Dot Hacker | ‘Inhibition’ | Review
Dot Hacker, the experimental rock band based in Los Angeles, California was formed in 2008 by Josh Klinghoffer. Klinghoffer, Clint Walsh and Eric Gardner were all previously members of the touring incarnation of Gnarls Barkley, and were subsequently joined by Hella bassist Jonathan Hischke to record the much-anticipated “Inhibition” to be released by Org Music on May 1st.
In two senses of the title track, “Inhibition” does seem to define Dot Hacker’s debut album. That is, in relation to the music’s melodic structure as a “check on an expression of an impulse” perhaps as stated in Dot Hacker’s press release “the music… is architectural, built on a foundation of bold, manipulated tones.” Or, the other sense of “to hold in, restrain, hinder.” The later may allude to the delayed release of the album. As Hischke has been quoted as saying “the completed album was in purgatory for a while as we all did different things.
These “different things” include varying members serving as recording and touring musicians for marque artists like Beck, PJ Harvey, Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Butthole Surfers and Broken Bells. And, the recent role Klinghoffer took with rock giants, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Klingoffer helped to pen the recent RHCP album, “I’m with you”. Oh, and he joined the band in being inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
Klinghoffer founded the band, Dot Hacker, where he holds the position of primary songwriter, singer, rhythm guitarist and pianist.