FROM: GLASGOW | FOR FANS OF: REEL BIG FISH, LESS THAN JAKE
WORDS: KARLEY MYALL
Music is something we all love, but something that can also be such a huge competition to involve yourself in, because there’s much new and raw talent around. However, as far as ska punk goes it’s safe to say it’s quite a different and niche style of music with bands that many may not even know about. Take Scottish ska punk band The Hostiles, for example. It’s been 10 years since they formed as a band, as guitarist Josh Barron explained.
“We recorded our first album 10 years ago,” he told us. “It was the first solid release that we could show the world. Off the back of that we started to get awesome opportunities to play all over the UK. We started to get big support slots with big bands. It was the first time I felt we were going somewhere with the band…This was significant milestone for us as it set us on the path, we’re on. Stuff like that should be celebrated…even if it’s not your most well-known material haha.’’
“We recorded our first album 10 years ago…It was the first time I felt we were going somewhere with the band”
A decade later and this band are still going. The music industry can be tough when it comes to being in a band and having to push through; lots of bands split and life can get complicated. But The Hostiles have proven everyone wrong and carried on going. Just recently finishing their 10-year anniversary tour, Josh was able to touch upon how the reception was throughout the tour. ‘’It was great. The shows were busy, and people seemed to be having a good time. We got to pick the supports for most of the shows, so it was awesome getting to see our friends play most nights…particularly This Familiar Smile who have been going nearly as long as we have.’’
Being a band that has gone on for so long comes with its ups and downs and over the years, but there is always potential to grow and become creative. Being able to find the time to be able to produce music and releasing it regularly is not an easy job to do. Having the money to put into making music and creating albums for your audience is something that can be difficult which Josh explained, speaking about the difficulties of getting the band together and how costs can affect the process of music.
‘’Our dynamic has certainly changed from what it was,” he said. “Back in the day we used to live in the same town and weekly rehearsals were a thing. Now we have a lineup that lives all over the place (Iverness, Aberdeen, Venice) it can be pretty difficult to get us in the same room.’’
“We have a lineup that lives all over the place…it can be pretty difficult to get us in the same room.”
‘’We had a six-year gap between our debut album and our second one,” continued Josh. “This was purely down to monumental costs it took to record our second one. Tracking started in 2011, about 2 years after our first album came out.”
It may seem like it’s an easy life for a musician from the outside looking in, like they live some kind life of luxury or do it just for money. That’s not the case with these guys. “Over the next 5 years we would gig so much to pay for it as well as put ourselves into a lot of debt,” Josh told us. “Although we’re proud of what we managed to accomplish from it, it certainly was not going to be a sustainable way of doing things long term.’’
It can also be hard to keep up with other life commitments as well as dealing with band members living in other parts of the world. And with this specific type genre of music considered ‘niche’ compared to others it could make it a lot more difficult to be successful in the music industry – like being in it isn’t hard enough. Despite this though, after 10-years of ups and downs the Hostiles are still going strong.