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by Hoffabus

Hoffabus is the new project of Brian Naubert (Ruston Mire, Tube Top, Pop Sickle). Dreamy, dark, provocative rock—Hoffabus is relentlessly inventive and strangely intoxicating.
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1. Terrycloth
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2. Permanent Marker
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3. Black Hole
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4. Carolina
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5. Gili Air
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6. The River
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7. Every Green Light
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8. Equalize
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9. Napoleon Reach
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10. KTAC
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11. Never Come Back
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12. Mayday
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13. Almost an End
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Album Notes

Hoffabus is the new project of Brian Naubert.

This collection of thirteen songs undeniably represents Naubert’s magnum opus, the culmination of over 20 years as a songwriter and musician.

Recorded in Naubert’s home studio over the course of nearly a decade, this record is unflinchingly honest and intimate. Naubert played and recorded every instrument except the drums (played by his longtime collaborator and Northwest rock staple Mike Musburger.) Martin Feveyear (Queens of the Stone Age, Presidents of the United States of America) mixed and mastered the album on Vashon Island, his third time working with Naubert.

Hoffabus is a unique juxtaposition: classic rock elements with a strong undercurrent of melancholy synthesizers, buoyed by relentless pop hooks. Naubert’s intoxicating voice is the narrative through-line, weaving tales of longing and nostalgia, of searching for home and grappling with profound loss. His wordplay is wickedly clever, but he never hides behind it. He pulls no punches here, singing fearlessly and playing guitar like it’s his last stand. The result is dreamy, dark, provocative, and yet somehow edifying.
A longtime fixture of the Northwest rock community, Naubert has played in vital bands such as Tube Top, Pop Sickle, The Service Providers, and his mainstay, Ruston Mire, since 1995. Packed with inventive guitar work, beguiling hooks, and artful storytelling, this record affirms Naubert’s importance and utter originality as a musician.

Naubert describes this record as a dropping of all artistic pretense: “This is me playing with my eyes closed. Truly letting it out. There is pure emotion here and there is also a finally becoming one with a sound. The ability to express what I feel, what I see, a purely as I’ve ever done.”

Simply put, Hoffabus is essential work from an essential artist. Work that should cement Naubert’s place in the formidable legacy of Northwest rock.

Praise for Hoffabus:

““This is truly important work--beauty up and down the spectrum…Hoffabus is GREAT and you need to listen to it RIGHT NOW. Nothing I can say will make this gem of music and emotion come alive in your imagination faster than listening to a few golden notes.”
-Dave Liljengren, East Portland Blog

Praise for Naubert’s Ruston Mire:

“Brian Naubert is a genius and Steady Jobs and Flying Cars is a modern classic. These are the final words on the subject.”

“Ruston Mire explore everyday pathos with a keen eye for detail that animates at times—and makes heartwrenchingly brutal at other times...The precision-tuned intensity of the performances and the eloquence of the lyrics make it a compelling listen.”
-The Rocket

“...A quirky, slightly awkward synth-trifugal force that’s as smart and dispassionate as it is irresistible and fun. In a perfect world, songs like ‘Monday or Forever,’ ‘Two Headed Monster’ and ‘Superimposed’ would be in endless rotation…”
-The Stranger

“‘Sick Little Drama’...swings from landmine guitar hate-rock to snapshot Pink Floydian conceptualism in four minutes...[Steady Jobs and Flying Cars] is one of the century’s first essential Northwest albums.”
-Reef Valmont, Pandomag.com

“If the new songs are half as catchy as those of Steady Jobs and Flying Cars, you’ll be spending the next few weeks searching for creative ways to dislodge them from your cranium.”
-The Stranger



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