The mid 1990’s, an era dubbed by the media as the South African Music Explosion, a renaissance of which Cape Town was very much at the heart… This was the climate gave birth to Hog Hoggidy Hog.
The Hogs, as they are affectionately known, burst on to the scene as 4-piece outfit in 1995. They fused together an amalgamation of ska, punk, thrash with a bit of traditional Africa sounds and even some jazz and doo-wop thrown into the mix, seamlessly blended together along with dollop of infectious humour and an extremely healthy dose of rock ‘n roll attitude, creating a sound that is unmistakably their own.
In 1998, the unique Hog sound evolved even further with the addition of a horn section to their line-up. The band was a hit ever since the first time blasted their way onto the live music circuit, and have not once looked back, leaving a trail of smiling faces, bleeding ear drums and empty beer bottles in their wake. They have received high praises from fans and critics alike and developed a reputation as one of the most formidable live acts in the country.
The music of Hog Hoggidy Hog is loud and in your face and even though they’re definitely not about to apologise for it, they still effortlessly manage to endear themselves to just about anyone regardless of age or inclination, straddling the fine line between commercial appeal and punk rock integrity, of which they have both, with the greatest of ease.
Hog Hoggidy Hog have been hailed as the godfathers of the SA punk and ska scenes and as far as the majority of the country is concerned their name is basically synonymous with the genre.
Since their inception, the Hogs have headlined just about every major music festival in South Africa and have also successfully exported their sound internationally having completed two extremely well received European tours covering countries such as England, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Slovenia and Austria.
They have shared the bill with some of the biggest international bands in their genre including, amongst others, acts such as Nofx, Mad Caddies and Lagwagon. With already six albums under their belt, Hog Hoggidy Hog are set to shake things up yet again this year with their latest and much anticipated release, Method to the Madness.
What started out as a cult following 14 years ago has evolved into a broad global fanbase, music lovers across the globe eagerly await the latest offering from the Hogs, proving once again that the indisputable force that is Hog Hoggidy Hog is here to stay!