Scottish ska-core crew The Hostiles release a new video for ‘To Err Is Human’ on 29th April and the band also drop their long awaited album ‘Last Call’, which lands via Bubble Tea Records on Friday 15th July.
The Hostiles capture the upbeat energy of US west coast ska punk in the scarcely-sunny climes of west coast Scotland. Described by Punktastic.com as “upbeat, effervescent, bouncy and danceable”, the crew are noted for delivering highly energetic sweat-drenched live performances, underpinned by a two-pronged brass backbone of trombone. Born in Ayr back in 2001, The Hostiles began with brothers Josh (Guitar), and Chris (Bass), who grew up in the States before moving to Scotland in their teens. Joined by local like-minded ska-lovers, Callum Douglas (Drums), Steve Bruce (Trombone) and later Joe Stainke (Trombone), their sound, echoing heavier skacore acts like Capdown, Lightyear and King Prawn, was firmly formed. Since releasing their debut album in 2009, The Hostiles have played hundreds of gigs and captured cult followings through the UK, Europe and beyond.
The band’s debut album Always Looking Forward cunningly caught The Hostiles’ formidable live reputation on record. Produced by Tim G (Sonic Boom Six) and mastered by Peter Miles (The King Blues), it was greatly admired by Big Cheese Magazine, declaring the album “infectious and overflowing with energy”. The album hit the ground running, with a release night show in Glasgow supporting Catch 22. Gigs followed with the likes of Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Zebrahead, The Mad Caddies, Strike Anywhere, and many more, allowing The Hostiles to hone their live show and become worthy headliners in their own right.
With tracks now dispersed throughout a plethora of compilations in Japan, USA, UK and Italy, and with a series of support slots, festival appearances and a European tour under their belts, The Hostiles never stop honing their sound and writing new music. After their debut, they put out the interim Late Nights… And Early Hours EP and the single For A Good Time Call 07946058526, before turning their attention to their eagerly awaited new album. Well worth the wait, their new album, Last Call, hits the scene this July and is brimming with infectious ska-fused punk rock. From the stunning opener Ed Knows, to their new single To Err Is Human (which lands at the end of month), the record bounces and flows with limitless energy and groove. Be sure to catch the band this Summer before they break out to the masses.
May 1st – Old Town Street Food Festival, Edinburgh
5th- Monty’s Bar, Dunfermline
6th – The Venue, Dumfries
7th – Basement, Dundee
12th – Bar Bloc, Glasgow
13th – Lounge 41, Workington
14th – New Cross Inn, London
May 15th – The Packhorse, Leeds