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February 7, 2014

Hoots & Hellmouth is something to holler about

MILLHEIM -- They’ve performed at thousands of dive bars, a few farms and other various venues from Pennsylvania to California. Now the Philly-based band Hoots & Hellmouth is headed to Millheim for a show that will make folks hoot and holler.

Tomorrow night the Elk Creek Café will welcome the popular band for an evening of music that’s more difficult to explain than the band’s ambiguous moniker.

“We gave up trying to describe our music years ago. I can’t say it’s amazing — since it can be and can’t be at times,” said band member Rob Berliner.

The band’s music can be Americana and controlled discombobulation of rock to a bunch of different styles mixed into one,” he said. “What I can say about our music is that the proof is in the pudding.”

The group’s unusual name is a combination of a band member’s last name, Hoots, while the Hellmouth part is the nickname of a former member.

Put the two names together and you get a band that looks, sounds and is different than anything you might have experienced in the past.

For those lucky enough to have experienced their music, they would agree with Berliner’s comment on the difficulty pinpointing the style and vibe of the band that was formed about nine years ago.

Evolving, uninhibited and controlled frenzy are a few adjectives that come close to describing this hybrid form of music.

“Our shows are very energetic and a lot of fun for the band and the audience,” he said. “We play nothing but original music written by Sean Hoots. His songwriting skills are really good and that shows in the lyrics and the music we perform,” said a very laidback Berliner during a recent phone interview that found the Philly resident returning from the gym.

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