Hoodless

Hoodless

 Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
BandRock

We play music for jerks.

Biography

“Now all that's left is the leaving/Baby, don't think I regret you, I just need a different muse/I'll say goodbye, cause I know that you do not have the strength/I know that I will get through this…” -“Down,” Hoodless

“I don’t think creating music can be considered a choice. We all do music because we have to, not because we want to. Music is all encompassing. When it’s in you, you gotta let it out.”

That’s Twon, lead singer of rock band Hoodless, talking about what gets the band out of bed in the morning.

Welcome to their world, where insubordination and quirkiness is the norm and there’s no tolerance for the boring or the mundane. Hoodless’ music can only be described as aggressive, subversive, guitar driven rock…

“Our list of heroes and favorites is really quite a long one: From Prince to Mr. Bungle, Johnny Cash to Tony Williams, Brahms to Dimebag, Zeppelin to Kevin Gilbert,” explains B Lee, bass player. “I think the most interesting part is that the band itself is one unique voice. Not too heavy, not too light, not too serious, not too whimsical, but at the same time not watered down or washed out. We definitely draw on our individual influences but it’s hard to pick out definitive one to one relationships after the music goes though the Hoodless filter.

The first incarnation Hoodless previously had their video “Don’t Waste My Time” featured on HBO and had a solid relationship with Andy Hilfiger Entertainment. When things got too hot and heavy, their original singer exploded (you’ll have to ask them how) and quite frankly, they thought it was the end.

Hoodless finally began to search for a new front man. Scanning the country for talent, they set up an exhausting regimen of ‘American Idol’ like auditions. Things were looking grim; nobody seemed to fit.

Then, Twon appeared in musical form from the interwebs and they just had to have him. Since that fateful day, the new unit has worked tirelessly for a year and a half on the new record, “Music for Jerks”. Working with Grammy-award winning engineer, Geoff Sanoff (Fountains of Wayne, Green Day) and producer/mastering engineer Joe Lambert (Animal Collective, Black Label Society); the band is preparing to self-release 10 tracks on September 28.

Twon grew up in rural Wisconsin. During trying times with drugs and juvenile hall, he always had music and sports as his vices. He was recruited out of high school to be a big-ten quarterback but during a mountain biking trip out west, he had a horrible accident. The after-effects of that would change him forever. Football was no longer an option but his love for music remained. He moved to New York with his band, NYC Crack Team, and continued his musical pursuits as a bass player, singer, and producer with other outfits like M-lab and Audiocracy.

Speaking of the new and improved Hoodless, Twon explains, “We want people to get whatever they can out of our music. We already get it. Music is completely subjective. We try not to have the audacity to tell someone what he or she should be hearing. Art is art.”

Band founder, B Lee continues, “I’d say we’re a progressive throw-back rock and roll band. We lay a thick groove with a lot of riffs, and let Twon make it sound pretty or evil. Lyrically, we definitely hit a lot of ‘touchy’ subjects, if you can decipher them. We try to make you think about it. Read between the lines. Not the everyday ‘lost-love’, ‘lost-soul’, ‘we party’, ‘kill ‘em all’, topics.”

The band plans to tour extensively in the fall and hopefully into 2011. “First and foremost, we don’t suck,” Twon continues. “It’s incredible to travel around to venues all around the country and see all the mediocrity that some bands think is acceptable to present to the public. We work hard to make music and to produce a live show that is powerful and entertaining. Something that makes you want to sit down and listen, but at the same time, makes you want to stand up and shout. We’re also not plagued by the ‘studi

Lyrics

Down

Written By: Hoodless

I tell you I hate all my verses
I told you I'd break all your curses
You say relax, all the good things will come to the ones who wait
I don't think I can feign patience
You want to be with me
I'll bring you...

(CHORUS)
Down to nothing
Down to hear me
Down to nothing
I have left you

Say all the lines that need saying
I'm not the one who needs fixing
You say come on, wait ‘til sunrise and you'll have a brand new day
I don't think I can get through this
You want to be with me
I'll bring you...

(CHORUS 2)
Down to nothing
Down to hear me
Down to nothing
Follow my voice

Now all that's left is the leaving
Baby, don't think I regret you
I just need a different muse
I'll say goodbye, cause I know that you do not have the strength
I know that I will get through this

(CHORUS 3)
Down to nothing
(I will bring you)
Down to hear me
(Follow my voice)
Down to nothing
(I will bring you)
I have left you

Say It Loud

Written By: Hoodless

She wakes up in a garden, she wakes up warm and dry
And everything she wants and needs is at her fingertips
In spite of this the way that she decides to start the day
Is by pissing on the ground that held her warm and dry

She will consume this garden, she'll face no consequence
There is nothing left and she is beyond any retribution
As far as she can see this all belongs to her
And what she wanted from the start was to have everything

(CHORUS)
No more need to worry
Now we look so young
Stay at home and get so high
It's all she wants you to say tonight

So say it loud

She wakes up in a wasteland, it doesn't matter where
It's like this everyplace and nothing that she does can save her
Now that she has lost the need to see beyond her cute accessories

(CHORUS)

She only wants a place to stay
It's gotta have good light and no rent to pay
If she has to settle for less than that
She'll go where drugs are cheap and the food will still get you fat

Say it loud
It's gonna be fine
It's all in your mind
We're all doin' it right go on and close your eyes
It's gonna be fine
Stay home and get high
We're all turnin' out right
Inhale and close your eyes

Everything will be just fine
As long as you just close your eyes, yes
Everything will be just fine
As long as you stay home and get so high
Get so high

She wants to get so high, go on and close your eyes...

