NYC-based artist, blogger, and performer. A lover of thrifting, collector of Spotify playlists, and enthusiast of cheap wine.
It’s always so unbelievably refreshing to come across bands driven by an insatiable thirst for knowledge, truth and experimentation. Artists who put honesty and love at the forefront of their work deserve a different kind of credit. To take on large-scale artistic endeavors is extremely admirable. For musical duo HOAX, their latest concept album “b?” is a behemoth of a project. Members Michael Raj and Frantz Caesar have crafted not only a 17-track album, but a powerful and painful narrative. Each song is from the new perspective of a character affected by a tragedy. Here, we blend together legitimate storytelling with innate and careful sound in blissful harmony. HOAX’s music is rooted in analyzing the human experience. They have managed to take small, simpler ideas (being and doing) and spin them into indie philosophy.
One song from “b?” that stood out to me was wasting time. The scariest inevitability of the human experience is that every moment we are losing time. But, what is time, anyways? Can it be measured beyond our physical realm? Does it pertain to everything and everyone, or just to us on Earth? If we are only allotted so much time to live and love, how do we spend that time correctly so in the end, when we look back, we are satisfied? These are some of life’s most monstruous questions and their answers will slip through your fingers the minute you find them. wasting time is the Queens-based indie-pop-rock duo’s catharsis to these brain-fogging riddles. Its lyrics are meaningful and deep, all while floating above the track’s “modern vintage” zeal. Take a listen the next time you feel yourself slipping into time-warp madness, and come back down to Earth with HOAX’s help.