Hoover was an emo
band from Washington DC
in the early 1990s. Their first releases were a split 7"
Records and the Side Car Freddie
7". They also released a 7"
and an LP
on Dischord Records
. The EP
and LP were later compiled on CD
as The Lurid Traversal of Route 7
, which was also the title of the LP. They got back together in 1997 to record the final songs they had written before they broke up. These songs were released as a CDEP
on Slowdime Records
Hoover was C. Farrall, F. Erskine (who later went on to play in June of 44), J. McRedmond, and A. Dunham. McRedmond and Erskine later went on to form The Crownhate Ruin.
Most of their original output is currently available on The Lurid Traversal of Route 7 CD. Tracklist:
- Route 7
- Regulator Watts
- Cuts, Like Drugs
* = Songs not on the original LP, rather, the ones that were originally on 7".
Hoover's sound is characterized by the sinister sounding basslines, which sort of creep along, building tension and giving the music a very evil sound at times. Also, the singers' vocals tend to work themselves up from a whisper to a scream on the longer songs, adding a sense of desperation and pleading to the composition.