Out Hud Biography

They may not have been the first alt-punk musicians to discover the funk, but the emergence of outfits such as Out Hud proved that the genre remained a viable force at the start of the twenty-first century. Originally formed in 1996 in Sacramento, California, USA (most of its members were previously a part of the obscure punk outfit the Yah-Mos), Out Hud comprises Nic Offer (bass), Tyler Pope (guitar), Molly Schnick (cello/keyboards) and Phyllis Forbes (drums/bass), joined by soundman/mixer Justin Vandervolgen. Most of the band’s members also do double duty in the curiously titled outfit !!!

Out Hud issued several singles and EPs for various different indie labels, before relocating to Brooklyn, New York in 2001, and beginning work on a debut album. Signed to the Kranky label, 2002 saw the release of S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D. Drawing on a wide variety of musical styles from post punk and avant garde jazz through funk and dub, the band managed to fulfil the promise of their earlier releases on one of the year’s most ambitious and creative recordings. The release of the follow-up Let Us Never Speak Of It Again was delayed while Vandervolgen spent more than a year remixing the basic tracks. This time around, eccentric vocals courtesy of Forbes and Schnick featured on over half of the tracks.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.