Hogz in Dandyland is the moniker that artist and multi-instrumentalist Brad Hogge goes by with his intriguing mix of dreamy acoustic and electric indie rock. The debut album Across a Miracle is an eclectic mix of keyboards, diverse layered acoustic and electric guitars, and all manner of other country-fried instrumentation from banjo to harmonica! Hogge, aided on drums by Miguel Urbitztondo (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, Sparklehorse, Daniel Johnston), weaves almost ethereal layers of relaxed guitars and smooth country vocals, which work to good effect. Psychedelic is an understatement for this beautifully weird concept album that oozes neon melodies and originality. A skillfully played instrumental concept album with mystery-spun fantasy, in an extraterrestrial world!
Hogz in Dandyland returns with a new record, Dr. Grimm’s Parade, in memory of Entomology professor Dr. James K. Grimm. Produced by John Morand at Sound of Music Studios (Richmond, VA), Brad Hogge paired up again with Miguel Urbitztondo on drums and percussion. Hogge continues as the primary singer/songwriter, utilizing acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and various other additions including mandolin, banjo, glockenspiel, and other sound effects and field recordings. Bryan Walthall (Stereo Image), who engineered and mixed the first record, Across a Miracle, joins forces on Dr. Grimm’s Parade, this time contributing keyboards on various tracks. Adding to Hogge’s lead vocals, Tina Marie appears throughout the record on backup vocals. One of the highlights is “Firefly”, featuring RVA’s Toby Whitaker on trombone, Bob Miller on trumpet, and JC Kuhl on saxophone. John Morand also contributed keyboards and percussion on some tracks and completed the mixing at Sound of Music. Mastering was wrapped up by Brent Lambert at Kitchen Mastering (Carrboro, NC).
Hogge’s style is never defined by influences, with broad-based pieces that uncover many opposing contrasts. Acoustic minimalism and wide screen opulence, loud and quiet, pop and idiosyncratic experiments – these are just some of the contrasts exhibited. The spirit of Syd Barrett floats throughout. His lyrics read like the ponderings of a love struck poet. There are also bits of Jesus & Mary Chain, Elliot Smith, Robyn Hitchcock, and The Byrds, while Hogge’s pleasing, delicate voice sometimes recalls Bob Dylan. In harmony with the music, Hogge’s artwork takes a peak into Dandyland!