The Hip Abduction to play the Bottle & Cork

The bassist for the up-and-coming, genre-bending band The Hip Abduction, Chris Powers, will return to his home state of Delaware on July 5 to perform in Dewey Beach.

Powers started playing the bass when he was just nine years old.

“The other kids in the neighborhood had guitars and wanted to be in a band, so my mom rented a bass,” he said.

Powers was born in Wilmington and grew up in Hockessin. His parents once owned a house in Bethany Beach. The now 35-year-old moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, when he was 14, and started writing music with The Hip Abduction’s lead singer, David New, in 2007.

The Hip Abduction also features musicians Pat Klemawesch and John Holt III on guitar, Dave Johnson on saxophone, Sean Fote on keyboards and Matt Poynter on drums. Holt and Klemawesch also play the kamale ngoni, a West African harp. All the band members can play multiple instruments, and The Hip Abduction’s songs often feature a variety of hand percussion instruments.

The versatile septet’s sound has been called “tropical indie rock.”

“I don’t know what I think about that, but we’ll take it,” laughed Powers.

The Hip Abduction’s music doesn’t really fit within the parameters of a single genre. Their music includes African, island, reggae, world, jam band, pop, rock, electronic and tribal sounds, just to name a few. Powers cited Paul Simon’s “Graceland” as a major influence for the band.

“The new direction is definitely a lot more chill-wave, electronic music,” Powers said. “It’s dance-centric.”

And The Hip Abduction does inspire a lot of dancing, as their name suggests. They’re booked through the summer on the music festival circuit, playing both weekends of this year’s Electric Forest festival (on June 25 and 29) in Rothbury, Michigan, and at moe.down in Turin, New York on June 30. They’ll play a variety of other festivals and venues along the east coast and in Tennessee and Canada before the tour ends.

“We play in the jam band scene a lot, like we played Jam Cruise this past summer, but we also play in reggae scenes,” Powers said. “Then we played a festival with Weezer and Fall Out Boy, so we’re all over the place.”

The Hip Abduction has played Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach before, but they’ll hit the Bottle & Cork for the first time on Wednesday, July 5, the day after the Fourth of July.

“So the drive down 95 will be fun,” Powers said sarcastically. “But we’re super excited. Actually, my mom is really excited, because she used to party [at the Bottle & Cork] in the ‘70s.”

Traffic can sometimes be a boon for the band, whose tour bus features a recording studio. The Hip Abduction is currently demoing a new album and will soon announce a national tour in the fall in support of a yet-to-be-revealed major artist.

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