The Hooters are one of the bands that have been playing their music since the 1980s and who are still very active and successful with their music. And the Hooters are one of the bands who make use of the mandolin in their songs. Eric Bazilian plays the mandolin or mandola, John Lilly plays mandolin too in some songs. The Hooters do also use the recorder, the accorion or the melodica in their songs.
Some of the songs by the Hooters are well known and very popular, like Johnny B., All you Zombies or Satellite.
There are some live videos from the 1980, but I haven’t discovered a video with the mandolin from that time. But in the videos from recent years I have found many examples of songs with one or two mandolins. In some videos Eric Bazilian plays a doubleneck instrument with electric mandolin and guitar.
Let’s start with the song Karla with a K which has a long introduction with mandolin and accordion:
The Hooters – “karla with a k”
Another famous song is Johnny B. which starts with a recorder melody:
The Hooters – Johnny B (live in Hamburg Fabrik am 09.06.09)
Concert in Arena of Pop – Mannheim 2009 – with mandola and mandolin
Read more “The Hooters – Great Songs with Mandolins, Accordion, Recorder and Melodica”
I have found the Feral Conservatives on tumblr. The Feral Conservatives are an independent rock band from the Eastern Coast of Virginia consisting of songwriters Rashie Rosenfan (vocals, mandolin) and Matt Francis (drums).
I like the combination of drums and electric mandolin with the singing of Rashie Rosenfan – it’s great to have a progressive band that uses the mandolin!
Feral Concervatives – Friend Bail Always
The Strive EP is available at bandcamp:
Playlist Feral Conservatives
The use of the mandolin brings an entirely different element to their sound the easily becomes favorable.
Feral Conservatives (bandcamp)
Feral Conservatives (website)
Feral Conservatives News (tumblr)
Feral Conservatives youtube channel