I met drummer Eric Gardner the other year. Then, after hearing about so many great shows he’d played with great California musicians, I wanted to photograph him for my portrait series entitled “My LA”. And I really wanted to hear his band, Dot Hacker, share their stuff.
Last Wednesday, 3/14, Dot Hacker played the Troubadour in LA (with the band Them Hills opening) and I went to listen … and then was wowed by the sound.
The music of Dot Hacker is the collaboration of friends and founding members, Josh Klinghoffer (lead vocalist/guitar/keyboards, also currently plays guitar in The Red Hot Chili Peppers), Clint Walsh (backing vocals/guitar/synthesizer), Eric Gardner on drums and Jonathan Hischke (Bass Guitar). Before forming Dot Hacker the four were already established musicians, recording and touring with an impressive list of respected artists including: Beck, Gnarls Barkley, PJ Harvey, Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Butthole Surfers and Broken Bells amongst many others. The band plans to play shows in 2012 to support the release of their full length debut album Inhibition which is set to be released on May 1st, 2012.
My portrait of him … and some images from Dot Hacker’s Wednesday’s show below. PS. Eric is a showman, I love it; it’s rare you hear the drummer step out from behind his kit and address the crowd before exiting the stage like Eric did. Way to engage the audience! We appreciated it !
You can listen to + purchase a few songs here – so worth it: http://www.orgmusic.com/artists/dot-hacker/