Hooby and the Yabbit are a West Yorkshire based three piece, formed in 2016, playing a mix of Americana and blues rock. Fronted by Ian Hawkins, Hooby and the Yabbit offer a laid back listening experience, as demonstrated on their 2018 four track EP, Out of Time.
As they look to spread the word about the band, with the intention of picking up some more gigs and festival appearances – and in anticipation of the bands first full length album, which will hopefully arrive in 2020, we took some time to get to know the band as part of our “Introducing…” series.
What does the band name mean to you?
It’s about where I’m from really, family and things, but also it’s about an adventure, like Butch and the Sundance Kid sort of thing. Where did they go and what happened next…
Where is the band based?
West Yorkshire, UK
How long have you been together?
It’s been a solo project for a while, and we’ve been doing gigs on and off these last three years.
What style of music do you play?
A mixture of British R&B, with an injection of American boogie rock, and acoustica.
Give us the story of the bands formation.
So a cover band I was in were playing all sorts of things, like Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top, Steely Dan, blues and rock stuff. It morphed into a solo writing project that led to me releasing ‘Out of Time’ in 2018. A live version of Hooby and the Yabbit did some gigs at local festivals, blues clubs etc after that.
Tell us about your influences.
Well how long have we got! American artists such as ZZ Top, George T Thorogood, Boz Scaggs, Aerosmith, The Band, Creedenc Clearwater Revival …there’s songs by all these bands in our set. Also Hendrix /Cream/ Free, but I’m into contemporary stuff as well, though I don’t know if you can hear that in these recordings. We had a Prince song in the set for a while too.
Tell us about your latest release.
It’s a four track EP on download, CD or stream. It’s got blues, rock, groovy acoustic music and slide guitar. And a crazy instrumental at the end. It builds up, I think it’s a late night listen, but it works in the car as well. It’s vibey, lyrical, and strong.
Where is your music available?
The band’s music can be found on Bandcamp, ITunes, Spotify, and YouTube and all the rest.
What are your goals for the bands future?
Get out play some gigs, solo and with the band. Get another release out this year. I’d love to add a horn section to it as well, I love that in a rock band
If you could share the stage with any other band or artist, who would you chose?
Girls Aloud. I am doing the drums.
What can you tell us about your live shows?
It’s all about having a good time. Have a few drinks and a dance, go home smiling.
Do you have any upcoming gigs to promote?
Not yet but watch out – Yabbits Assemble !
What do you think sets you apart from other bands?
We come to play, first and foremost. It’s what we do.
Explain why you think a new listener should give your music a go.
It will make your hair grow long and turn purple, yeeeaaah !
What has been your biggest achievement as a band, so far?
Survival I think. Don’t underestimate it.
What else do you hope to achieve?
Play all over the world, sell records, and have a good time doing it. The same as everyone else I think, but someone’s got to do it, right?
Where can fans find you online?
Interview by Shayne McGowan.