The Warthogs

Saturday 2:00PM @ The Atrium At The Alley Cat

Enviro love punk

The Warthogs is a Fort-Collins-grown psych-garage band. Their energy is infectious, their music is loud and hooky and their wardrobe is monochromatic. 

"The Hogs" as they are known by some, began as a dream snatched from the wind by a lonely farmer. A few years back, founding member Beau Baker had started a small farm in rural Maine with an ex-girlfirend. Though he loved the feel of dirt between his fingers, the relationship was nearing its end, and he was looking for a way out. To decompress, he lost himself in hours of musical revery late at night by the dim light of a single bulb in a woodshed.

Some time later, Baker found kindred spirits in multi-instrumentalist Nico Matallana and guitarist/bassist Gabe Allen at a mid-COVID backyard party in Fort Collins. The trio hit it off immediatly and began writing music together in Baker's garage. In late 2021, they brought in fiddle player Hope Radford and percussionist Brian Tremper to fully-realise their sound.

The Warthog's music can really only be described as enviro-love-punk. At times it is gentle and soothing, at other times it is wandering and jammy, more often though it is frenetic and driving. The wealth of material that the band has produced over the past year has touched on western water rights, American labor movements and, of course, the heartfelt sentiments of its five members. Come out to the show. You won't regret it.