Meet lo­cal band The Hob­sons

WITH AN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AU­DI­ENCE TUNED IN, HIGH­FIELDS BAND THE HOB­SONS ARE IN­FLU­ENC­ING MU­SIC LOVERS ONE NOTE AT A TIME

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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.

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