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Hopper Propelled Electric are a 3-piece who describe their sound as “delta blues punk” – hailing from the obvious delta blues punk locations of Oldham and California they draw upon such influences as The Stooges, Howlin’ Wolf, The Fall and Captain Beefheart – the result of which is a snarling roots heavy racket complete with lyrics concerning loving, hating, bar room brawls and dirty deals. Quite how Oldham connects to the vast sprawl of California is not explained and having visited both locations I’m still none the wiser….

Hopper Propelled Electric started out on the road much like any other outfit. A trail of bands that have gone before, a handful of songs and the resolve to keep rock & rolling. One guy trying to keep the dearly loved blues in pocket, and punk on a leash. Originally billed as Drunken Boat and the Squall; both names are equally perplexing…they started rehearsing in what they describe as “a hovel surrounded by dead rats & empty bottles”

A raw dirty guitar with slide thrown in and screaming down a bullet mic doesn’t command that much attention though; however the addition of pounding, tribal beats holding it together and a driving bass intertwined, their sound started to develop;

Gigs at the infamous Star & Garter, Manchester allowed them to hone their skills, and caught the attention of Sowerby Bridge based Vander Wall Records who have just released the band’s debut 7” ‘Memphis Greens’ – already picking up plays via Gideon Coe on BBC 6Music; 2 tracks of sleazy dirt-bag rock n’ roll, four on the digital download, great gnarly distorted riffs, compete with LOUD drums whilst early Iggy style vocals clatter all around.

Hopper Propelled Electric are on tour:

Jun 06 – Zepyhr; Huddersfield
Jun 07 – The Bay Horse; Manchester
Jun 21 – Puzzle Hall; Sowerby Bridge
Jul 11- The Imperial; Chorley

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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