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St Austell-raised blues brothers are back with The Hoax

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

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BRITISH Blues Hall of Famers, The Hoax, have returned to the international stage with the release of their first album in 15 years.

The band features brothers Robin and Jesse Davey, who spent their childhood in the St Austell area while their father was a gardener at Lanhydrock.

The album was funded by pledges from fans to the tune of $20,000 and recorded in Southern California, where Robin now lives.

The resulting album entitled Big City Blues scored the band a No 1 hit on the British Blues charts upon its release in August 2013.

The Hoax found fame in the mid to late 1990s when the young blues band were signed by legendary producer Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, David Bowie) to Atlantic/Warner Records.

In 1999, after 2,000 gigs and three albums, the band decided to call it quits, leaving a gaping hole in the UK blues scene.

The various members of the band went on to achieve much success with their individual projects. Robin and Jesse signed to Interscope in the USA, and recorded with the likes of Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, Katy Perry, Joss Stone and Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics.

In 2010 the band reunited to play a string of sold-out shows across Europe. It wasn't until 2013 that the bands individual commitments allowed time for them to contemplate recording a new album together. In April the band set up a page on fan funding site, sponsume.com, and within a week they had reached their goal.

Speaking on the phone from his home just south of LA, Robin told What's On: "We weren't sure what the reaction would be when we asked fans to fund a new album, so to reach the target in a week was amazing. It's really solidified our relationship with our fans.

"We originally split because it had become so relentless and we were still so young – I was 14 when we formed, so we all needed to do other things.

"However, it reached a point where people were asking us to do shows and we though, 'why not?' This will be our biggest tour for years."

You can see The Hoax at Exeter Phoenix this Thursday.

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