Meet local band The Hobsons
WITH AN INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE TUNED IN, HIGHFIELDS BAND THE HOBSONS ARE INFLUENCING MUSIC LOVERS ONE NOTE AT A TIME
Their album has been streamed in more than 23 countries covering itunes and Spotify, and they’ve lived in Highfields for 15 years.
With the sounds of alternative country, jazz, rock, blues and folk running beautifully through their veins, The Hobsons family band are making cohesive, breathtaking music — and the world is stepping up and taking notice.
“It’s never been about fame or money for us — it’s about touching someone with music,” guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Gerard Hobson says.
“People come up to us after a show and start telling us their connection from one of our songs — that’s humbling.
“We could tour and drop everything, but that’s just not what is important to us.
“Love each other first, then the kids, then the music.”
The Hobsons are made up of father and husband Gerard Hobson, vocalist, wife and mother Judy Hobson, vocalist and daughter Georgia Hobson, bass player Mark Chalmers and drummer Harry Schneider.
Judy and Gerard met in a local Toowoomba band, Common Ground, more than 20 years ago, and Gerard’s job as a high school teacher has taken them all over the state to places such as Cairns, Bamaga and Cunnamulla.
Performing with their daughter Georgia and as a family has its ups and downs, but the Hobsons enjoy it.
“It’s an incredible honour to do this as
‘‘ We feel privileged that we have been able to showcase our music here. — GERARD HOBSON
a family, but finding the time for all three of us to be in a creative space can be tough,” Gerard says.
“We each have our roles and respect each other for who we are as people and what each person brings.
“We continue to grow and learn and create — family comes first.”
All self-taught through life-long love affairs with music, the Hobson family collectively agrees that nothing beats practice, rehearsal, organisation and belief.
“When we’re sitting around the kitchen table singing and a new song pops up, it’s a surge of adrenalin,” Gerard says.
“When we all look at each other and say, ‘that sounds good’ — it’s the coolest thing.”
While The Hobsons performed covers for quite some time, the last five years has seen a large focus develop on their original music.
“I guess we don’t try and write and perform songs to a formula that sells,” Gerard says.
“We like to think the messages in the songs are strong and tangible and the power of the girl’s vocals deliver the songs with the meaning they deserve.”
With the elements of honesty, social justice, fun and humour intertwined in their lyrics, The Hobsons like to create songs that people can relate to.
“It’s absolutely inspirational to play our own songs; seeing people react and respond to our music is awesome,” Gerard says.
“There’s just a special vibe in the band playing our own songs and connecting with the audience.”
The Hobsons enjoy playing at both small, intimate gigs as well as for larger crowds.
They played at Hampton Festival in 2016 and 2017 as well as the Carnival of Flowers in 2016, Australia Days and the Mayoral Christmas Carols in Queens Park.
“There are many amazing musicians in this area — support local bands and live music... support original music,” Gerard says.
“Every artist comes from somewhere, why not Highfields, Toowoomba or the Darling Downs?
“It’s such a diverse area and the more original music is promoted and supported the better.”
The Hobsons recorded their first album at Highfields Sound and Productions.
“It was fantastic to keep it local,” Gerard says.
“We feel privileged that we have been able to showcase our music here and use it as a platform to continue doing what we love.” Listen: ‘Don’t Look Back’ album is on itunes and Spotify See: The Hobsons on Youtube Contact: Facebook page, The Hobsons THE HOBSONS WILL BE PERFORMING AT PEACEHAVEN PARK, HIGHFIELDS ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 FROM 1PM TO 3PM.