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Kentfield, California, United States

Kentfield, California, United States
Alternative Art Rock

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"OOH! The Indie Channel Interview"

OOH! Interview @ the Indie Band Channel
Posted on April 1, 2012 at 7:55 AM

01 - Artist Name & Location = OOH! From Marin County, California

02 - How did the project come into existence? = OOH! came into being as an idea M. Hodge had about not being in one of the endless stream of rock bands that rehash old styles or the stiff yuppie funk/soul groups that waste stage space in the Bay Area. Hodge grew up in The Bay Area and never really jived with the music scene so in 94 moved to New Orleans were he would record a body of work in a world class (NOISELAB)studio and play in various groups around town. Flash forward and Hodge is back in The Bay Area itching to play music out in front of people, uncompromising, new music. Connecting with an old compadre, Jayson Valencia- Percussionist, D.J., Producer and adding the skills of keyboardist/synthesist Hunter VS. who moved to the area from the east coast OOH! started to take shape. Live Rock N' Roll with electronics is a way to simply explain the sound of OOH!. Full electronic soundtracks with purely human emotion and soul interwove. In honor of the band M. Hodge finally released some of the material he recorded in New Orleans, naming the album OOH! As a band OOH! plays a great deal of that album at live shows as well as newer collective compositions. Look for new releases in 2012.

03 - Who are the members of the band if any and please tell us about it? = M. Hodge: Vocals, Guitar

Jayson Valencia: Percussion, Drums

Hunter VS.: Live Synthesis

04 - How would you describe your sound/genre? = Futuristic Rock

05 - What formal training or previous experience do any of the members have? = We've all had some formal training in different areas, musically and technically but, we all hold degrees in street knowledge.

06 - Are you working w/ a producer on your upcoming album? = No

07 - Who would you say has been the biggest influence on the bands sound or that you have used as inspiration for your music? = Bowie

08 - What advice would you give to others starting out? = Be different but not just for the sake of being different. Be yourself and you will find your originality.

09 - Where can people go to learn more about you and hear your music? = http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ooh!/id420468058

10 - If you could play anywhere in the world or with anyone you wanted where and who would it be with? = Austin. ZZ TOP.

11 - What has been your greatest experience so far either individually or as a whole? = Carlos Santana watching us through the window and knowing he wished he jammed with us and not "the run of the mill" blues band down the street that night.

12 - Do you have any upcoming events or news you would like to tell our readers about? = https://www.facebook.com/events/190474977717817/

13 - Where do you see yourselves or hope to be in about 5 years? = Recording? Touring, Playing
- aj&dbs Corporation


"Press Play: M. Hodge's 'OOH!'"

M. Hodge

"OOH!"

M. Hodge, aka Matthew Hodge, recorded this eclectic nine song CD in a New Orleans studio that was later destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Apparently, Hodge was going to record more songs, or polish these, but didn't get the chance. So maybe that's why this promising disc has an unfinished feel to it, as if the hurricane hit before this album could get where it was going.

It opens interestingly enough with the funky, New Orleans-flavored "It's All on You," a song with a definite Crescent City vibe. After that, it becomes a gumbo of styles — metal, new wave, electronica, noise, techno, you name it.

Hodge, an Air Force brat who moved to Marin in 1985

Audio: M. Hodge - It's All On You

and attended Novato High School, and bassist David Reynolds played various instruments on most tracks, many of which seem inordinately weighed down by electronic beats and synthesizers.

According to Hodge, who plays guitar, bass and drums, there were thousands of records around the studio. And they must have spun a lot of "Magical Mystery Tour"-era Beatles for inspiration, because Hodge songs like "Mr. Statistic" and "If Dogs Have Wings" have an undeniable late-'60s Beatles influence and edge to them. Which is not a bad thing, but only as a starting point for a musician to develop a sound of his own.

Hodge has been playing around the Bay Area with a band he's calling OOH! It will be worth the wait to hear what he does next. - Copyright © 2011. Marin Independent Journal. MediaNews Group. All Rights Reserved.


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OOH! The utmost of originality in sound and style. M. Hodge, Hunter Vs.,Bob Humbug, and Jason Hildebrand. If Marin County had a Bart Station, you could get your ticket loaded by them. Underground Rock 'n Roll is what these guys purvey. Musically, everything they love personally, comes out collectively as they perform, playing original psychedelic Rock N' Roll music, with dashes of Funk, Metal, Industrial, and Electro. For roughly 3 years OOH! has played to folks in various places around their home turf and in San Francisco at the Great American Music Hall and The Boom Boom Room. Come to an OOH! show for a big sound and something completely new.

Press Play: M. Hodge's 'OOH!'
By Paul Liberatore
Marin Independent Journal
Posted: 08/05/2011 05:00:00 AM PDT

M. Hodge
"OOH!"

M. Hodge, aka Matthew Hodge, recorded this eclectic nine song CD in a New Orleans studio that was later destroyed by Hurricane Katrina?.

Apparently, Hodge was going to record more songs, or polish these, but didn't get the chance. So maybe that's why this promising disc has an unfinished feel to it, as if the hurricane hit before this album could get where it was going.
It opens interestingly enough with the funky, New Orleans-flavored "It's All on You," a song with a definite Crescent City vibe. After that, it becomes a gumbo of styles — metal, new wave, electronica, noise, techno, you name it.

Hodge, an Air Force brat who moved to Marin in 1985 and attended Novato High School, and bassist David Reynolds played various instruments on most tracks, many of which seem inordinately weighed down by electronic beats and synthesizers.

According to Hodge, who plays guitar, bass and drums, there were thousands of records around the studio. And they must have spun a lot of "Magical Mystery Tour?"-era Beatles for inspiration, because Hodge songs like "Mr. Statistic" and "If Dogs Have Wings" have an undeniable late-'60s Beatles influence and edge to them. Which is not a bad thing, but only as a starting point for a musician to develop a sound of his own.

Hodge has been playing around the Bay Area with a band he's calling OOH! It will be worth the wait to hear what he does next.

August 5, 2011
Paul Liberatore
Press Play
Marin Independent Journal