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For over twenty years, Matt Hole has proven to be a true rock-n-roller, if not the truest in Corpus Christi. Now, armed with brand new band mates and a slew of new material, Hole is ready to reinvigorate the South Texas rockabilly scene with a fresh new start.
Hole and his Hot Rod Gang first launched onto the Corpus Christi music scene in the early 90’s, with the release of their popular first album, Magazine Dream in 1994. Two more albums followed, along with success overseas.
Now, after playing for fifteen years with the previous incarnation of Matt Hole & the Hot Rod Gang, those band members have decided to move on to other projects and other cities - but for Matt, that hasn’t slowed him down.
“I’m going to keep on moving on,” said Hole. “And these new guys, they are a lot younger than me, so hopefully they can bring some cool ideas to the table.”
These new guys happen to be drummer Cody Strong and bass player J.M. (Juan Manuel) Muniz - two of the most prolific musicians in Corpus Christi.
“I like the way they both play. It’s kind of a package deal with them. They play together; they play in other bands together,” continued Hole. “So, it makes sense to approach two people who already know each others way of playing.”
Gone are the days of multiple city tours and all-nighters - but for Hole, the direction of the current Hot Rod Gang is leading him right where he wants to be. The songs, according to Hole, are going to be the same, if not better, and they’re going to be played the same, if not better. The visual aspect of the band was something that used to be important to Hole, but not so much anymore.
These days, the music is more important.
“I want us to just be the strongest the band has been,” said Hole. “I’m not necessarily looking for any kind of growth; I don’t want to spread out further. The truth is, and I’m sure the guys already know by now - I like to keep it local.”