Our Story

Drummer Kolbe Hockel had been playing his instrument for 15 years before ever bringing his percussive tendencies into a band setting. His strongest influences include John Bonham's highly syncopated blues style drumming and Jimi Hendrix's "lost in the music" expressiveness. With no classical training behind him, and only his feel for rhythm as a guide, Hockel hopes to remind the audience he plays for why they stare.

Photographed by Jeremy Taylor.

Drummer Kolbe Hockel had been playing his instrument for 15 years before ever bringing his percussive tendencies into a band setting. His strongest influences include John Bonham's highly syncopated blues style drumming and Jimi Hendrix's "lost in the music" expressiveness. With no classical training behind him, and only his feel for rhythm as a guide, Hockel hopes to remind the audience he plays for why they stare.

Photographed by Jeremy Taylor.

LET THERE BE SOUND. 

Our story begins with Kolbe Hockel, a plucky drummer whose passion for percussion provoked scorn among his nearest and dearest. Forced to justify his loud habit, he looked to holy words for guidance and authority: "Rock and roll ain't noise pollution!" he preached. But he preached in vain. The sound was outlawed. Bereft of accommodating ears, Hockel was lost, adrift in his own home, forbidden to let loose the thunder raging in his soul. It seemed to him that all was hopeless, that the sound of the drums beating in his heart would remain forever submerged. Little did he know that rescue was rushing toward him, ready to bring him ashore. 

THERE WAS SOUND. 

LET THERE BE DRUMS. 

As fate would have it, salvation arrived in the congenial form of Zechariah Robbins, an enthusiastic bassist who welcomed Hockel into his homey garage. This new venue immediately proved its legitimacy as a sacred place, serving not only as a sanctuary for the Hockel sound, but also as an avenue of new opportunities for musical collaboration. After experimenting for some time with many of the holy instruments the rock gods had seen fit to bestow upon them, Hockel and Robbins found their sound as a classic rhythmic duo of electric bass and acoustic drums. 

THERE WAS DRUMS. 

LET THERE BE KEYS. 

Then, one fateful day, while Hockel was hard at work honing his rhythmic craft in the shelter of the garage of lore, a neighbor passed by. And in her attentive ears, Hockel's sound rang powerfully as a sacred call of duty. Mrs. Boctor walked right up to the door and introduced herself to Robbins. She proclaimed that her son Adrian was a musician and that she was certain her son's music would resonate true with the Hockel-Robbins sound. A day later, the rhythmic duo were introduced to Adrian Boctor, a well-traveled keyboardist who had recently returned from a sojourn in the holy city of Portland.  

THERE WAS KEYS. 

LET THERE BE GUITAR. 

As this newly conceived trio began to play, each of them began to take note of a creative flow churning among them. Boctor then introduced his longtime friend Cameron MacCabe, a devout guitarist newly humbled by his distant travels to the eastern port city of New York, to complete the quartet of instrumentalists. 

THERE WAS GUITAR. 

LET THERE BE ROCK! 

The four of them played together for another month, but all the while they knew that something was missing. Boctor suggested bringing in a female singer to front the group, and perhaps by happenstance, perhaps by fate, Hockel had just recently met another aspiring musician, a singer by the name of Jess (J-Hei) Taylor. At once, the five began staring into generations of music's past, hoping to catch the gaze of music's present.  

THERE WAS ROCK!

AND THUS WERE BORN THE PEOPLE WHO STARE.

Guitarist Cameron MacCabe picked up his first guitar nearly a decade ago and has been smitten with the instrument ever since. His budding passion for the guitar quickly branched out into an interest in music theory, culminating in a BA in Music from Columbia University in 2016. Today, he disseminates his unique mix of funk, jazz, blues, and especially classic rock roots (including such influential acts as The Beatles, The Doors, Deep Purple, and Santana) to new audiences through his songwriting and guitar work for People Who Stare. Both in the practice room and on the stage, he aspires to foster a spirit of organic collaboration and communication.

Photographed by Jeremy Taylor.

Guitarist Cameron MacCabe picked up his first guitar nearly a decade ago and has been smitten with the instrument ever since. His budding passion for the guitar quickly branched out into an interest in music theory, culminating in a BA in Music from Columbia University in 2016. Today, he disseminates his unique mix of funk, jazz, blues, and especially classic rock roots (including such influential acts as The Beatles, The Doors, Deep Purple, and Santana) to new audiences through his songwriting and guitar work for People Who Stare. Both in the practice room and on the stage, he aspires to foster a spirit of organic collaboration and communication.

Photographed by Jeremy Taylor.

Keyboardist Adrian “The Doctor” Boctor began his rock career as a frontman, bandleader, and songwriter for “Dr. Boctor’s Medicine Band” in Portland, Oregon's psychedelic rock scene. He received a B.A. in Music from Reed College in 2016 focusing on music theory and composition. His musical influences include The Beatles, Jethro Tull, The Doors, and Zappa, but extend further into most psychedelic jazz, funk, and rock. With a good grounding in composition, songwriting, and the keyboard, Dr. Boctor hopes to find more psychedelic success in rock music with his new found musical collaborators.

Photographed by Jeremy Taylor.

Keyboardist Adrian “The Doctor” Boctor began his rock career as a frontman, bandleader, and songwriter for “Dr. Boctor’s Medicine Band” in Portland, Oregon's psychedelic rock scene. He received a B.A. in Music from Reed College in 2016 focusing on music theory and composition. His musical influences include The Beatles, Jethro Tull, The Doors, and Zappa, but extend further into most psychedelic jazz, funk, and rock. With a good grounding in composition, songwriting, and the keyboard, Dr. Boctor hopes to find more psychedelic success in rock music with his new found musical collaborators.

Photographed by Jeremy Taylor.

Vocalist/Auxiliary J-Hei Taylor began her musical career as a singer/songwriter back in 2015 when she released her first EP, Numb. Basing most of her music out of pop and alternative rock, her biggest influences include the song-writing styles of Demi Lovato and All Time Low, and vocal arrangement styles of Meghan Trainor. With the help of her new found musical partners, it is her hope to use music as an outlet for new experiences, self exploration, and self discovery.

Photographed by Jeremy Taylor.

Vocalist/Auxiliary J-Hei Taylor began her musical career as a singer/songwriter back in 2015 when she released her first EP, Numb. Basing most of her music out of pop and alternative rock, her biggest influences include the song-writing styles of Demi Lovato and All Time Low, and vocal arrangement styles of Meghan Trainor. With the help of her new found musical partners, it is her hope to use music as an outlet for new experiences, self exploration, and self discovery.

Photographed by Jeremy Taylor.

Saying Farewell

"The games that we used to play are now carefully tucked away in my memory." It is with solemn gratitude that the People Who Stare bid farewell to our bassist and founding member Zechariah Robbins. We thank you for your hours of dedication and musical input on In Case You Care, but it is time for our paths to separate and our stories to develop apart (as of August 27th, 2017). We will always cherish the memories you brought to our lives and the music you brought to our hearts. Thank you.

PS: We are currently looking for a bassist. Message us if interested.

"The games that we used to play are now carefully tucked away in my memory." It is with solemn gratitude that the People Who Stare bid farewell to our bassist and founding member Zechariah Robbins. We thank you for your hours of dedication and musical input on In Case You Care, but it is time for our paths to separate and our stories to develop apart (as of August 27th, 2017). We will always cherish the memories you brought to our lives and the music you brought to our hearts. Thank you.

PS: We are currently looking for a bassist. Message us if interested.