Hillside Hooligans

Hillside Hooligans

The Hillside Hooligans play gritty and soulful reggae, ska and punk-rock. Their style is characterized by honest lyrics, prominent solos, and plenty of style and tempo changes to keep things interesting.

The four founding members played together in Victoria’s reggae/punk favorites One Drop for over 6 years before starting this new project with a fresh batch of songs. They are joined by other vetrans of the Victoria ska & reggae scene to fill out their 7 piece lineup.

The name HIllside Hooligans, references the street in Victoria’s Rock Bay industrial district where their original studio, the Hidden Gem was located. They converted a grungy old warehouse into a rehearsal and recording studio that served as a musical hub and hosted legendary jams and parties, especially during skafest.

In the summer of 2009, the original studio was sold out from under them and they were forced to move into a bland office building nearby. Shortly afterwards the band had meltdown and disbanded. In early 2010, Brandon was performing a solo acoustic show when, James and Shane suprised him up on stage to back him up with bass and drums,.The Hooligans were reborn.

In late 2010 the Hooligans found what they had been looking for: a space to create a new studio even better than it’s predecessor. It would take a serious renovation, but it would be worth it.
The new Hidden Gem, was custom built to suit the needs of the Hooligans and the other bands and businesses that shared the space..

During the construction, tragedy struck. In front of a party of horrified onlookers, Shane fell from the second story mezanine onto a cement floor and table 12 feet below. Help arrived swiftly, but had flat-lined. Thankfully, the paramedics were able to revive him, and he pulled though.. The accident happened two weeks before the planned cd release of the Hooligan’s first album, Tales from Rock bay.”. The rest of the band managed to finish recording the album and performed a drummerless acoustic cd release show donating all the proceeds of the show and album to Shane’s recovery.

His recovery was nothing short of miraculous. 3 months to the day, from lying dead on the concrete, Shane was playing his drums with the Hooligans at a packed hall opening up for the Aggrolites.

Today, the new Hidden Gem is complete and buzzing. The Hooligans are hard at work recording their second album. Like it’s predecessor, and the One Drop albums, it will be self-produced and recorded entirely in their own studio, giving time for a maximum of attention to detail and creativity.

Audio

Shows

ST. PADDY'S DAY THROWDOWN featuring THE SENTIMENTS, HILLSIDE HOOLIGANS & SEXWEATHER!
V-lounge
Sat. March 17th 9:45pm - 1:30am+ doors at 9pm
$13 - $15 advance Ticket Info
Victoria BC Ska & Reggae Society is excited to present the 2nd Annual St. Paddy's Day Throwdown on St. Patrick's Day - Saturday, March 17th at V-Lounge in Victoria. Last year was such a blast we decided to do it again this year with some of our favourite ska, reggae, party bands in the Pacific Northwest & the Island.

So we decided to bring back The Sentiments from Portland, Oregon! Some of you have heard of The Sentiments as we've brought them in the past. In case you're not familiar they're a bad ass 9 piece ska/rocksteady/soul/reggae band that will keep you dancing from the first to the last note. Their last Island appearance was playing direct support to The Slackers in Dec 2016. Before that the band played at Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival at Ship Point Inner Harbour.

The Sentiments' arrival is exciting but the biggest story on this show is the fact that our favourite HILLSIDE HOOLIGANS are making a comeback taking several years off to relax and regroup. For those of you that have know the Hillside Hooligans the band consists of most of Victoria's legendary reggae/punk/ska band One Drop plus some other long time members in the Island ska/reggae scene. But if you think the fact Hillside Hooligans have been dormant for awhile must make them rusty, you're in for a surprise. During their hiatus the band has been practising consistently and recording new music. So it will be worth the wait when you see them comeback into action on St. Paddy's Day!

Rounding out this bill is Sexweather! You can't really label them with any specific genre as the band is all over the map. A mixture of rock, hip hop, punk and folk is what you'll hear presented in a Sexweather's unique way. Let's just say if you're in the mood to party Sexweather is a good band to have in your corner.