Despite having one of the stupidest names you have probably ever heard, the power trio Half-Dead Hamster is a serious no frills, no gimmicks, straight to the point, rock band with memorable guitar riffs backed by extremely catchy harmonies. The music is both raw and melodic and the sound is bigger than you'd expect from a three piece. Formed in 2002 in Peotone, Illinois by drummer Jered Piepenbrink and bassist Josh Bult after the breakup of their last band together, they quickly added guitarist Al Hoffmann who would eventually become the lead vocalist as well. The band has been writing and performing music ever since with a true love for their work and their fans. With their new self-titled CD, "Half-Dead Hamster has developed a gentle simplicity behind the cymbals and old-amp-fuzz guitar which lends a mature rock-roots sophistication to their youthful earnestness." (Cindy Hill, CD Reviews) From catchy riff-rock like "A Fire is Burning" and "Pamphlet" to the darker and more insightful "In This Place" and "Dirt" it has become clear that they are no longer a garage band, but emerging artists to be closely watched.
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