Tell me about yourselves? How did you all meet? Where are you all from?
We met in school initially and played a battle of the bands competition and kept it going from there. We’ve had a couple of lineup changes since then so we are 3/4 from airdrie and 1/4 Hogganfield.
What are your names and what position do you have in the band?
Martin Lynch – vocals/guitar
Bruce Murray – bass/vocals
Chris McCann – guitar/vocals
Matthew Preston – drums
What if anything does your band name mean/Why are you called that?
Hoobastank. That is all. Nah, we had a class vote in school before the battle of the bands competition we played and The Reason was the winner. I think after that you need to give the name it’s own meaning to you personally, and I think we all have that individually.
Describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?
That’s a hard one. To us it’s a combination of everything we like and wished music was. We feel like that kinda evolves with every tune we come out with and that can only be a good thing. We think it’s music that people should hear and music people get a good feeling listening to.
What song(s) do you remember most from your childhood?
Mostly the pop music of our time growing up. I was big on N-Dubz which I shouldn’t admit so openly. But pop music of the early 2000’s, sugarbabes, McFly, busted, the time warp, are all ingrained in my brain.
Do you have a process for writing your songs?
Not necessarily, I feel that if we structure that too much then it becomes forced and not a true reflection of what we’re capable of. A good song will naturally come to you and the best ideas come naturally in my opinion.
Have you released any music yet, and if so how has it been received?
Yeah we’ve released loads of music, and swiftly removed it. We were too keen to have music on platforms to begin with and didn’t really understand the process enough but I think we have a good grasp now. We have one song up at the moment, Just The Same which has been well received and is a big tune.
Are you planning any music releases for the near future?
Yes, loads. Depending on when this is released we might have actually released another song. Our new single Never Let Me Down comes out on the 9th of August and we’re so buzzing about it. After that we have about 4 or 5 songs just waiting to be bestowed upon the world.
If you have released music, where can fans to be find it?
Everywhere, our music is on all streaming and buying platforms, it’s on all sites known to mankind I’m sure.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?
We’ve played Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Essex oddly enough. I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed a venue we’ve played ever, it’s always been good for one reason or another. And I think we all have different favourites, my personal favourites have to be the ABC, St Luke’s and King Tuts! I can’t choose one.
Do you have any gigs in the near future, and if so where and when?
We are supporting Only Shadows on 27 September in broadcast with This Feeling which we’re absolutely buzzing about. We also have a show on Halloween supporting a band called Kanadia which should be loads of fun also.
How do you balance your music with other obligations?
It’s hard, it’s definitely one of the hardest things about being in a band and I think that’s why we’ve had so many lineup changes. Because we need people on our level commitment wise, because we’re fully committed to making it as a band, whatever that means.
Following on from that question, what has been your biggest challenge as a band and have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so then how?
I think there are many massive challenges, being skint 24/7 is a hard one for rehearsals and equipment and transport to gigs etc. The biggest challenge for me is varying levels of commitment. If you’re in our band, or you’ve seen us before or even met us before, you’ll know it’s all we go on about because we care so much about making it a success.
And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, living or dead, would you have dinner with and why?
That’s a very hard one, Bruce said Freddie Mercury cause he’d like to know what his process was in terms of songwriting and what he was thinking about when writing the songs. I’d say Harambe.
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