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Hobbs the Band at Caldera

The Sisters trio reflects a post-industrial style of music
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Hobbs the Band is, from left, drummer Kaleb Kelleher, frontman Hobbs Magaret and bassist Patrick Pearsall. Photo courtesy of Susana Cobo
 Posted: 2:00 AM January 02, 2014

Hobbs the Band is the reason Sisters in Central Oregon has a noise ordinance.

In 2012, the band, fronted by guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Hobbs Magaret, was invited to perform at the Sisters Folk Festival. Coordinators of the event had heard Magaret play solo but weren't prepared for his more raucous trio with bassist and backing vocalist Patrick Pearsall and drummer Kaleb Kelleher.

"A week later, the City Council passed the noise ordinance," Magaret says with a laugh.

If you go

Who: Hobbs the Band

When: 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3

Where: Caldera Tap House, 31 Water St., Ashland

Cover: $5

Call: 541-482-7468

Since then, the band has made its headquarters a 10,000-square-foot, retrofitted warehouse in part of Sisters' industrial park. The warehouse serves not only as the band's rehearsal space and recording studio but also is home to Magaret, Kelleher and a few others. Neighboring them, a giant mound of asphalt, extracted from the Hoodoo Ski Area parking lot, creates a jagged sound barrier between the band and the rest of the town.

The trio will present its original, improvisational, post-industrial blues and rock, as well as cover songs in complementary styles, at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Caldera Tap House, 31 Water St., Ashland. The cover is $5.

"We're taking the tradition of Hendrix and Stevie Ray (Vaughan) and kicking the can down the road," Magaret says. "Post-industrial is when less than 50 percent is from the manufacturing industry. Industrial music reflects the metallic, distorted sounds of larger presses. Post-industrial is a way to reflect that we are moving beyond the drone-worker mentality of the '50s through the '90s.

"It is a lifestyle that is more about personal and spiritual satisfaction rather than what you can produce for The Man. It's a celebration of a new way of life with less emphasis on making money and more emphasis on making memories."

Magaret describes his own songs as ambiguous and open to interpretation. In some cases, he closes his eyes and just lets the words come.

"One of my verses goes, 'Light, chemistry and b———. They the engine in my heart,' he says. "Light is about spiritual evolution. Chemistry is about the physical plane we live in, and b———, well, that's women. I only use (the word) b——— because it's way more edgy and fun to say than girls and women."

When the band isn't playing from Magaret's trinity of topics, it plays loose interpretations of songs by Vaughn, Hendrix, Roy Buchanan, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder and Buddy Guy.

However, only original material is featured on its self-titled debut album, released Nov. 8. The Source magazine listed the album as one of the Top 10 albums produced in Central Oregon.

The album was recorded from the band's warehouse, lending to a more "comfortable sound," according to Magaret.

"We were able to make our own coffee in our own coffee pot and drink it beforehand," he says. "We weren't on someone else's time, and we were totally relaxed."


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