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Get To Know Doug Robb of Hoobastank with Punk Nation!

Posted by punk-nation on December 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Chances are if you listen to rock you've heard of Hoobastank. The band formed in 1994, and exploded onto the mainstream music stream in 2004 with their hit song "The Reason". The band are still going strong nearly a decade later. Their newest album "Fight Or Flight" is their first in a decade to not have the Island Records logo, but that didn't stop them from creating what could easily be called one of the best rock albums of the year. We got the chance to ask lead vocalist Doug Robb a few questions about the album and the bands' career in general. You can check out our conversation below!

What is your best memory involving music?

Wow there are too many amazing memories involving music. So many have nothing to do with Hoobastank at all. How about my first concert ever? It was David Lee Roth with Poison opening at The Forum in Los Angeles. Maybe 1986-87? Not sure. It was so loud that it shook our seats even up in the nosebleeds. It changed my idea of music from something you just listen to into something that you physically experience. Epic.

What songs are you most excited for fans to hear from "Fight or Flight"?

Honestly, the entire album! There are so many songs on the record that I like and all for different reasons. Some are slow and mellow. Some are fast and heavy. I couldn’t choose just one. I think the album sounds better as a whole anyways.

Can you tell us about the first show you played as Hoobastank?

Our first show as Hoobastank (hoobustank back then) was in June of 1995. It was in my parent’s backyard. We “borrowed” some stages from our nearby high school for the show. Made flyers and hired security to work the gate. There were probably a 150 kids or so. It was the first time I had ever sung in front of anyone. At first it was terrifying but by the end of the show I was hooked. I was so amped that my calves cramped up the second we were finished. It was one of the most unbelievable experiences I’ve ever had. Musical or not.

"The Reason" had a big hand in making your name in the music industry. When you wrote it, did you have any idea that it would become an anthem so many people?

Not a clue. After an album is recorded bands often discuss amongst themselves, as well as with the label and management, what they all think will be potential singles and in what order. No one chose The Reason as a single. That shows you how unpredictable “hits” can be. It was like catching lightning in a bottle.

What songs by other artists inspire you?

Geez there are way too many to list. Some of my favorites though are Caffeine by Faith No More, Paranoid Android by Radiohead, Dirty Movies by Van Halen, The Day I Tried To Live by Soundgarden and about 1000 other songs by various artists.

What's the best part of playing live?

I think the best part of playing live is connecting with the audience so much that for the hour or two that I’m on stage I actually forget I’m performing. I can’t describe it but it doesn’t feel like I’m playing music. It almost feels like I’m just talking with people. Therapy.

What are your plans for Hoobastank in the next year?

We’d love to tour as much as possible. That’s first and foremost. We also will probably start demoing some ideas we’ve been holding and see what we can do with them.

Do you have any advice for bands that are just at the beginning of their career?

My only advice is to play music for the love of playing music. Not for money, fame, attention or anything else. You won’t succeed unless you do it for the love of music. If you happen to break through and all you really wanted was the fame then people will see right through you or you will self destruct once you got the fame you wanted. It happens all the time. Just play for the sake of playing music. Everything else is just icing on the cake.



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