Thee Hobo Gobbelins' Oddities and Entities may well be the perfect Halloween album. Every song tells a weird scary story to a folk rock, spooky-night-at-a-barn-dance, hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time that leaves one a little bit creeped out. It's as if gypsy punk and bluegrass had a baby, and the contradictions are a delicious mix of complex lyrics rife with symbolism, and an easy-to-dance-to beat. This album compels the need to sing-along as they warn of changelings, ghost pirates, ghouls, secret portals, goblin beasts, entrails, roadkill and, of course, zombies in creepy voices not heard since the likes of Vincent Price. Touring the Southeast and mid-South all month as they make their way West to the San Francisco Bay Area for a blow-out Halloween finale, Thee Hobo Gobbelins is a must-see show/Halloween party with great music in venues that inspire intimate settings.
Catching up with the band before their tour begins this week, they revealed to me the mysteries of the secret world they inhabit in the off-season.