Hoover (band)

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Background information
OriginWashington, D.C., U.S.
GenresPost-hardcore, emo[1]
Years active1992 (1992)–1994 (1994), 1997, 2004
LabelsDischord, Slowdime, Art Monk Construction, Old Glory
Associated actsAbilene, The Boom, The Crownhate Ruin, Sea Tiger
Past membersAlexander Dunham
Fred Erskine
Christopher Farrall
Joseph P. McRedmond

Hoover was an American post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C.. Formed in 1992, Hoover went on to produce some of the more intense music to appear on the Dischord Records label in the 1990s. Compared to Fugazi, Hoover was more experimental and permissive, incorporating elements of jazz and dub, and not limiting themselves to an aggressive stance.[1] Unusually, three of the four members shared vocal duties equally.

Vulture.com listed their song "Electrolux" as one of the greatest emo songs of the early 1990s.[1]

Hoover disbanded in 1994, but have reformed twice: once in 1997 to record a mini-album of 'odds and ends', and again in 2004 for a series of dates in the US and Europe.


  • Alexander Dunham – guitar, vocals
  • Fred Erskine – bass, vocals, trumpet
  • Christopher Farrall – drums
  • Joseph P. McRedmond – guitar, vocals


Studio albums[edit]


  • "Sidecar Freddie/Cable" (1992, Hoover Union/Dischord)
  • "Two-Headed Coin" (split with Lincoln) (1993, Art Monk Construction)
  • "Private" (1993, Hoover Union/Dischord)


  • All the President's Men (1994, Old Glory)
  • 20 Years of Dischord (2002, Dischord)

Related bands[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Ian Cohen; David Anthony; Nina Corcoran; Emma Garland; Brad Nelson (February 13, 2020). "The 100 Greatest Emo Songs of All Time". Vulture.com. Vox Media. Retrieved February 15, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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