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Hoist The Colors

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Hoist the Colors
Los Angeles, CA

Hoist the Colors isn’t an “LA” band in any conventional sense. In a city that sometimes values style over substance, they are a working man’s band. They aren’t jaded, there is no irony or posing; Hoist the Colors is a group of genuine individuals who genuinely love what they do.

But Los Angeles has shaped the band. Like the cultural fabric of their city, their music is an eclectic mix, the product of different traditions coming together to create something totally original. And LA can be a brutal city. Ugly and sprawling, it has a tendency to wear you down, to swallow you up, and it’s made the band work harder, persevere longer, and come out stronger on the other side.

Hoist the Colors plays a blend of punk rock, traditional Irish music, and American folk and bluegrass. The band began humbly, in lead singer and songwriter Josh Linden’s living room in 2007. “A few friends and I were bored and began learning Irish rebel songs and Pogues covers on these acoustic instruments that we really didn’t know how to play,” he recalls. Soon the friends recruited a drummer and fiddle player, began writing their own versions of rebel songs, and started playing at local bars under the name Hoist the Colors. Raucous and spirited performances attracted a loyal following and word quickly spread. The band soon found themselves playing marathon pub shows that regularly drew packed houses, all blood, sweat, and spilled beer.

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