Hob­nail get boots on for na­tion­wide tour


Ob­ser­va­tions of life, liv­ing and a lit­tle mor­tal­ity fea­ture on Hob­nail’s lat­est al­bum Blue Sky Songs.

Play­ing for 23 years, the ac­com­plished Porirua band known for their eclec­tic mix of Celtic, folk, coun­try and rock is on the road with a na­tional tour to sup­port their sev­enth al­bum.

Porirua-based song­writer Rob Joass said there was a lit­tle bit of life and death on the al­bum.

When his fa­ther died 21⁄ years ago he be­came the old­est per­son in his fam­ily.

‘‘Once that hap­pens you get a new per­spec­tive, you know you’re the next one. You’ve moved up to the big chair, but you’re the next one to drop off,’’ Joass said.

It was a cliche but there was no point in wast­ing time and this was the sen­ti­ment be­hind the al­bum’s first track Every Sin­gle Day.

Joass said the band mem­bers had sim­i­lar core val­ues to­wards mu­sic and how they lived their lives.

‘‘There is a fam­ily affin­ity in what we do, we agree on what’s im­por­tant, fam­ily and keep­ing life sim­ple.’’

A high­light of their cur­rent tour was play­ing to a full house in Nel­son at The Boathouse.

‘‘It was a great crowd and a great night.’’

Ev­ery­where we play there are reg­u­lars that come and it is hugely grat­i­fy­ing, he said.

Mu­sic-go­ers can ex­pect a good night at a show. ‘‘It’s not just two hours of the same thing.’’

‘‘We change the vo­cal fo­cus a lot, some of us sing har­monies, other times its duets, think Fleet­wood Mac.’’

All four mem­bers of Hob­nail call the Welling­ton re­gion home, with three liv­ing in Porirua. Ti­tahi Bay is home for Joass. He and Jo Moir, the band’s vo­cal­ist and vi­o­lin­ist, own a boat shed there where he spends time writ­ing and record­ing.

‘‘My home looks out over the har­bour; lots of my songs have wa­ter in them some way or an­other.’’

Their mu­sic had evolved over the years and they still loved to see peo­ple get­ting up to dance.

‘‘It’s part of our DNA. If you don’t see toes tap­ping and heads nod­ding then you sort of feel like you’re not do­ing your job prop­erly.’’

Hob­nail will play their tour fi­nale at The Third Eye in Welling­ton on Oc­to­ber 14. For de­tails see face­book.com/ Hob­nail­band/


Hob­nail heads out on their na­tional tour in sup­port of their new al­bum Blue Sky Songs. From left, Rob Joass, Jo Moir, Caro­line Eas­ther and Hamish Gra­ham.

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