Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains

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Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains
Origin Brattleboro, Vermont
Genres Anarcho-punk, folk punk
Years active 2000–2007
Labels Spare Change Records, DIY Bandits
Associated acts Playtime Posse, Michael Jordan Touchdown Pass, Wingnut Dishwashers Union, Ramshackle Glory
Members Flash-C
Ian Skumfuk
Michael Jordan
Pat The Bunny
Rockstar Mike

Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains (sometimes known as just Johnny Hobo) were a Vermont-based, anarchist folk-punk band led by singer-songwriter Pat "the Bunny" Schneeweis.[1]


The band was the central figure of Spare Change Records, a Brattleboro-based musical collective, and consisted of songwriter Pat the Bunny on guitar and vocals, Jeff-Face on harmonica and vocals, Flash-C on trumpet, Ian Skumfuk on washtub bass and vocals, Roman on bicycle and vocals, and Rockstar Mike on washboard, bass drum, and vocals. Often at shows, it would just be Pat and his acoustic guitar and sometimes harmonica; other musicians would often join from outside the usual lineup. Alcohol, drug use, politics, and the punk scene were common themes in Johnny Hobo songs.

Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains' last show was in Hartford in January 2007. Shortly thereafter, Pat started a new band called Wingnut Dishwashers Union.



Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains released 1 demo, 3 EPs, 1 live album, and 2 split albums. As of March 2011, Pat The Bunny claims that he will no longer sell or play any Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains or Wingnut Dishwashers Union material, although the DIY Bandits website states: "We’ve been so busy around here things fell behind a bit but it seems like we are getting back into action now and have a few old projects to work on (johnny hobo/mantits tape re-issue)".[2]

  • Caught in the Act of Not Being Awesome (2005)
Split albums
  • Live at Bandit H.Q. (split with Captain Chaos) (2005)
  • Love Songs for the Apocalypse (split with Mantits) (2005)
  • Anarchy Means I Hate You (demo) (2003)
  • All Power to the Wingnuts (EP) (2005)
  • Easter Sunday Hangover (EP) (2005)
  • Chaos Infiltration Squad (EP) (2006)
  • Johnny Hobo is Dead (2006) (contains Chaos Infiltration Squad and their side of Love Songs For The Apocalypse)
  • Smash the Plate! (2009) (contains all Wingnut and Johnny Hobo songs from 2007 and earlier)