Waiting

Written By: Hoodless

Hold you breath and wait, there's nothing like anticipation
Savor every second just before you hold your
Hands keep shaking, almost ready
Is this what you were expecting?

(CHORUS)
What have you learned from this
What happens when you
Wait so long that nothing ever
Lives up to what you wanted

Let it out, open your eyes, see what I brought you
Is it all you hoped for? Is it disappointing?
Nothing matches expectation
But your own anticipation

(CHORUS)

Discography

Hoodless - "Straight for the Open"
Hoodless - "Music for Jerks" released Sept. 28, 2010.

Medium to Heavy rotation on the following stations: (10/1/11)

WDHA-Cedar Knolls, NJ;WRAT-Belmar, NJ; WWHR-Bowling Green, KY; WIDB-Carbondale, IL; KFLI-Prescott, AZ; WAWL-Chattanooga, TN; WFHU-Henderson, TN; KURE-Ames, IA; KAMP-Tucson, AZ; WRGW-Washington, DC; WRRG-River Grove, IL; WRDP-Chicago, IL; WXVU-Villanova,PA; KRUX-LAS Cruces,NM; WLTL-LaGrange,IL; KSCL-Shreveport, LA; WLOY-Baltimore, MD; UTD-Richardson, TX; KWUR-St. Louis, MO; WMXM-Wake Forest, IL; KMNR – Rolla, MO; WTTU – Cookeville, TN; WIIT-Chicago, IL; KAFM-Grand Junction, CO; WIUX-Bloomington, IN; WRSE-Elmhurst, IL; KSLU-St. Louis, MO; WVUR-Valaparaiso, IN; WFCF-St. Augustine, FL; WMUC- College Park, MD; and WPPJ-Pittsburgh, PA ; WESN-Bloomington, IL; WZND – Normal, IL; KXUL – Monroe, LA; WNSU – Fort Lauderdale, FL; WQAC – Alma, MI; WDUB-Granville, OH; WGMU-Fairfax, VA; WMSC- Upper Montclair, NJ; WLUW – Chicago, IL; WMSR – Oxford, OH; WRST – Oshkosh, WI; WVAU – Washington, DC; WUIC – Chicago, IL; CJLO – Montral, PQ; KSDB – Manhattan, KS; KUOI – Moscow, ID; KWLC – Decorah, IA; WBGU – Bowling Green, OH; WXJM – Harrisonburg, VA; WMLU -Farmville, VA ;KLPI – Ruston, LA; WXIN-Providence, RI; WZMB-Greenville, NC; WMHW-Mt. Pleasant, MI, WRMC-Middlebury, VT; WSBU-St. Bonaventure, NY; WMHB-Waterville, ME; WNJR-Washington, PA; WPSC-Wayne, NJ; WTJU-Charlottesville, VA; WXAC-Reading, PA; WCFM-Williamstown, MA; WKKL-W. Barnstable, MA; WTHS-Holland, MI; WHRW-Binghamton, NY; WCCS-Norton, MA; KXCI-Tucson, AZ; WMLN-Milton, MA; WSYC-Shippensburg, PA; WODU-Norfolk, VA; WXLV-Schnecksville, PA; WSWI-Evansville, IA; WARY-Valhalla, NY; WXCU-Columbus, OH; WPTS-Pittsburgh, PA; WSIA- Staten Island, NY; WSGR-Port Huron, MI; WMCX-W. Long Branch, NJ; WCVM-Morrisville, NY; WCVF-Fredonia, NY; WCWP-Brookville, NY; WHRW-Binghamton, NY; WCCS- NORTON, MA; WSCA-Portsmouth, NH; WESS-E. Stroudsburg, PA; WCFM-Williamstown, MA; WKKL-W.Barnstable, MA; WERU-E. Orland, ME; WVFI-Notre Dame, IN; WMHD-Terre Haute, IN; WRBC-Lewiston, ME; WTHS-Holland, MI; WSBF-Clemson, SC; WNMC-Traverse City, MI; WDCE-Richmond, VA; WBOR-Brunswick, ME; WHSN-Bangor, ME; WUVT, Blacksburg, VA; WWUH-W. Hartford, CT; WKPS-University Park, Pa; RLC-Piscataway, NJ; WHUS-Storrs,CT; XTSR-Towson, MD; WBWC-Berea, OH; WDWN-Auburn, NY; WECI-Richmond, IN; WFWM-Frostburg, MD; WHFR-Dearborn, MI; WMUH-Allentown, PA; WLUR-Lexington, VA; WOUB-Athens, OH; WUAG- Greensboro, NC; WUMD-Dearborn, MI; WMVL-Purchase, NY; WGLS-Glassboro, NJ; WAKE-Winston/Salem, NC; WASU- Boone, NC; WRFS-Savannah, GA; RFC-Charlotte, NC; WUMM-Machias, ME….

Set List

Sets are typically 45 minutes in length and feature about 11-13 songs; but do have enough material to play up to 2 hours.