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Origin United States Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Noise rock
Years active 2001 – present
Website ho-agband.com
Members Matt Parish
Tyler Derryberry
Alaskan Ryan Brown
Eric Meyer[1]
Past members Kristina Johnson
Patrick Kim
Dave Dines
Jonathan Ruhe
Nicholas ("Nkls") Ward

Ho-Ag is an experimental "noise rock" band based in Boston, Massachusetts. Known for melding the creaky musical worlds of 50s and 60s sci-fi films, Waitsian dissonant underworld, and fast-paced math-punk, Ho-Ag has adapted through several line-up changes, guest collaborations, experimental one-off shows, and infrequent Devo cover sets to evolve into a consistently unpredictable band that has earned them comparisons to acts like Six Finger Satellite, The Dismemberment Plan, Brainiac and The Melvins.


Ho-Ag was officially formed over the summer of 2001 after a few years of collaboration by founding members Matt Parish, Patrick Kim, Dave Dines and Jonathan Ruhe (The Gersch, Cokedealer, Justine, Isle of Citadel). The group's first show came at The Midway Cafe in May 2002 with Young Sexy Assassins (their 2nd show), Tunnel of Love, and USAISAMONSTER.

"Ho Ag Equals Go At," engineered and mixed by Parish on an 8-track machine, was released by Mister Records in May 2003. Drummer Eric Meyer recorded drums with the group in January 2004 for a 7" record to be released by Mister Records and soon became a full-time member.

2005 saw the release of EP Pray for the Worms, again recorded at the practice space on Parish's 8-track. Self-released under the moniker "Hive 35", the CD was the band's first to receive consistent national press and radio airplay. Two national tours followed that year.

The band spent the winter recording their first full-length together at Machines With Magnets, a Providence, Rhode Island studio run by Keith Souza. The album, The Word from Pluto, was completed in January 2006 and released in September 2006 by Hello Sir Records.

Ward and Kim both left the band in early 2007. Kristina Johnson (Roh Delikat, Red and Rescue, Slow Fore, and Certainly, Sir) joined on guitar and Ryan Brown joined on bass. The next year, they recorded Doctor Cowboy with Boston engineer Kevin Micka (Animal Hospital, The Common Cold). That album was released in July 2008 on Hello Sir Records.


Live collaborations[edit]

Donna Parker (electronics), Eric Dill (electronics, guitar), Amit Dave (guitar), Tyler Derryberry (keyboards)(pre-membership), Mike Kania (saxophone), Ryan Walsh (guitar, vocals), Matt Brown (guitar, percussion), David Bentley (guitar, cello), Brian Rutledge (trumpet), Joe Marret (bass, percussion), MC Mac Swell (vocals), TD Sidell (vocals), Karen Tsiakals (vocals, keyboards), Brian Church (bass).

Related projects[edit]


  1. ^ "Bio". Ho-Ag.com. Retrieved 2007-07-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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