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Ghoti Hook was a band from Fairfax, Virginia. The band was formed in 1991, with band members Joel Bell, Conrad Tolosa, Jamie Tolosa, Christian Ergueta, and Adam Neubauer. The group released two independent EPs in 1994 and 1995. Ghoti Hook signed to Tooth and Nail Records in 1996, then released two albums: Sumo Surprise and Banana Man.

Conrad, the guitarist and a main songwriter of the band, decided to leave Ghoti Hook when the band began to tour full time so he could finish seminary and continue with his accounting career. He has been running a website, and is doing quite well with it. After the cover album Songs We Didn’t Write, Mark Lacasse joined the lineup as the band’s sound evolved from toward on their next album, Two Years to Never. The album also marked a shift to more serious, reflective lyrics. Christian Ergueta left the band soon after; Mark left shortly thereafter.

As a three-piece band, Ghoti Hook released a six song EP titled EP on Velvet Blue Music. The group disbanded in 2002. The band has said on occasion that they would rather forget their days and that Ghoti Hook never really started until they changed their sound. The band’s last concert was at Cornerstone Music Festival on July 6, 2002, with guest performances by both Conrad and Mark. The concert was recorded and released as a live album entitled Rest In Peace.

Their final show can now be viewed in its entirety on YouTube.


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  • vangelicmonk

    miss this band.

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • arconitas

    where is my mind?

    19 May 2011 Reply
  • Matthewof1979

    We want Ghoti Hook !

    30 Aug 2010 Reply
  • genghiskhaaan

    For people looking for good underground Christian music, or people with similar interests. Join my group.

    19 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Joie_Fatale

    Why must all good things come to an end?

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • falko-rock

    I promoted the Show in Chemnitz / Germany! long time ago! The good old times!

    11 Dec 2009 Reply
  • drummer063

    yeah, there reunion show rocked no questions asked. you all should have been there.

    27 Sep 2009 Reply
  • heyjohnnyfive

    They're playing a reunion show with Huntingtons as a benefit for Jeannie Pierce!!! YES!

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • getrules

    dudes, do they have a motherfucking song where the main riff immitates a horse gait pattern?

    16 Dec 2008 Reply
  • cal1br3tto

    I just looked up how their name is actually pronounced. I had always thought maybe it was pronounced "Fish Hook", but it isn't. Oh well.

    16 Nov 2008 Reply
  • misskellyi

    i was at that last show. i cried.

    9 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Matthewof1979

    Joel Bell still running around in the banana outfit still today. LOL !

    9 Jun 2008 Reply
  • teh_blasterer

    I saw them twice: once in their goofy days in '97 in Pensacola, FL, (with Squad Five-0, the Supertones, and Stavesacre) and the other time after they went serious in Podunk (Irvington), AL, (not long before they played their last show). About 40 people showed up. They were amazing.

    13 Jun 2007 Reply
  • JulieJulieJulie

    i saw this band over 10 times and I saw a final show at cornerstone. it was so sad to me because well,I loved them.

    28 Feb 2007 Reply
  • TheStorbyAbides

    I saw them on their last tour in Kingsville, Texas with like 20 people there. Awesome show...

    16 Dec 2006 Reply
  • balocha

    yeah me too... i never got to see them live, i was looking forward to catching them when i came to the US and then they broke up...

    29 Nov 2006 Reply
  • heyjohnnyfive

    this is a band I miss. I still wonder what Joel Bell is up too these days.

    31 Oct 2006 Reply

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