After releasing their debut single ('Be Eating You') in December, Melbourne's Hoof return with another brutal serving of metal in the form of 'Bloodlust' that's sure to make your face melt.
Who is Hoof? Hoof came together from two other bands ending that shared some members. One was a groove metal outfit and the other technical death metal, and I saw the chance to put together some musicians that could make something interesting.
We didn't want to merge styles into some Frankenstein behemoth or anything, but I saw the potential and coerced them all into getting a jam going, and here we are.
We sound like... Yikes! Tough one. As a new band, we are still experimenting with our own sound and it's a constant evolution with every new song we write, but it's definitely safe to say you'll hear elements of classic death, thrash, melo-death and, dare is say it, a tiny bit of blackened metal in there.
Our first gig is... Still in the works. COVID knocked us back a bit of course and so we're gearing up to get some shows booked in the next month or two.
When did you settle on the group's name, and was it a unanimous decision... Pretty quickly actually. Our drummer was out strolling one evening smoking a joint when the inspiration hit him.
We were skeptical, but he sold it to us and we off-handedly dropped the name into a list of others when chatting with friends and Hoof got the most enthusiasm for sure.
In the studio we usually... Argue about tempos, rage against clicks and sip whiskey like gentlemen. We've done the last two songs with Luke at Danger Tone Studios who has a mascot called called Coco, so lots of dog patting as well I suppose, haha.
If we could tour with anyone... Well, we all have wildly different ideas about touring, but I heard the Rolling Stones got about in carriages and things. That sounds good. Are they still available?
Social media is... The bane of humanity.
My favourite app at the moment is... Dictionary. I'm a word nerd.
To date, our most embarrassing moment was the time... Me and Zac, our drummer, organised a gig/ party at our warehouse and our singer never showed, so we had a drunk dude from another band roar into the mic for 30 mins for us. Luckily it wasn't our current singer!
Life on the road can be... We haven't toured yet, so that's a question for next time. Although I've done it and I would describe it as. . . loose, in my experience.
If you'll have us on your bill, all we ask is that our rider contains... Ultra freezing cold cans of booze. I'm talking sub-zero temps.
The most scary scenario we've found ourselves in, was... Being hunted mercilessly by the council for noise complaints and facing having to dismantle our HQ. It didn't happen; you don't mess with our vocalist Craig in these sorts of matters.
What celebrity/ famous person would you love to be spokesperson of the band... Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin's manager. A true giant. He'd having us headlining Wacken with one phone call.
If you had to live in a city abroad, where would you choose and why? Gothenburg. It's the city that birthed a metal genre; can't get a better resume than that.
Three people you'd like to invite around for a dinner party... Devin Townsend, Charlie Sheen, Nicko McBrain. Putting those three together in a room would be hilarious chaos.
If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us? My secret recipe cheese toasties. You think you know how good they can be already? Think again.
When it comes to pets are you a lover or hater of our furry friends? Lovers. Everyone in the band has a dog except the bass player, me, I just have pictures of myself with their dogs.
No matter the expense, send me a case of... Gold bars! Hello Hoofcopter!
The last time I saw the inside of a gym was... today.
What's the one chore you dislike the most? Winding up cables, then having to re-do it when I catch our guitarist Al glaring at me because I've made a dog's breakfast of it.
Do you have any phobias... Eyes opening up on my body in weird places. Makes me shudder with horror. Is that a phobia or just too weird to classify?
Would you ever partake in a reality show? God no. Reality TV should be wiped from the face of the earth. Absolute bile.
If you could prank any of your friends, who's your target, and how are you bringing them down? Probably our friend Ki; he's a record scratching vagrant in Maadstork, but as he's probably going to see this I'll keep mum. His retribution would be fearsome.
Best local takeaway joint for a 2am feed that will leave you with a food coma? I can take you there on drunken autopilot at 2am, but I'm damned if I know the name of the place.
Which fictional character best describes your personality? Tom Bombadil. He just lives in his own world unconcerned and paying no mind to the chaos that unravels around him, and manages to ward off trouble with just his voice.
Last show you binge-watched (and what kept you glued to the screen)? 'Still Game'. I love that hilarious Scottish brogue.