Following the release of their last studio album ‘SKIN’ earlier this year, punk rap group Ho99o9 toured the UK performing the new tracks. The core duo are made up of founders TheOGM and Eaddy with the addition of former Black Flag drummer Brandon Pertzborn.

Beginning with their new album, they played their latest single ‘BATTERY NOT INCLUDED’ with its hardcore drum beats;  Eaddy singing through a corded telephone while TheOGM keyed electronics in his skeletal slenderman outfit. They then performed hip hop track ‘THE WORLD, THE FLESH, THE DEVIL’, with TheOGM rapping, and the drone tracks of ‘Punk Police (unknown virus 5.)’ and Forest Fires (unknown virus 3.)’ from their 2018 EP ‘Cyber Cop’.

Ho99o9 returned to their new album with thrash title track ‘SKINHEAD’ and slow hip hop track ‘SLO BREAD (feat. Bun B)’. They did a cover of Nine Inch Nails’ song ‘March Of The Pigs’ and comically contrasted this with a sample of ‘Mr Sandman’. The group danced throughout the set, illustrating their comments that they are not a band but a (dance) revolution.

‘Mega City Nine (unknown virus 4.)’ contained the trudge of heavy rap, again juxtaposing it afterwards with a sample of Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’. The industrial Test Dept-like beats of the group’s multi-genre came through in single ‘Dope Dealerz’. The ended their show on an encore of ‘Street Power’ from their 2017 debut album, ‘United States of Horror’; a traditional crossover hardcore punk track.

07/11/22: Ho99o9 @ Scala, London.

Photos © E. Gabriel Edvy/Blackswitch Labs.

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