Hot Ham & Cheese formed in February 2005 when Robby Mitchell (Drums) and Charile (Vox/Guitar) jammed together for the first time after knowing each other for nearly 10 years. Bassist Louie Styx, a friend of a friend, completed the line-up in July 2005. Shortly after signing with Cleveland indie label, Jib Machine Records, HH&C released their first album (HH*C ep) in 2006, followed by a lo-fi instrumental album (beta) in 2007, their first full-length (Revolution & Revelations) in April 2008 and the Wake EPs (Part 1 in September 2011 & Part 2 in December 2012).
While touring over the years, HH&C has built a strong following thanks in part to their energetic, aggressive live shows. The group has performed across the country in cities like their hometown of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Indianapolis, New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Sacramento and Salt Lake City.
To celebrate their 10-year anniversary, the group released X Sessions in 2015, an album containing old and new live in-studio and live tracks along with a studio version of “Judy Kafer”, a song written and originally recorded by their late label mate, “Slowhand” Jack Labgold.
On November 3, 2017, HH&C released their fourth studio album, The Onions Have Eyes. The power trio shows major growth with this release both musically and lyrically as they share their perception of today’s world, reflect on personal past events and ponder their status as elder statesman of Cleveland rock.
HH&C’s sound has been described as an eclectic mix of rock, punk, funk and metal combined with insightful and to-the-point lyrics that cover all things relevant in life. They’ve been compared to the likes of Black Sabbath, Primus, Soundgarden, Clutch and the Dead Kennedys to name a few.
Charlie – Lead Vox & Guitars
Louie Styx – Bass
Robby Mitchell – Drums