Porirua band Hobnail's latest album has little bit of life and death

Hobnail heads out on their national tour in support of their new album Blue Sky Songs.From left Rob Joass, Jo Moir, ...

Hobnail heads out on their national tour in support of their new album Blue Sky Songs.From left Rob Joass, Jo Moir, Caroline Easther and Hamish Graham.

Observations of life, living and a little mortality feature on Hobnail's latest album Blue Sky Songs.

Playing for 23 years the accomplished Porirua band known for their eclectic mix of Celtic, folk, country and rock is on the road with a national tour to support their seventh album.

Porirua-based songwriter Rob Joass said there was a little bit of life and death on the album.

When his father died   2½ years ago he became the oldest person in his family.

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"Once that happens you get a new perspective, you know you're the next one. You've moved up to the big chair, but you're the next one to drop off," Joass said.

It was a cliche but there was no point in wasting time and this was the sentiment behind the album's first track  Every Single Day.

Joass said the band members had similar core values towards music and how they lived their lives.

"There is a family affinity in what we do, we agree on what's important, family and keeping life simple."

A highlight of their current tour was playing to a full house in Nelson at The Boathouse.

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"It was a great crowd and a great night."

Everywhere we play there are regulars that come and it is hugely gratifying, he said.

Music-goers can expect a good night at a show. "It's not just two hours of the same thing."

"We change the vocal focus a lot some of us sing harmonies, other times its duets, think Fleetwood Mac." 

All four members of Hobnail call the Wellington region home, with three living  in Porirua.

Titahi Bay is home for Joass. He  and Jo Moir, the band's vocalist and violinist,  own a boat shed there where he spends time writing and recording.

"My home looks out over the harbour;  lots of my songs have water in them some way or another."

Their music had evolved over the years and they still loved to see people getting up to dance.

"It's part of our DNA. If you don't see toes tapping and heads nodding then you sort of feel like your not doing your job properly."

* Hobnail will play their tour finale at The Third Eye in Wellington on October 14. For details see facebook.com/Hobnailband/

 - Stuff

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