Ever wondered what a hambone is? What does “keep it trippy 2050” mean? How can a shakeweight be used as a musical instrument? All these questions and more were raised during my interview with Hibbity Dibbity after their recent show at Slims. The band is made up of three USF students, junior Christian Hasselberger, an English major and music minor on keyboard, harmonica, accordion, and vocals, junior Tom Relling, also an English major and music minor on vocals, guitar and shakeweight, senior Parker Simon, a philosophy major and music minor on bass guitar and hambone, USF graduate Chris Braun, and SF State sophomore Jack Gehegan on drums and vocals. The band members, who collectively describes their sound as soul butter, sweet juju vibes, happy times, and psychedeliciousness (or rock infused with folk elements) came together backstage to discuss everything about their unique style.
FOGHORN: How did you guys meet?
Chris Braun: I met Christian first. We played in a band called Ghost Town Refugees. I met Tom on Halloween — he thought I was dressed as a Mormon — actually I was dressed as Andrew Jackson and my brother was dressed as Abraham Lincoln. Tom came up to us and said “are you guys Mormons?” and that’s the first time we met.
Tom Relling: I remember the first time Parker and I jammed (turns to Parker) – I’ll be honest you weren’t holding it down. But you’re at ground zero right now. And surely but slowly we ended up playing at Slim’s.
FOGHORN: How long have you been playing together?
FOGHORN: Now to the most important question of them all: Where did that name come from?
FOGHORN: And the second most important question: Why was Tom using a shakeweight on stage?
FOGHORN: Parker, you also play a somewhat interesting “instrument” as well: What is the “hambone”?
FOGHORN: And how did you develop your sound together?
FOGHORN: What artists are you inspired by?
Parker Simon: Each member of the band is into different music, Jack’s into hip-hop, Christian likes electronic.
Chris Braun: We all have a similar interest toward jazz, that’s what brought us together, and that has influenced us in a huge way.
Parker Simon: We are bass for life, we keep it trippy 2050.
FOGHORN: What’s been your coolest gig so far?
FOGHORN: Last question. What is your goal as a band?