Transatlantic trio KING HOBO have announced their new album ‘Mauga’, set for release on May 31st, 2019 via Weathermaker Music. KING HOBO is comprised of Thomas Juneor Andersson (Kamchatka) on vocals, guitars, and percussion, Per Wiberg (Kamchatka / Spiritual Beggars / Candlemass / ex-Opeth) on vocals, bass, and keys, and Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch) on drums.
The album was produced by Tobias Strandvik and recorded at his studio in Varberg, Sweden. The album cover is designed by Per Wiberg himself. Per explains, ”I wanted to pay homage to all the great labels that inspired the music we play, like Chess, Atlantic, Vee-Jay, Prestige, & Blue Note for example. All these labels had a classy design in their heyday which was immediately recognisable. That’s why our image is in tri-tone, and the names of the band members together with the label and stereo logo are mentioned on the front cover. The sci-fi imagery is our little twist.”
We recorded this album the same way as the first, live in the rehearsal room. It’s quite a liberating process compared to how a lot of albums are recorded these days. We set up our gear in a circle and go full on, no headphones or screens to seal off the amps or drums. We jam all through the day to see what we come up with, arrange it on the spot and record. I really like the fact that it doesn’t feel like a regular recording situation with monitors, click tracks, and what not.
It feels a lot more exclusive and kinda like a proper gig actually, plus we don’t have to worry what it’s gonna sound like live either, cause this is live in the raw!