Poulos, who had previously lived in Germany, came up with group's name erroneously believing that the word was slang for reaching the highest state of inebriation possible. Poulos was in the band only long enough to name them, so Fuccillo and Funk soon recruited Matthew Arnold, John Vasallo, and Josh Hanson, and they were soon gigging live. Funk, Fuccillo, and especially Vasallo have all traveled to various parts of Asia to find new instruments and explore other music cultures. By the next year and with help from Faust guitarist Steve Lobdell as well as Mike Lastra from Smegma, they started work on their first CD, I Love You, and in May 1999 the album was released on Road Cone.
Lobdell occasionally showed up to perform live with Hochenkeit, whereas Hanson had been ousted before the CD came out, though he does appear on I Love You. A second album, Omu4h 4aholab/400 Boys, recorded in 1999 and 2000, came out in November 2000 and was also engineered by Lobdell and on the Road Cone label. Hochenkeit often went on hiatus, sometimes for weeks or even months, when any of the bandmembers were out of town, sometimes on trips to Asia to pick up new instruments and experience new cultures, or in late 1999, when Fuccillo temporarily moved to Burlington, VT. ~ Rolf Semprebon, All Music Guide Read more on Last.fm.
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