New album from Hoobastank: 'Push Pull' (out May 25 onNapalm Records)

May 12, 2018


DOUG ROBB (Lead vocals/rhythm guitar)

DAN ESTRIN Lead guitar/keyboards)

CHRIS HESSE (Drums/percussion/backing vocals)

JESSE CHARLAND (bassist/keyboardist/backing vocals)


On PUSH PULL, the band partnered with producer Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Deftones, Maroon 5, Andy Grammer). As a result, the album nails a bull’s-eye to the group’s underappreciated sweet spot--the large-scale, muscular ‘80s-‘90s alternative rock of U2, Duran Duran, INXS and even Tears for Fears, whose “Heads Over Heels”gets a brawny, Bowiesque take on the new collection. Hoobastank approached PUSH PULL with the swagger and confidence of a band whose first three albums all went either gold, platinum or multi-platinum. “The Reason” garnered multiple GRAMMY nominations for “Song of the Year,” “Best Rock Album” and “Best Pop Performance” for a Duo or Group. 


“We never stopped exchanging musical ideas,” says vocalist/guitarist DOUG, who co-founded the band with high school classmates, DAN and CHRIS, almost 20 years ago in Los Angeles. Of course, about that band name, which means, exactly what?...“Sometimes you make dumb decisions when you’re young, and that might have been one of them,” laughs ROBB about being the punchline to SNL jokes and snooty critic snipes. As for the formidable bar-setting success of “The Reason,” DOUG is similarly sanguine. “We stopped attempting to recreate any formula,” he says. “We did what made us happy and played to our strengths. Take it or leave it.”


On the new album, the band explores both rock and pop songwriting with a renewed vigor, album highlights include the go-for-broke “Just Let Go (Who Cares if We Fall),” which sums up Hoobastank’s attitude. “At least we get to fly,” sings ROBB. In the title track “Push Pull,” and “More Beautiful,” DOUG unleashes his falsetto, while the funky R&B feel is a tribute to DAN’s early, late--‘90s penchant for Chic and “groove-based” dance music. Songs like “True Believer”and “Buzzkill (Before You Say Goodbye)” show Hoobastankmaturing from adolescent to adult relationships, often examining the difficulty of keeping alive the sexuality that fuels them.  “We Don’t Need the World” and “There Will Never Be Another” explore the protective bubble and the memories which bind two people together. DOUG’s lyrics to the headphones-worthy “Fallen Star”were inspired by a memory of him watching television one night and seeing a military family of a soldier who had died in combat. It made him think of the brave men and women who serve and even more so now the parents of those who serve. 


Expect Hoobastank to announce tour dates soon.


Tracklisting for PUSH PULL:

1. Don’t Look Away

2. Push Pull

3. More Beautiful

4. Head Over Heels

5. True Believer

6. Just Let Go (Who Cares If We Fall)

7. Better Left Unsaid

8. We Don’t Need The World

9. Buzzkill (Before You Say Goodbye)

10. Fallen Star

11. There Will Never Be Another