|The Hormonauts are, for want of a better term, a rockabilly trio. Not classic, traditional rockabilly, their mix of influences makes them hard to pin down. Slap-bass, drums and guitar, a healthy dose of "oldies" in live set, but with enough of their own material and arrangements to make it something different and maybe even refreshing.
In their first release, "Hormone Hop", there are elements of surf, jazz, salsa and even ska and ragamuffin! Their live performances are always fun and their singer very rarely stays put for long in one place.
ANDY HORMONE, 30, born in Edinburgh, started young. He played trombone as a child, also in high school jazz bands. A combination of girls, punk and cigarettes made him switch to guitar-"you can smoke while playin' and anyway guitars are cool". Self taught and lost in punk, ska and rockabilly, he screamed and strummed with HC noise combo "Jerry Krishna" even supporting MDC on tour. He tried drumming with Glasgow's all-girls all-stars "the Space Kittens" but the dresses were too tight. In '93 he left for Italy and joined the Mutoid Waste Co., a group of international scrap-artists and performers with whom he still lives and works. The last 5 years have seen an album and 2 singles with extraplanetary splatter-porn vagabonds, "Spamabilly Borghetti" until he met Sasso, while singin' on the street, and Paolo they formed "The Hormonauts"...
SASSO HORMONE also 30, was born in Cesena, Italy, and also started out young, playing rockabilly double-bass. He was kidnapped by the "Rebel Cats" with who he slapped twanged and whooped for good 10 years, with 2 LP's ad some TV experience under their belts. When they finally split, Sasso played in several groups from rock to country, recording and touring with "Di Maggio Bros." (CD Rockabilly: from the boots up) also in europe with Terry Williams and Martin Ace. Literally translated, his name means "Stone Battle"; Now if that ain't a country name...
PAOLO HORMONE, born in Forli', Italy, is 36 (for now) and has been drumming since before he was born! His parents cottoned on to his existence late one night when they heard a mean bluesey shuffle coming from who-knows-where. He was the rhythmic backbone of "Rebel Cats" throughout their career and also played in various other groups, from jazz and blues to country and other genres (unmentionable, at least they belay his shadowy past). Never mind all the nasty wise-cracks about drummers, Paolo also helps Andrew tune his guitar!!
1. we are the hormonauts
2. black slacks
3. hey you !
4. sweet young thing
6. get of the wagon
8. that man in your bed
9. turky jive
10. gonna be loved
11. who the hell are you
12. she'll be my baby
LP: VR1207 (EAN CODE:7640111760238)
From Italy and from Scotland comes one of the most mixed up Rockabilly band with the most power in their assholes... mix up a lot of traditional Slappin' Rockabilly and Psychobilly together with Reverend Horton Heat and even old Jazz Standards, up to Samba rhythms and SKA and out of control lyrics and you have the sound of the Hormonauts... they recorded this album in 2000 where they put it out on their own label and playing as street musicians.. I saw them in my Home town and was blown away from their performance and from the record... I did a remaster and we had the album; 12 songs all killer no filler!!!
They did a lot of tours so far and now changed to a Major Label.
But anyway this is their first album and in my opinion the best one... It's free of style they switch in the middle of the songs...And not that it sounds stupit..it needs it we need it every body needs that.
- Had a Nr.19 Chart Hit in Italy
- Did shows and tours together with : Rancid, Lag Wagon, The Cramps, Radio Birdman etc.
Recorded at TAM TAM STUDIOS
Mastered at: echo chamber
Cover artwork: Beat-Man