A typical father-son activity might be playing catch, making model airplanes or working on a car, but Bill Hocher and his son Jesse decided to form a rock band.
“We always try to have a little fun and have a good time when we perform together,” Hocher said.
Originally, the band was called the Raw Racks but after discovering a number of other bands with the same name, Jesse Hocher thought it best to keep it simple and call themselves The Hochers.
“We’ve been doing this for a long time,” Jesse Hocher said. “It’s been more than 10 years, but we’re always looking to get better.”
The Hochers performed at the Parkside Pub, located at 24-14 149 St. in Whitestone, on Saturday, their first gig in five years, but with their new album “Let It Shine” dropping in November, Jesse Hocher wanted to get some practice in.
“We hadn’t performed since 2008 but I think with the album coming out, it’s kind of necessary for us to shake some of the rust off and do a set before we do all ‘Let It Shine’ songs,” he said.
The Hochers describe themselves as a rock fusion group with R&B, soul, jazz and funk influences.
Traces of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the group’s favorite bands, can easily be distinguished in their sound, particularly in “Hour Glass,” a song they performed in the pub.
The band is an eclectic group of three. Bill Hocher, who has worked with such notables as Hall and Oates and The Rascals, is more of the quiet type, but that dissolves almost instantaneously when drummer Tony Jimmerez, a Corona resident, counts him in.
Jesse Hocher is more lively, both on stage and off. The audio engineer who grew up in Whitestone is a bit of a clown, cracking jokes with Jimmerez while tuning his guitar.
Jimmerez, who wore a floral print shirt to the gig, is another character who sucks down orange and cranberry drinks faster than most people can sip a glass of water.
“It’s really been lovely spending 10 years with these guys and watching us grow and learn and become better musicians,” Jimmerez said.
The band hopes to have one more show around Halloween or Thanksgiving before their album is released. No final performance date has been set, but you can check out their Facebook page for updates.