What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?
We are Half Hot, Atlanta’s premier Southern Glam band!! The origin of the name is as follows: Originally we were known as Whiskey Tango. Turns out we were not the only band using that moniker! The hand we were dealt forced us to rename and re brand ourselves. Unfortunately, we all share a sophomoric sense of humor, and all we came up with were bad puns and dick jokes. After one such suggestion and subsequent eye roll, Andrew said to Jacob, “well shit, you ain’t gotta get Half Hot about it,” a Southern phrase meaning ‘don’t get pissed’. The light bulb lit up and here we are!
What are your names, nicknames and corresponding instruments?
- Andrew ‘Goosey’ Hughes, lead vocals and guitar. Also known as Goose, Papa Goose, PG or ‘Hey asshole’.
- Jacob Hicks, drums, backing vocals, and sarcasm. Just "Hicks"... super creative right?
- Tyler Messer, Guitar and Backing Vocals. The resident bull in the china shop.
- Casey Reid, Bass Guitar and BGV. captain overkill.
If you could fill a pool with anything but water, what would it be?
Goose: Birdseed. I stuck my bare feet in bird seed once and I’ve been chasing that high ever since.
Jacob: Key Lime La Croix, just think of the bubbles.
Tyler: Noodles, you ever stick your hands in a bowl of noodles?
Casey: jello, duh.
What’s an average day like for the band?
Goose: Wake up, walk my dogs, go to my soul sucking day job, come home, crank my amp and blast the day’s troubles away with some riffage. Then bed. Oh, I eat and stuff in there too.
Jacob: I wake up in the morning and just piss excellence.
Tyler: Coffee, day job, depending on the day some teaching, working on band management (booking, art, etc…) and then jamming until bed.
Casey: Penis jokes on FB Messenger by 10am.
Where/When was your last show, when/where is your next show?
Our last show we played was a sold out show at the lovely Smith’s Olde Bar. (We'll try not to break our arms patting ourselves on the back, ha!) We were supposed to play at the world famous Clermont Lounge before this global pandemic broke out. So hopefully we can reschedule and play there next!
What are some of the best pranks you as band mates have pulled on each other?
Goose: Sometimes I think this whole thing is an elaborate rib by the other guys to get me to wear ridiculous outfits and sing in front of people. But jokes on you nerds, I love this shit!
Jacob: Wearing one of Goose's ridiculous outfits and sending him the pic. He's still salty about it now, just ask him.
Goose: He’s right, I’m saltier than the Dead Sea.
Tyler: Convincing Goose to wear more and more ridiculous shit on stage.
Casey: Singing “American Squirrel” Goose was PISSED.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
Goose: It sounds a million times better! I feel like we’ve all gotten more comfortable with our instruments and each other. We can kind of feel where the song is going and what all we need to do to get there. We can’t communicate telepathically (yet) but we’re working on it!
Tyler: We’ve grown so much as songwriters in my opinion. The songs we’re currently working on are far more diverse and fleshed out than the first record was. Even some of those first songs have taken some polish live. We’re using this 2 guitar attack to our advantage this time around!
Jacob: Well when we first started, my biggest qualification for being a drummer is that I had my own kit. I had never put any work into drumming before then, and it showed. I learned how to play in this band.
Casey: I was late to this Half Hot party, so as a whole I can’t answer that, but since my arrival I’ve noticed everyone becoming more cohesive in writing, playing and performing. I’d like to think I’m a catalyst for that, but the culture was there long before I joined. We’ve just gotten better at pulling it off.
What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite?
Goose: Playing in front of people is my favorite part of the job. Hell, it’s one of my favorite things to do in general, I was born to entertain! My least favorite part is having to break down and move equipment right after we finish playing. It’s such a buzzkill after a great set to have to move all this shit!
Tyler: Much like Goose, being on a stage is my favorite part, nothing beats that rush. Least favorite… um, I mean the time between shows? That, or all the hurry up and wait before a gig.
