Dot Hacker

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Dot Hacker
Origin El Sereno, CA
Genres Experimental rock
Alternative rock
Years active 2008–Present
Labels ORG Music
Associated acts Gnarls Barkley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Frusciante, Hella, Tweaker, The Motels, Le Butcherettes, Broken Bells, El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Big Sir, Monsters Are Waiting, The Bicycle Thief
Website Official Website
Members Josh Klinghoffer
Jonathan Hischke
Clint Walsh
Eric Gardner

Dot Hacker is an American experimental rock band from California, formed in 2008. The band consists of Josh Klinghoffer (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Clint Walsh (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Jonathan Hischke (bass) and Eric Gardner (drums).

Klinghoffer, Walsh and Gardner were all previously members of the touring incarnation of Gnarls Barkley, and were subsequently joined by Hella bassist Jonathan Hischke to create Dot Hacker. Prior to Klinghoffer joining the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the band recorded its debut album, Inhibition, which was released on May 1, 2012.

History[edit]

After meeting multi-instrumentalist Josh Klinghoffer through his Hella bandmates Spencer Seim and Dan Elkan, bassist Jonathan Hischke moved to Los Angeles, California, in 2008, to begin work on a potential project that would include Klinghoffer, and fellow Gnarls Barkley touring musicians, Clint Walsh and Eric Gardner. Regarding the band, Hischke noted,

"It’s this interesting thing, because it’s this band made of kind of young session musician types: Josh played with Beck, and PJ Harvey and John Frusciante, now he’s the new Chili Pepper. Then there’s Eric Gardner our drummer, he’s played with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gnarls Barkley, you know, Tom Morello, stuff like that. Clint Walsh has done Gnarls, The Scream, Electric Guest, and many others. So they invited me in to jam with them and I moved to LA to pretty much do that."[1]

Taking its name from drummer Eric Gardner's grandmother,[2] Dot Hacker subsequently began recording its debut album in between the band members' other commitments. In October 2009, Klinghoffer joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers, delaying the album's release for an extended period of time. Regarding its eventual release, Hiscke noted, "This is quite a busy group of people, even more so now. We recorded off and on for many months in our really comfy and clubhouse-like home studio. Then the completed album was in purgatory for a while as we all did different things."[3]

On February 21, 2012, the band released its debut EP, Dot Hacker on ORG Music, with its full-length album Inhibition released on May 1, 2012.[4] With Klinghoffer having a break from his Chili Peppers duties, June 2013 saw Dot Hacker performing in California and Las Vegas.

On 1 July 2014, the band released the first of two new albums released in 2014.[5] 'How's Your Process? (Work)' was released on 1 July 2014, containing size songs. An album of equal length, 'How's Your Process? (Play)' is due for release later in 2014. Dot Hacker played for the first time in 2014, debuting songs from the new album, at The Chapel, San Francisco on 6 July 2014[6] and are due to play in Los Angeles on 8 August 2014.

Band members[edit]

  • Josh Klinghoffer - lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesizers
  • Clint Walsh - guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals
  • Jonathan Hischke - bass guitar
  • Eric Gardner - drums, percussion

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

EPs

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