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The Hostiles


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Formed in Ayr in 2001, The Hostiles bring the upbeat energy of west coast US ska punk to the less-sunny climes of west coast Scotland. Their take is spirited and infectious, combining distorted guitars riffs, low-slung rhythms, in-your-face vocals and a two-pronged brass backbone of trumpet and trombone. It’s a formula that’s helped the five-piece build a strong reputation on the live circuit as an act to be reckoned with, good times guaranteed. The punk and ska scenes’ big guns agree, with The Hostiles recently touring the UK with Reel Big Fish, in addition to sharing stages with the likes of Less Than Jake, Spunge, Mad Caddies, Zebrahead, Sonic Boom Six, The King Blues, Random Hand, Leftover Crack, Neville Staple, The Toasters, Fishbone, The Damned, The Beat, Strike Anywhere, Streetlight Manifesto and Capdown, to name a few.

The Hostiles started with brothers Josh (guitar) and Chris (bass), who grew up in the States listening to the likes of Reel Big Fish, NOFX and No Doubt. After moving to Ayr in their teens, they were introduced to heavier ska-core acts like Capdown, Lightyear and King Prawn by local like-minded ska-lovers, including Callum Douglas (drums) and Steve Bruce (trombone – the current line-up was later completed by Ruaridh Crumlish on trumpet). From these foundations, The Hostiles’ sound was formed – a sound they continue to hone with each record release and every ear-ringing, sweat-drenched live performance.

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