Jacob: My favorite part is when we get up on that stage together and let loose. Being able to give something all of what you've got is a blessing. Worst part? Loading and unloading drums. Don't let the other guys fool you, they've got wheels on their amps.
Casey: By far my favorite part is when the crowd is genuinely amped with the show. It gives an energy and a buzz that can’t be described, it has to be felt first hand. My least favorite is hurrying up for load in and holding my dick for 3-6 hours waiting to play.
If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
Goose: Probably the super fast healing like Wolverine and Deadpool. I have a penchant for getting injured!
Tyler: A set of wings would be pretty sick, that or Spider-Man’s powers.
Jacob: My superpower is making Goose crack up mid-song.
Casey: Super speed like the flash. I could get so much more shit done.
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Goose: Do it! Don’t think about it, do it! What are you waiting for? DO IT NOW!!
Tyler: It’s one of the most rewarding things you can do as a musician. But, it definitely takes work, A LOT of work. We all wear a bunch of different hats when it comes to
managing the chaos that is Half Hot.
Jacob: To quote Jason Isbell "Be afraid, be very afraid/ But do it anyway".
Casey: To truly make it as a band, you have to compromise. The best musicians aren’t necessarily the easiest to get along with. Embrace the pitfalls, they make the good times seem even better. Don’t give up! If someone tells you that you’re not good, Prove them wrong.
Who are some of your favorite musicians?
Goose: Jimmy Page is the reason I play guitar, Freddie Mercury is the reason I’m a front man, Prince is the reason I’m a perfectionist. I can listen to Stevie Ray Vaughan all day, and obviously Justin Hawkins of The Darkness is a personal hero of mine!
Tyler: Man that is such a loaded question. I have so many we’d be here forever listing them all, so I’ll give you guys the highlights; Ronny Wood, Dan Auerbach (Black Keys), Kyle Shutt (The Sword), Dennis Casey (Flogging Molly), Dave Grohl… I’ll just leave you guys with those
Jacob: Bonham, Baker, all those iconic rock drummers. Levon Helm from The Band and Fred Leblanc from Cowboy Mouth are also inspirations.
Casey: Flea, Daniel McCallum of CAKE, Billy Sheehan
What is the craziest thing you've ever received from a fan?
Goose: I can’t really think of anything too crazy. I did have somebody put a dollar bill in my catsuit at a show once, it made me feel like I must be doing something right!
Tyler: Nothing too crazy yet, it was pretty fun to watch that lady put the dollar bill in Goose’s catsuit though!
Jacob: Their time and attention.
Casey: I’m with Jacob. People, oftentimes complete strangers, give us money to do what we love, so that we may continue doing what we love. It’s a pretty crazy thing.
What song of yours means the most to you and why?
Goose: For me it was recording our song “Higher Ground”. I nailed the guitar solos in one take. I doubled the main vocal line, the backing vocals. That song just came together so well, and the lyrics are about weathering the storms in life and knowing that things will get better.
Tyler: Mine’s Brand New Way, we wrote it based on a short recording I had from trying (and failing) to learn “If I Ever Leave This World Alive” by Flogging Molly. We went through several lyrical edits, but the final one about finding your own way really hits me every time I listen to it.
Jacob: Not to take the easy answer, but pretty much all the songs we've written together and played together a hundred million times.
They've each got memories tied to them that I wouldn't trade
Casey: Wild. It’s pretty heavy, tons of fun, and easy to pull out some shenanigans to.
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If you had one thing to say to all your fans, what would it be?
Goose: Thank you! From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Without the support from fans I’d just be a dude in spandex shaking my ass to an empty room. Not that I wouldn’t do that, but it’s much more fun with a crowd!
Tyler: We really couldn’t do any of this without you! Thank you! If you’re at a show please stop us and talk to us. We'd love to spend some time with you!
Jacob: Thanks for listening. Thanks for coming out to shows. Thanks for getting down with us at those shows.
Casey: I miss you.
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