Hook: (Noun) A hook is a musical idea, often a short riff, passage, or phrase, that is used in popular music to make a song appealing and to “catch the ear of the listener”.
I have long been a big fan of ‘the hook’. To many of us, much of today’s rock, though raw and emotive, can lack that earworm quality of rock and rolls heyday. I’m really not certain as to the reason for this. Perhaps music snobs equate infectious rock songs with ‘selling out’ or sounding ‘too contrived’. Originality in rock and roll is often obsessed upon to the point of ‘groove suicide’ (a liver and brussel sprout pizza would be original, but that doesn’t mean I would want to eat one). As a rock and roller, I have always felt pride in knowing that I was carrying on a cool, blues-based tradition, so as a songwriter, I have tried to strike a balance between cool but catchy. A mix that many of my own rock and roll heroes of the Golden Age of classic rock such as The Stones, T-Rex and Bowie did as well somewhat more contemporary bands like Jet, The Hives, The Black Keys or more recently Greta Van Fleet.
Our debut album, ‘Brass Knuckle Belt Buckle’ is loaded with such gritty, groove oriented hooks.
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If you like the track, you might also consider checking out The Jones’ debut album Brass Knuckle Belt Buckle. It is full of real deal, gritty (yet hooky) rock and roll tunes that will stick with you the way that well crafted, classic rock should. It’s a twelve pack that packs a punch and at ten bucks it’s a smart bet.