This Will Only Hurt the First Time
HECTOR is a three-piece hard rock band from Hectorville, Oklahoma. The band was born out of a desire to reach two common goals. First, we wanted to create our own brand of commercially viable, original rock music - a sound linked with the familiar legacy of rock n' roll, but with a stamp and a flavor from our own neck of the woods. Second, we wanted to channel our creative energies into live performances that infect our listeners with enthusiasm for what we do best. In sum, our mission as HECTOR is about writing music that we enjoy deeply, and about sharing our music with audiences in ways that evoke the best possible feelings that can be experienced at a live rock show. Since our beginnings in December, 2007, we have made strides in achieving these goals - we are developing a reputation as a great live band with original songs that people are eager to hear again and to own for themselves. HECTOR's Influences HECTOR is influenced largely by the classic rock of the 60's and 70's, metal from the 80's and 90's, and blues-rock in general - although the full range of our musical influences is difficult to summarize. Our sound has been compared to those of acts such as Led Zeppelin, Clutch, Pantera, Alice in Chains, the Doors, the Beatles, AC/DC, the Deftones, Black Sabbath, Derek and the Dominoes, and Guns n' Roses, just to name a few. However our influences surface in any particular song, we strive to keep the music simple, honest, and catchy - centered around catchy riffs, lyrical content and melody, and grooving rhythms. HECTOR's Members JEFF FIELDS is singer, lyricist, and bassist for HECTOR. Jeff has been a singer since early childhood, and began formal music training on saxophone, guitar, and bass at age 11. The late Tulsa guitar legend Mike Bruce was a close friend and neighbor, so much of Jeff's knowledge of guitar and bass stems from their relationship. Jeff has spent the last 20 years honing his songwriting and performance skills in a number of bands and solo projects. Some past projects include: (in Tulsa, OK) Rated R, Den of Thieves, Three Days Crazy, Brian Grey Trio, (in Dubuque, IA) the Firewood Revival, (in Madison, WI) Narwhal, Stonefloat, Venice Gas House Trolley, Calico Drifters, Dwarves of Yore, and Blood Jewel. PATRICK WOOD is the guitarist for HECTOR. Perhaps because his father played guitar, Patrick began playing guitar at a very early age - around 6 or 7 years old. Patrick has also received training in piano and bass guitar. Having such an early start with guitar meant that Patrick soon found himself playing with older, more seasoned musicians than his own peer group could offer. These experiences have shaped Patrick's guitar playing into a mature, hook-driven art form. Patrick was involved with one band before HECTOR, the Tulsa-based group Outmind, in which he served as bassist. PAUL COOK is the drummer for HECTOR. Paul began formal training on drums and guitar at age 11. Since his father was an active musician, Paul spent a considerable amount of his time growing up around older musicians. Combining this experience with his general love of music, Paul has developed into a well-rounded musician with a vast knowledge of songs and a wizened ear for songwriting. Paul's past projects have included several Tulsa-based bands: Rated R, Den of Thieves, Methodose, Chozen, and Outmind.