Band's random inspiration

21:45, Feb 26 2013
Wellington-based folk/rock band Hobnail

The frontman of Wellington-based folk country band Hobnail comes up with song lyrics in the middle of the most mundane routines, from driving his car, mowing the lawns, or reflecting on something someone has said.

"It's a very random process," said Rob Joass, who also does vocals and plays acoustic guitar for the band.

"I don't really have a regular way of writing. I write lots of different songs - some come from playing around on my guitar, other times it will start with the lyrics.

"I'll hear something on the radio, or I'll be driving the car or mowing the lawns, or I'll think about something someone said three days ago."

When song lyrics formed in his head, Joass would have to stop whatever he was doing to quickly jot them down before he forgot. All of his songs were loosely based on true stories, he said.

"It's where you take it.


"At the end of the day, the songs we do still have to rhyme and be catchy."

Hobnail are doing a one-off show in Blenheim this Friday to tie in with a wedding function they are booked to play the following day in Marlborough.

The band last visited the region while on tour in July last year after the release of their fifth album, Baggage.

Hobnail had undergone a significant sound change since forming 20 years ago as a Celtic rock band that generally played in Irish bars, Joass said.

These days the band played a mix of their own material and a wide range of covers, including the likes of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and First Aid Kit.

Hobnail is holding a gig at Marlborough Vintners Hotel, 190 Rapaura Rd,Blenheim, at 8pm this Friday. Tickets are $20. Door sales only.

The Marlborough Express