Tuesday, 26 March 2013

SONG FOR TODAY: The Hosts - September Rain

'September Song' is the glorious debut single from The Hosts, and it's a song that will quickly find its way into your head and heart. While it has the feel of reflective sound of stuff from the late 90's post-Britpop era, it very much harks back to the romance of 60's pop, and was written on the 50th anniversary of Buddy Holly's death. With its strong melodies and heartfelt melancholy, it's a truly captivating introduction to what sounds like a massively promising group. It's produced by Richard Hawley, who himself has a great ear for this kind of marvellous sound. People NEED to hear it...

‘September Song’ is about a love affair with music and how a melody can transport you back to a time, a place and the autumn of a relationship. A nostalgia complimented perfectly by the b-side cover of Roy Orbison’s ‘In Dreams’.

The Hosts make a unique sound. Straddling the yesteryear romance of the aforementioned Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly, in a hazy soundscape recalling Phil Spector, The Velvet Underground and The Beach Boys, layered with percussion and a sharp vocal delivery that has given way to comparisons to The Walkman and Jonathan Fire Eater.  

Two big US tours followed supporting The Walkmen and Cold War Kids plus a UK arena tour with Paul Weller including 3 sold out Brixton Academy dates.

The Hosts have also played numerous one off shows with Richard Hawley and Cherry Ghost as well as appearing at the Barclays Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, Dot to Dot Festival, Belladrum Festival and CMJ Festival in New York. The latter showcase resulted in US radio plays with the notorious Denis The Menace playing the track on KUST San Francisco, closely followed by a spin on John Richards cult show on KEXP Seattle.

‘September Song’ will be released Worldwide on Monday 8th April. The Hosts debut album - also with production from Mercury Music and recent Brit Award nominated Richard Hawley - follows later in 2013. 

Catch The Hosts live: 

6th April: Sheffield Leadmill
11th April: London Wilmington Arms
12th April: Manchester Castle 


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