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King Hobo | Mauga

A Scandinavian side-project supergroup serves up some southern-fried blues-rock.

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WHO ARE THEY? A Swedish sorta-supergroup side project featuring Kamchatka singer-guitarist Thomas Juneor Andersson, ex-Opeth bassist Per Wibert and Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster.

WHAT IS THIS? Their first album in over a decade — and their second high-volume shot of guitar-driven retro-rock.

WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? Despite some of the players’ Scandinavian heritage and/or proggy pedigrees, they come off like a funky, southern-fried blues-rock band. Think Clutch without all the weirdness and you’re in the ballpark.

WHAT WOULD BE A BETTER TITLE FOR THIS ALBUM? Old, New, Borrowed and Blues.

HOW SHOULD I LISTEN TO IT? On a playlist with their parent bands.

WHAT 10 WORDS DESCRIBE IT? Swampy, soulful, groovy, beefy, flowing, jammy, swinging, bouncy, energetic, nostalgic.

WHAT ARE THE BEST SONGS? The opening title cut lays down the funky gauntlet — and Good Stuff picks it up — while Listen Here brings the rock crunch.

WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY THINK? That none of them should quit their day jobs.

HOW OFTEN WILL I LISTEN TO THIS? Not often enough to make it worth your while.

IF THIS ALBUM WERE FOOD, WHAT KIND OF FOOD WOULD IT BE? Leftover meatloaf.

SHOULD I BUY, STREAM OR STEAL? Depends on how you feel about giving money to hobos.