Thursday, October 13, 2016

Ho99o9 torches Milk District in Orlando debut (Spacebar)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 11:57 AM

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
click to enlarge Ho99o9 at Spacebar - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ho99o9 at Spacebar
Acts of true intrigue are rare. But New Jersey’s Ho99o9 are definitely one of them, and they’re rising up hard right now. The band have been dismissive of the Death Grips parallel but they bear more than a passing resemblance, and it’s not just some facile black thing either. It’s the lurid onslaught that channels pure punk essence and extreme modern noise into a sensory jihad. If anything, with their jones for horror themes and imagery, they’re more gripped by death than Death Grips even. And actually, Ho99o9 are less willfully arty, making the sum something like the hardcore punk spawn of Gravediggaz.
click to enlarge Ho99o9 at Spacebar - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ho99o9 at Spacebar
click to enlarge Ho99o9 at Spacebar - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ho99o9 at Spacebar
For their first Orlando appearance ever (Oct. 11, Spacebar), they blitzed the Milk District with no typical mainstream fanfare, no traditional venue, no cover, no opener – just straight guerrilla. And like the Eric Bachmann living room show and the Posies’ secret pop-up event last week, we have local ties to thank for this fortune. Their manager, Mike Feinberg, is a part-time local and so brought the goods home to make this very special engagement happen.
click to enlarge Ho99o9 at Spacebar - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ho99o9 at Spacebar
click to enlarge Ho99o9 at Spacebar - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ho99o9 at Spacebar
Undeniably, Ho99o9 are all about mystique and shock. But, as this show proved like a head-on collision, it’s not all just image. In performance, they are pure detonation, a volcano in a box. Wild, violent, apocalyptic, it’s one of the most visceral live punches in the game right now.
click to enlarge Ho99o9 at Spacebar - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ho99o9 at Spacebar
click to enlarge Ho99o9 at Spacebar - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ho99o9 at Spacebar
Even with the tinder of hype and reputation, nothing goes up without a real spark. With their live ignition, however, the usually arty Spacebar went full-on Uncle Lou’s and became a lawless pit. Shit got animalistic. You know it’s something special when you see bar owner Tommy Mot in the pit.
click to enlarge Ho99o9 at Spacebar - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ho99o9 at Spacebar
click to enlarge Ho99o9 at Spacebar - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ho99o9 at Spacebar
In sound and aesthetic, Ho99o9 are equal parts punk and sensation. They’re maximum, they’re now and – between the fury they expel and the fury they incite – it’s clear they’re 100 fucking percent real.
click to enlarge Ho99o9 at Spacebar - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Ho99o9 at Spacebar
As the kickoff for some underground shows the band are playing to ramp up to the spring release of their debut LP, this will probably be the smallest venue you’ll ever see them in again. And if you were there, you’ve got eternal bragging rights.

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