The Jesse Hofbauer Experience

I am not sure specifically when this is from. Based on how it’s recorded, I think it’s sometime in 1994. I am on drums. John is on the left guitar and overdubbed acoustic. Jesse is on the other guitar in the right. I am not even sure of how this came about. Jesse was a friend of a friend. And one day showed up in my basement and John was nearby and it just happened. No rehearsals. Just live to 4-track. I love the sound of it. Definitely a transition in the way I approached recording.

This was the first 4-track recording I remember doing with a submix for the drums. I had a Ramsa live mixer I borrowed from Justin from time to time. It was about this time when “one mic” wouldn’t cut it for me. There were at least three mics. One on the bass drum. One on the snare/hi-hats and one in front of the kit. There was also this digital delay that I borrowed from John that you can clearly hear on the vocal and on the drums when Jesse isn’t singing.

There isn’t too much known about these songs. I will recount what I can. John might remember more than I do.

TV Man

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I loved the soft-LOUD-soft stuff of the 90s. I still do. I think John overdubbed acoustic guitar for the choruses and the 2nd verse. with that ADA preamp with a chorus effect. I never liked the way it was recorded. It’s too mid-bassy and overbearing. I still think this song has serious potential.

Hey Angel

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This was allegedly a Sonic Youth B-Side. I’ve never heard of it. I am thinking Jesse was just feeling self-conscious. Regardless it’s a neat little two guitars/drums song that meanders a while at the end with some choice Warrant-esque guitar solos. John had no shame, and that was what always turned me on to his playing.

Wish (edit)

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I am not sure why I am even including this. It’s more for context of what was going on at that time. Thankfully the tape ran out.

Jesse, if you are out there, get in touch with me. Word.

4 Responses to “The Jesse Hofbauer Experience”


  • Dude, that’s so crazy! He hit me up on MySpace recently, but I guess I didn’t add him? I meant to…I’ll see if I can track his profile down…as I recall, it wasn’t under his name.

  • Hey Mat! He has a MySpace page for his band, Kelly Winston Lee. Hope that helps! 🙂

  • Yeah, this is 94 or 95, but can’t remember exactly when. I do remember the whole thing was in done in one Saturday. Never saw the guy before or after the session. I’ve got the 4 track for this in the pile I’ve stuff got with the big “Send to Mat” sticker on it. Someday I’ll understand why I never bothered to get my guitars properly set up in the 90s. My intonation is horrible in the upper registers here, and worse on the Point Line Walker stuff we did in Summer of 95. $20 at veneman’s and that would have been fixed.
    Hey Angel does kind of meander, but I remember that being a pretty intentional thing. The was during the whole “10 minute long song with one two lines of lyrics” days in rock. Hence the popularity of Twisted Fish’s breakthrough track, Butterfly. (I may still have our zine writeup from that.)
    I don’t remember consciously adding distortion to the vocals… where’s that from?
    In addition to the snippet of NIN, I think we may have done some Nirvana too, if the writing on my tape is any indication. But the other two tracks were the only originals.
    And BTW, I still have no shame. I’m only worse now that I have a whammy pedal. 🙂

  • Hey matt,

    Not sure if you remember me, or if I remember you, i am gettin old. Anyway I can get a copy of those songs? Much appreciated. Hope all is well.

    Ricky Hofbauer

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