Artist of the day: Hoist the Colours!
Hoist the Colours! are an up-and-coming hardcore band out of New Port Richey whose sound -- a blend of pop-punk melodies and hardcore vocals and guitars -- calls to mind another little Florida group called A Day to Remember. They also cite Rise Against, Senses Fail and Four Year Strong as influences.
The group -- singer-guitarist Josh Hensley, guitarist-vocalist Kenny Day, bassist-vocalist Thomas Bigler and drummer Jeff Durso -- have been together for less than a year, but in that time have already put together a full-length album, Fake It, Till You Make It, which will be available this Friday via iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers.
"We have catchy, sing-along style choruses, upbeat verses, gang vocal parts and (are) still able to drop in the heavy breakdowns from time to time," Hensley said in an e-mail. "We feel we can appeal to any 'rock' style listener with our music and extremely energetic live shows."
Still, it never hurts to branch out. The band has been working on a cover of Jay-Z's 99 Problems and other hip-hop songs, all in the Hoist the Colours! style. "We have plans on doing a cover/remake once ever six months or so," Hensley said.
On Saturday, Hoist the Colours! will perform at Gasoline Alley, in a show that doubles as a birthday party for Hensley. After that, look for them on March 24 at the Neptune Lounge in Tarpon Springs, and on April 13 at the Pegasus Lounge in Tampa.