After attending the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert, I was urged by my admiration for new comer Josh Klinghoffer to look further into the enigmatic guitarist. Soon enough, I came across his solo experimental project Dot Hacker. Made up of Klinghoffer (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboard), Clint Walsh (backing vocals, guitar, keyboard), Jonathan Hischke (bass) and Eric Gardner (drums), who all bar Hischke were in the touring band for Gnarls Barkley. Forming in 2008, the group began recording but were halted by Klinghoffer’s call up to the Chili Peppers in October 2009. Josh’s new role as the post-Frusciante guitarist delayed Dot Hacker releasing any material until 2012, which saw them release their self titled EP on February 21, 2012 and subsequently debut album Inhibition was released on May 1.
To define Dot Hacker’s sound is a hard feat. It is certainly a departure from the band member’s other ventures. Inhibition is more an aural experience, a journey, rather than a collection of songs. Swooning, layered, weeping guitars, synthesizers, keyboards and Klinghoffer’s hauntingly androgynous vocals combine to create an ethereal trip.