Written by Madeline Mcphail
Father and Son Rock Duo, The Hubcap Stealers
Never underestimate the power of the duo, especially when the two band members are father and son. Neal and Ian Sowers spend their bonding time stomping and rocking the stage in their two piece band called The Hubcap Stealers. Recently, the two took home Best Rock Band Award at the Ventura County Music Awards 2017. “We were really surprised when they called our name at the awards. We didn’t expect it at all.” How they felt about winning the award is how everyone feels after seeing them live, shocked. The two are notorious for having a rich, thick and punchy sound. “A lot of people don’t know this, but we actually get our thick sound from playing in open slide tuning.” But their style of tuning isn’t the only wow factor they bring. Ian, son and drummer of The Hubcap Stealers, is a pretty impressive drummer for his age (17). When the two first started Ian was just 12 years old. One of their first shows was held at The Majestic Ventura Theatre opening for Reverend Horton Heat. “I remember looking at Ian’s face as we walked on stage and his eyes opened wide as he saw the crowd of about 400 people in the audience.” Despite his stage fright, he still did phenomenal and left the theatre craving more.
Since then, The Hubcap Stealers have been growing in success. Last year, 805 beer was inspired by their story and now helps with their tour expenses, gets them some pretty cool gigs and stocks them up with some free beer to pass out while on the road. They travel around nationally in their very own tour van playing festivals, concerts and even at a Goorin Bros Hat shop in Las Vegas. While having a conversation with them, you’ll notice how genuinely cool the two are as they share stories of touring and some pretty hilarious experiences. From the time the cops got called on them for playing too loud, multiple times, to the time Neal got bit by a horse and wrote a song about it. “An ongoing joke we have is about one of our songs called Run And Hide. The song is about this one time I was walking late at night and a horse bit my chest. People tend to think it’s a song about getting even with someone but really it’s about how I just want to get even with this horse.”
Currently, they are finishing their fourth record, Bibles For Bullets. The album contains nine tracks and even a mysterious ghost track. The release date for the album is expected to be end of October followed by a new video they are working on with 805. You can listen to their music on Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and other streaming platforms. To keep up with current news, upcoming shows and more visit their site HupcapStealers.com.