The Short Version:
Once upon a time, a long, long, not so long time ago there was someone named Christopher who was lost in the Black Forest of his mind. He makes music by himself and sometimes the occasional friend will stop by his little house and add a little noise to his songs.
All the recording and mixing is done by Christopher at his studio CHAOS Recorders, where he engineers and produces other like-minded, and lost artists. No one knows how the story will end, but he will continue to make music and art until fate drops a boulder on his head.
The Long Version:
Christopher Hoffee has been making music for a long time now. His first serious band was way, way back in 1990 with the forming of Blacksmith Union in San Diego. The band did well. He made 3 albums with them, signed with Burt Bacharach's publishing company Feedbach and then broke off with the band due to the band contracting the dreaded "self-destruct just when things were going good" virus.
Moving back to his hometown, Memphis, Tennessee...Christopher started writing material for his next band Fivecrown which formed in San Diego in 1997. They put out two albums on his own label Populuxe Records and things were going well until they contracted the other dreaded disease, the "I just wanna play on the weekends...ummm...maybe not. Maybe only one weekend night and maybe a Monday or Tuesday, but certainly not both" virus.
A solo project seemed imminent. Hence Atom Orr which started in 2002. After releasing 3 albums "Wake", "Noir", and "Asterisk", Christopher formed another band called the Truckee Brothers in 2004 and went by an a.k.a. "Cady Truckee". The band released 4 albums and seemingly was doing swimmingly well until they caught the same virus that Blacksmith Union caught...the "self-destruct just when things were going good" virus.
Prepared as all Boy Scouts are for these contingencies and it having it happen a few times, Christopher had not stopped his Atom Orr project and had released "Searching For Sparrows", the EP "Los Feliz" and "This Was Tomorrow". "Galaxies With Long Yellow Curtains"...released in July 2012. An album consisting of loosely based "Space" theme, with a few odd choices including a song, wrote using words and phrases during the turn of the 19th century. "Flotsam and Jetsam" was released August 13, 2013, 11 songs of psychedelic, harmonious, with oceanic expanse. "Smoke Through A Keyhole" released October 7th, 2014 has deceptively only 4 songs. These are not even really songs but 7-8 minute pieces with 3-4 movements in each. Christopher really wanted to deconstruct the idea of a song with verse, chorus, or bridges, but rather just flow to where he is led. These are not jams, but developed and carefully written pieces. A full-length video was also made to be paired with it. December of 2014, "Handful Of Dust" was released as a collection of lost songs that never made it to their respective albums at the time. Taking the lead with Smoke Through A Keyhole, "Light In The Doorway" is the deconstructed sister to Smoke Through A Keyhole also and released on April 15th, 2016. Taking a break from the heavy art albums, Christopher released a cover song album of his favorite songs of childhood, singing everything from Nina Simone to Roy Orbison. Titled "Rainy Day...Sunday Afternoon..." it is just his single voice and a baritone acoustic guitar.
His latest album "Shadowland" was loosely inspired by Carl Jung's "Red Book" and implicit opposites, like Light, Dark, Love, and Emptiness. Using instrumentation like electric baritone guitars, lap steels, pedal steels, and organs, it lends itself to a desert wasteland feel, but there is nothing country about it.
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For even more information you should gander at the interview of Christopher by Jon Kanis/Troubadour Magazine.