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If Lookout! Records
still existed, Orange County
foursome the Hoagies
would be the ideal group for the label. Take one part three-chord punk a la the Queers
and one part '70s rock a la the Donnas
and you've got the Hoagies.
However, there's more to the Hoagies than just a fascination with '90s Bay Area
punk. You see, the Hoagies like sandwiches. A lot. So much in fact that the foursome (singer King Hoagie
, guitarist Tony "No" Bologna
, drummer/keyboardist Sloppy Joe
and bassist Rye Bread
) are about to release a 12-song record titled Cold Cuts
that includes songs such as "Rye or Die," "I Wanna Grinder" and "I'm Gonna Put It In Your Pita."
Joke and/or themed bands almost always suck, but don't go dismissing the Hoagies as the punchline to a joke no one ever told because the songs are actually really good. In fact, Cold Cuts
is so rockingly catchy that I, a vegan, not only enjoy the record, I'm thinking about getting a pastrami on sourdough right this second.
OK, that's a lie, but I did like the songs enough to devote an entire six minutes coming up with questions to email the band. Here, in not even remotely close to their entirety, are their pickled answers.