The Hostiles are a ska-punk band from Ayr, Scotland, described by Punktastic.com as ‘upbeat, effervescent, bouncy and danceable’. Reflecting the transatlantic origins of the band members themselves, their sound introduces sunny US ska-punk to slamming Scottish ska-core, dragging the best of both of these musical worlds kicking and screaming onto the stage. The Hostiles’ live show is detonated by the meeting of these highly-combustible elements, underpinned by the two-pronged brass backbone of trumpet and trombone, and the band’s relentless drive to perform. Since releasing their debut album in 2009, The Hostiles have played hundreds of gigs and captured cult followings in Scotland, England and far beyond.
Debut album Always Looking Forward delivered The Hostiles’ formidable live reputation on record, providing the ideal bedrock to build the band’s career upon. Produced by Tim G (Sonic Boom Six, Random Hand) and mastered by Peter Miles (The King Blues, The Skints), the album’s zest and positivity was met with immediate reciprocation, Big Cheese! declaring the record ‘infectious and overflowing with energy’. Released on Cardiff-based Go Steady Records, the album was a springboard for The Hostiles to penetrate deep into the UK ska-punk scene, with a release night show in Glasgow supporting Catch 22 just the beginning. Gigs followed with the likes of Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Zebrahead, Mad Caddies, Strike Anywhere, and many more, allowing The Hostiles to hone their live show and to become formidable headliners in their own right.
This ongoing saga began in Ayr way back in 2001, when brothers Josh and Chris moved to Scotland, still teenagers. Back in the States, the pair had been dedicated to learning guitar and bass respectively, taking inspiration from the records of NOFX, Reel Big Fish and No Doubt. As soon as they were old enough to blag into gigs, the duo threw themselves into the local Scottish live scene, and found altogether heavier inspiration from the UK’s own ska-punk underground of bands such as Capdown, Lightyear and King Prawn, introduced to them by friends Callum (drums) and Steve (trombone). It was only natural that this transatlantic cross-pollination would find its outlet in a band of their own, and – aided and abetted by Ruaridh on trumpet – The Hostiles were born. Across an album, EPs, tracks on compilations in Japan, USA, UK and Italy, and support slots, festival appearances and even a four-week European tour, The Hostiles never stopped honing their sound and writing tracks for their long-awaited second album.
Following their interim Late Nights… And Early Hours EP (revealing the band’s current, harder-edged sound) and the single ‘For A Good Time Call 07946058526’, (the video for which featured Scottish model Amanda Hendrick) The Hostiles are finally back in the studio. The follow-up to Always Looking Forward is set for release in 2015 and promises to deliver the knockout blow required for The Hostiles to rise from the ranks of cult contenders to stake their claim as heavyweight, ska-punk champions of the world.