After eight years, four releases, and one distinct lineup change, Andrew Moore says it's time for Kane Hodder to call it good. The band will wrap up its tenure with a December 18 show at the Coffee Oasis in Bremeton (their hometown), and a December 19 gig at El Corazon with Schoolyard Heroes, Sirens Sister, and These Arms Are Snakes. "I had been looking for a while of an appropriate way to end Kane Hodder," Moore said of the hardcore band he founded in Bremerton in 2002. "It just seemed to be kind of rambling along with no purpose."
To wrap things up, Kane Hodder -- currently featuring Moore (vocals), Eric Christianson (guitar), Charley Potter (drums), Jerome Sauer (guitar), Aaron Yost (bass) -- will bring back former members Jeremy White (guitar) and Nick Cates (bass) who were part of the band's classic lineup. Both incarnations of the band will perform at the Bremerton show, and the classic lineup will play a condensed set at El Corazon.
"I think if I would have gone back and done things different, I think when Jeremy and Nick left (in 2006), we should have stopped," Moore says.
Not that he hasn't enjoyed playing with Yost and Sauer. But he feels like he may have cheated them a little.
"I wish (we) would have just started over with a new group and wrote songs fresh," he says. "By the time Nick and Jeremy quit, things were already looking down for us. And I think we just didn't want to see that."
Kane Hodder is known for their incendiary live shows, ravenous fan base, and an insistence on eschewing the standard verse/chorus/verse rock and roll format. Every song had enough verses to fill a EP.
"I'm gonna miss it," Moore says. "But I can't say that I really regret any moment of it. I don't want to be mourning the loss of anything. I want the last shows to be more celebrating the awesome times I had with, you know, my best friends who I got to play with, and all the people that were there watching us and all that. I'm kind of hoping that it's more that kind of vibe, and I think it will be."