines,” Hogge says. “Instead, I try to embark on creating something interesting and challenging for listeners. But I’m also torn when I’m reminded of the importance of simplicity…that’s when I place the material in the hands of mixing engineers to sort through my ideas and assemble the audio puzzle!” 

Since the album's release, Hogge has produced videos for some of the songs on the record including the debut video for “Escher & Carrot Cake”, “Whatever It May Be” and soon to be released “Depths of Emotional Intrusion.” Hogge is also focusing on bringing some of his artwork to the stage as well, primarily utilizing line art, as seen in the album artwork, as well as new adventures into silk screen. Hogge plans for transferring his work to the printing press in the not too distant future so that prints (as well as original art) will become available to the public. 

Meanwhile, Hogz in Dandyland’s sophomore record, Dr. Grimm’s Parade, has been recorded, mixed and mastered. Hogge paired up again with Urbitztondo (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, Sparklehorse, Daniel Johnston) on drums at Richmond’s Sound of Music Studios, produced by John Morand.  Dr. Grimm’s Parade also features Richmond artists Bryan Walthall, Tina Marie, Toby Whitaker, Bob Miller, and JC Kuhl. The new record will be available in the Fall 2016.

Lyrics

Escher & Carrot Cake

Written By: Hogz in Dandyland

Tell me love, tell me, tell me love
Tell me baby that you won’t be leaving
For the first, I don’t have a thirst
‘Cause baby you’re the one I believe in

Tell me quick, baby tell me quick
You’re all I’m receiving
Tell me fast, baby tell me in a flash
You’re mine in keeping

Escher and carrot cake
Bull Branch valentine
Oils at the Pines House
Late night photo lab

Tell me, do you remember?
Tell me, tell me love

I was well on my way,
Passed the 1st light
Passed the 2nd
And across the bridge
Over the James
And I took the 3rd light
Then I turned right

Rivermont Avenue
Two-mile sigh
‘Til I snuck upon
The long brick wall

Hello!
Do you remember?

Mary’s garden
Drowsy Poet
Jazz Street gumbo
And cheesy wontons
Poplar Forest
Engagement tower
Magnolia and Percivals
Maier Museum of Art

I don’t have a thirst, for the first
Escher and carrot cake

Whatever It May Be

Written By: Hogz in Dandyland

Whatever it may be to swim the wishing well
Whatever it may be to fall into a life
I’m certain I have got a home, an inward spell
Just as the fable will fade the sun will break to tell

Whatever it may be to figure out this life
Whatever it may be to feel it’s worth a try
We’ll figure it out my love, signaled by the flight
You see, there’s an ending battle fooled by the night

Row on by
Row on by

Whatever it may be to surrender all your youth
Whatever it may be to linger not on your own
We’ll wash away the journey here to sing upon the day
A faithful feast of eternity, the inner faith

Whatever it may be to relinquish open arms
Whatever it may be to single-out my charms
The only place in time is the future to be held
If I were afraid of flying I wouldn’t have already been

We will always be,
Whatever it may be…

Depths of Emotional Intrusion

Written By: Hogz in Dandyland

Hey, have you heard?
There’s a twinkle in the eye of mine
And a sudden grin to spin

Hey, can you hear?
There’s an inner beating to steer
And how divine your chamber sphere

In this world of haloes
Penetrating depths of emotional intrusion
In this world of two
Penetrating depths of emotional intrusion

Hey, have you heard?
To peek inside the vent
The one to never intermit

Penetrating depths of emotional intrusion
Penetrating depths of emotional intrusion
Within the layer of me,
Within the air of you
Within the layer of me,
Within the air of you

This Whole Life

Written By: Hogz in Dandyland

This whole life
Tell my love
Kiss her life
Tell my love

This picture has been chained,
Burning my brain
Am I to lo?

Let’s buy the phrase
Better the phrase
Am I to love?
A final tune
I found you

This whole life
You’ve become
My whole world
You’ve met all

This is bound to grow
Love has been shown
Unto the lying down
Trust by the feather
Down by the river
The river shiver

This whole life
My whole world
Don’t be long
You’re my girl

Across a Miracle

Written By: Hogz in Dandyland

Across a miracle
Until I chose to fight the fright
“Will you be back for me again,
The way that it should be?”
You would say to me

Loving, will it come so hard again?
I believe in this one
The only one for me

My thoughts of a life to survive the sway
Forever, with a light upon my knee
Pictures of the way that I foresee
Factors, the light to funnel the key,
Of me again

Across a miracle
Across a miracle

Forward,
And I will not be the one to go,
Soon to settle low
Dreams,
There will be time to lie,
Against me

You found your phrase,
Before I was there alone
You’ll see it all again
Soon, the miracle
Soon, the miracle

Across a miracle
Across a miracle
Across a miracle
Across a miracle

Conscious Benevolence

Written By: Hogz in Dandyland

Do you remember the very day,
Our hearts no longer astray?
I couldn’t find a better love
My God, a new world!

Unspoken memoirs,
We’ve both been there before
Untimely being alone
Conscious benevolence

Are you walking my way?
Are you here to stay?
I’ve never been here before
Lovely lady, I will not go

My time was a bitter lull
I don’t want to live alone
Fasten me to the throne
Conscious benevolence

You walked into my life
Turned me upside-down
Mind boggling, equivocal
Fascinated by free will

Soft-spoken melodies
Surreal are the harmonies
Together we are free
Conscious benevolence

You walked into my life
Turned me upside-down
I’ve never been here before
My God, a new world!

Rebirth (Cage of Laughter)

Written By: Hogz in Dandyland

I can hardly stand not to see her face
I leave the windows down,
All night I toss and turn
Cradled from a burden,
Sent down from above
I feel the weight dissipate

Fueled by the cage of laughter
Recognizing humor
Am I reconciled?
Am I a benefactor?

Rebirth
Rebirth

Am I fooled by the laughter,
Fooled by disguise?
No?
No, no, no
Fueled by the cage of laughter!

Rebirth
Rebirth

Am I fooled by the laughter,
Fooled by disguise?
No?
No, no, no
Fueled by the cage of laughter!

Discography

Across a Miracle (2009)
1. Stale-Frown-Turned-Grin
2. Conscious Benevolence
3. Depths of Emotional Intrusion
4. This Whole Life
5. Escher & Carrot Cake
6. Whatever It May Be
7. The Earliest Fourteenth
8. Rebirth (Cage of Laughter)
9. Angelica Queen
10. Across a Miracle
11. Lil' Smidgen
12. Hogz in Dandyland

Set List

(in no particular order)

Stale-Frown-Turned-Grin
Conscious Benevolence
Depths of Emotional Intrusion
This Whole Life
Escher & Carrot Cake
Whatever It May Be
Rebirth (Cage of Laughter)
Angelica Queen
Across a Miracle
Lil' Smidgen
Hogz in Dandyland...