Outlaw roots n’ roll,..... that’s the best way to describe it. The sound is definitely not something you would normally hear while walking down main street, but it’s intriguing all in itself…….then, once you catch a glance at the band and realize there are only two members and one of them is (currently) 17 years old well,..... you gotta check it out!
Residing just outside of Ventura CA, The Hubcap Stealers consists of a two member, father & son duo. Neal Sowers on the guitar and vocals, and Ian Sowers on the drums. Together they possess an edgy sound with dirty reverberated slide guitars and thick chest punching drums accompanied by Neal’s vocals, be known- these guys know how to play it thick and raw.
The Hubcap Stealers initially took off mid 2012. Neal, tired of writing the same old rock songs and wanting to write in a style that would be a little more gritty and off kilter, knew right then, that this was not for a full on rock band to take the reigns on. This is where things got interesting…….turning to his son Ian, who was 11 years old at the time and was really starting to develop as a drummer, was asked if he’d like to embark on a vision - A father/son roots ‘n roll duo. We all know that answer.
So then it was on. The Hubcap Stealers were in the game to rock n roll. Pushing boundaries as a gritty two piece band singing about Bibles, Bullets & Devils. After getting down original material they wasted no time and went directly to Red Hearse Record Studios and started bringing their first EP to life, “Bad Ground.” The Bad Ground record is definitely an eyebrow raiser for sure. (Caught the eye of Reverend Horton Heat allowing them to join a leg of his tour!) It’s got the shock value that wants to make you keep listening to see where the road goes next.
Once this was established they were all over the Ventura and Los Angeles counties performing. One of the very first performances was with a leg of The Reverend Horton Heat tour! Quite a first show for a 13 year old drummer!
Now they are tearing up the road and promoting their trademark roots n roll power duo sound performing outlaw style songs about more hell raising activities whether it be rat rods, whiskey or redemption.
The cool thing about the studio recordings is that it’s not chocked full of shit that they can’t do live. The records have the simplicity of, sticking a microphone in the middle of the studio and what you hear is what you get