Sure, The Fall of Hobo Johnson may be the title of Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers sophomore album, but it certainly won’t be the outcome. This will be the group’s first music release since 2017, and we can barely contain our excitement!
Maybe you’re new to the game and you’re wondering right now, “Who the hell are they talking about?” Well, we’re here to let you know that these Cali natives are about to rock-rap-emo your world.
The Lovemakers (consisting of Derek Lynch on guitar, Jordan Moore on guitar and keyboards, David Baez-Lopez on bass, Jmsey on keyboard and guitar, and Ben Lerch on drums) is fronted by the one and only Frank Lopez. Frank, better known by his living-out-of-his-94’-corolla stage name, Hobo Johnson can be recognized by some very unique features. Most easily by his big goofy (yet lovely) smile, oversized fro, or his cheeks so adorable that no grandma could ever resist pinching. He’s just one of those people you can’t help but feel giddy about when you look at him. And, you’ll probably get that same warm-fuzzy feeling when hearing his music.
The Rise of Hobo Johnson
Having a not so perfect relationship with his father landed him kicked out at age 19. If you’re wondering how he coped, you can probably guess the best way he knew how, through music. And for that, we are thankful. Even though they didn’t win the contest, they caught their big break by being featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk. You may have heard of Tiny Desk before as it has featured big names like Mac Miller, Lizzo and more! They continued their success as a viral sensation on YouTube. Their video for “Peach Scone” has over a million views! We think it is impossible to label Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers, with a sound as unique and versatile as theirs, to one specific genre. But, If we had to, we’d sub-genre them an emo-rap-spoken words-sensation. We’re cool with it. C’mon what could be a better combination than that?
The angsty lyrics about real-life-romance and struggles that most of us are way too embarrassed to embrace openly, over a sick combo of perfectly played instruments, truly creates a sound like you’ve never heard before. Check out singles like “Romeo and Juliet” and “Jesus Christ” if you want to understand our obsession. Not to mention those two songs are absolute bops that will make you wanna speed down the highway scream-singing the lyrics and flipping off the world.
The Fall of Hobo Johnson
We repeat, this is NOT the fall of Hobo Johnson, and certainly not the last time you’ll be hearing about him, or this album. So far this year, he has released three singles from the much-anticipated album including “Typical Story”, “UglyKid” and “Subaru Crosscheck XV”. All of which have a super rad music video pairing. Maybe you’re already familiar with our guy, and you’ve even been as lucky to see him and The Lovemakers live recently.
If so, you may have gotten a sneak peek at some of the songs off of the album. If not we’ll let you know that it’s rumored that this album will be very heartbreakingly honest. Honest enough that this time you’ll have to pull your car over (we care about your safety). Sure it may be embarrassing, but we don’t feel too bad. In fact, our inner adolescent emo selves absolutely freaking love it. Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers have been waiting a few years to write this album. Which makes us confident that it is packed with super catchy, super relatable content, and so far, so good.
Everything about Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers past and present has us jumping with joy out of our Subaru Crosschecks with the eagerness of its release. Head down to the local record store and cop the album The Fall of Hobo Johnson out September 13th, 2019.
And be sure to get all your fill of grandma-worthy-awkwardness on his tour kicking off on in October across The U.S and Canada.
Words by: Danielle King | Featured Photo: Max Wittaker