King Hobo announce new full-length, Mauga

Official press release:

The transaltlantic trio that is King Hobo are announcing the release of their album Mauga on Weathermaker Music. The King Hobo band members are Thomas Juneor Andersson (Kamchatka) on vocals, guitars & percussion, Per Wiberg (Kamchatka/Spiritual Beggars/Candlemass/ex-Opeth) on vocals, bass, and keys, and Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch) on drums.

The album was produced by Tobias Strandvik and recorded at his studio in Varberg, Sweden. On the recording of Mauga, Wiberg offered:

“We recorded this album the same way as the first, live in the rehearsal room. It’s quite a liberating process compared to how a lot of albums are recorded these days. We set up our gear in a circle and go full on, no headphones or screens to seal off the amps or drums. We jam all through the day to see what we come up with, arrange it on the spot and record. I really like the fact that it doesn’t feel like a regular recording situation with monitors, click tracks and what not. It feels a lot more exclusive and kinda like a proper gig actually, plus we don’t have to worry what it’s gonna sound like live either, cause this is live in the raw! The hang out part and easy going vibe adds a lot to how we play together as well and none of this would happen if we didn’t have a guy we trusted in the studio. Toby Strandvik did a tremendous job this time with the technical side of things as this way of recording might not be an engineers’ wet dream so to speak. The journey is just as much worth as the destination to us and I think we found the ‘Hobo way of capturing the moment.”

The album cover is designed by Per Wiberg himself. Per says:

“I wanted to pay homage to all the great labels that inspired the music we play, like Chess, Atlantic, Vee-Jay, Prestige & Blue Note for example.  All these labels had a classy design in their heyday which was immediately recognizable.  That’s why our image is in tri-tone, and the names of the band members together with the label and stereo logo are mentioned on the front cover.  The sci-fi imagery is our little twist.”

The first single from Mauga is “Hobo Ride” and will be released April 19th, 2019 as an instant gratification track at iTunes and Amazon. That single will be followed by “Listen Here” (May 3rd), and “Dragon’s Tail” (May 17th). 

Weathermaker Music will release a limited 12″ LP in a gatefold format which has been autographed by the three musicians on the inner sleeve, and a digital 10-track version that includes the song “New Or-sa-leans” as a bonus.

Mauga track listing:

  1. “Hobo Ride”
  2. “Dragon’s Tail”
  3. “King Blues”
  4. “Good Stuff”
  5. “Mauga”
  6. “How Come We’re Blind”
  7. “Listen Here”
  8. “Move To The City”
  9. “Twilight Harvest Pt. I & II”
  10. “New Or-sa-leans” (digital only bonus track)

King Hobo is:

Thomas Juneor Andersson – vocals, guitars & percussion
Per Wiberg – vocals, bass, and keys
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion