On Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the tail end of their tour with 3Teeth, the chaotic punk/hip hop trio that is Ho99o9 (pronounced “Horror”) slid into the iconic Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and threw down 60 minutes of intense fury that had the mostly gothic crowd screaming for more.
Armed with a pair of mics, a sample machine, and a drummer, Ho99o9 seem unassuming enough, but what they lack in actual instruments, they make up for with pure intensity and drive. Originally hailing from New Jersey the group now claims Los Angeles as their home.
As the clock struck 9:00 the lights dropped and 3 figures made their way onto the stage. The OGM dressed in leathers and donning a motorcycle helmet started the night with some ethereal beats as Eaddy dressed in all white with his Mr. Bungle shirt on and neon yellow motorcycle glove made his way to the mic on the other side of the stage.
Leaving no time to waste, Eaddy starts jumping around the stage and manages to find the one collection of fans that are strong enough and willing to support him as he takes a leap of faith and crowd surfs for the first time of many during the night. Most of the first few songs consisted of Eaddy screaming into the mic while The OGM threw down the nasty beats such as with ‘Kill All Rats’ and ‘Hydrolics’.
Eventually, The OGM removed his helmet and got more involved with the performance and allowed Eaddy to jump back into the crowd as much as he could. Although the standard Ho99o9 show consists of a chaotic mix of trap lovers and hardcore punks cycloning around in a massive mosh pit, the majority of the audience at the Great American Music Hall was either too “cool” or too tired to be bothered with moving too much.
It wasn’t until Eaddy called upon the crowd to open up the pit and jumped in the middle during ‘Get a Grip’ did the sleepy San Francisco crowd really start moving around. At the end of the night, however, it was clear that there were many new converts to the United States of Ho99o9.