Born and raised near Tucson, Nathan Hose says “nobody” leaves his hometown. He wanted to make music, so he split and moved to Long Beach in 2000.
The fruits of his labor as N8NOFACE is “Bound to Let You Down,” a collection of songs inspired by “break-ups, addiction and life lived outside the lines of the law.”
“Everything inspired this,” he adds. “Everything I’ve lived through and done is in this album. My subject matter is something you might find in a punk song. Growing up, I was around a lot of guys who lived outside of the law. I tell stories like that.
“I had a ton of friends from Nogales — even in my high school years. Growing up in Tucson, everybody was doing some kind of narco trafficking. I was the black sheep of my crew. I love music, and I’d drag them to concerts.”
He took one of his friends, who was half-Black and half-Mexican with braids and jewelry, to a Rev. Horton Heat show. In the crowd, Hose says, the friend did not look like he belonged there.
“He ended up digging it,” he says. “I’ve had the same circle of friends since I was 14. I’m 40 now.”
“Bound to Let You Down” is a melding of ’80s/’90s nostalgic synthpunk and grimy rap. He bought his first drum machine online because Tucson stores didn’t have anything unique — just mariachis, he says.
“I wanted to do weird stuff,” he adds. “I came up listening to rap and hip-hop in my younger years.”
Every day Hose works on music, while others go home after their job and play “Call of Duty.” He’s obsessed with producing music.
“It’s something I just can’t stop doing,” he says.