Hobart W Fink is indie grunge rock w a disaffected punk aesthetic. Crystalline vocal harmonies emerge from gutsy, cutting garage rock. Their debut LP “Back and Forth Forever” — dropping at a residency at Harvard and Stone every Tuesday in August — is recorded and mixed by Chris Kasych (Wavves, Phantogram, Vampire Weekend, Haim, P!nk, Santigold) on a vintage ’74 Neve board and mastered by Alex DeYoung (Macy Gray, NOFX, Pennywise).
With two lead singers, Jayk Gallagher and Lauren Lakis, the band blends touches of The Strokes, Interpol, and Queens of The Stoneage, with such disparate influences as Elliott Smith, Nirvana, and Ben Gibbard in an eclectic stew. Fans have likened HWF’s sound to a combination of The X, The B-52’s, and Sonic Youth.
Rocking SXSW parties and shows all over Southern California, including headlining slots at Echo Park Rising, Make Music Pasadena, Venice Music Crawl, Buzzbands.la Chinatown Nights and other festivals, and opening for national acts like Good Riddance at The Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara, the band debuted at The Satellite, killed residencies at Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, Casey’s, and Lot 1, and has played The House of Blues LA, The Roxy, The Viper Room, The Echo, The Satellite, Harvard and Stone, The Smell, El Cid, The Virgil, The Mint, Silver Lake Lounge, Casey’s Irish Pub, The Airliner, Central SA+PC, The Lexington, Kaos Network, Echo Country Outpost and many more. HWF has toured to San Diego, Long Beach, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Austin, and all around the west coast. HWF has garnered rave reviews in CMJ, Buzzbands.LA, The Deli Magazine, Emerging Indie Bands UK, Sounds Of Confusion, Syffal.com, and many international press sources.
“Back And Forth Forever” is straight-forward, unabashed rock with just a hint of irony. Hobart W Fink delivers their fun, no-frills brand of garage rock which treads the line between punk and grunge, apathy and enjoyment. (Noe Santiago on Bass, AJ Brown on Drums.) Buzzbands LA called Hobart W Fink’s single and music video for SO MANY LOSERS, released in June, “Smashing!” and The Deli LA called it “hard hitting and fun” — in the video, 25 of HWF’s friends smash televisions with reckless abandon and mosh their troubles away.
August sees the release of Hobart’s new music video for THE FIGHT / WE LIE which features animation of epic events, plus a very rowdy children’s birthday party, interwoven with a personal tale of the demise of a relationship. Many of the songs on the album are based on the two lead singers’ often unsuccessful attempts at romance, and the video explores the pain of these mistakes while laughing at the silliness and absurdity of how seriously we can take ourselves.
HWF’s past singles “Final Fantasy 7”, and “Hundred Dollar Bill” have debuted on 88.9 KXLU, 88.5 KCSN, Moheak Radio, Buzzbands.LA and AM1630 KCHUNG, and they were nominated for Artist of the Month by The Deli Magazine. The music video for “Final Fantasy 7” was shot in Peru and New Orleans and featured the singers in Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Bourbon Street and more. Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands called it “One heck of a travelogue.”