Hobart W Fink -- gutsy, bluesy indie rock with a soupçon of grunge -- is proud to announce the release of their new single "Final Fantasy 7" online on 11/12/13 with a special preview physical release show at Harvard and Stone on 11/6 with John Wayne Bro. The music video for the single, shot in Peru and New Orleans, will release mid December at a live event at El Cid in LA.
Who are we?
With two lead singers, Jayk Gallagher and Lauren Lakis, Hobart W Fink blends touches of The Strokes, Interpol, and Queens of The Stoneage with such disparate influences as Elliott Smith, Nirvana, and Ben Gibbard in an eclectic stew.
The sound is characterized by sharp layered vocal harmonies emerging from gutsy garage rock. (Noe Santiago on Bass, AJ Brown on Drums, Jayk Gallagher on Guitar)
HWF's last single "Hundred Dollar Bill" debuted on 88.9 KXLU, and then played on 88.5 KCSN, Moheak Radio and Buzzbands.LA, with strong reviews from The Deli Magazine, LA Record, Sounds of Confusion, SoundsXP, Emerging Indie, Syffal.com and more. Nominated for Artist of the Month by The Deli LA. Single and EP "Four Eyes, Five Tails" now available on Spotify, Itunes, Amazon and more.
Rocking shows all over Southern California, including headlining slots at Echo Park Rising, Making Music Pasadena, Venice Music Crawl, and other festivals, the band debuted at The Satellite, killed residencies at Casey's and Lot 1, and has played The House of Blues LA, The Roxy, The Viper Room, The Echo, The Satellite, Harvard and Stone, The Smell, El Cid, The Virgil, Silver Lake Lounge, Casey's Irish Pub, The Airliner, Central SA+PC, Echo Country Outpost and many more.
"How can you not adore ... Hobart W Fink" -LA Record
"You won't be able to look away" - The Deli LA
"There is undoubtedly a capable songwriter involved in the band, as the stylized compositions have a tonality which keeps the audience in full focus and whilst easy for the ear to engage with, the tracks are far from easy to play as tempos switch up and down, along with keys, whilst retaining an animate flow." - Emerging Indie Bands
"Their new video is as fun as the song. Both video and track have a summer irreverence that is infectious. Both make me want to quit my job for the summer." - Syffal.com
"The music is garage rock at its core; but with a keen sense of dynamics and melody Hobart W Fink have created a sound that slots in nicely with today’s alternative rock scene. ... sets the band apart from their contemporaries ... Hobart W Fink is a fine act to listen to, and they keep things simple and dirty like any fine band should do." - Indie Music
"A mixture of contrasts ... A deep, heavy sound ... The raggedness of grunge with the proficiency of blues." - Sound Of Confusion
"Razor sharp harmonies atop ... eclectic ... influences. ... Gutsy, grungy, and raw. A fast paced edgy rock tune that never takes itself too seriously." - The Deli LA
"If you're in the mood for rock... you definitely want to hear... Hobart W Fink." - Ground Sounds
"Something to blow the ... cobwebs away. ... Between blues and grunge." - SoundsXP
"Hobart W Fink — gutsy, bluesy, indie-rock with a soupçon of grunge — is proud to announce the release of their new single “Final Fantasy 7″ to be released on November 12th with a special preview at their physical release show at Harvard and Stone on November 6th. For more info on the event click here. “Final Fantasy 7″ is a biplane over the Pacific bathed in an endless stream of sunshine. A haunting riff blends with undulating guitars over sun-streaked waves, as Jayk Gallagher and Marie Bollinger’s crooning tones carry the listener into a tranquil space that nonethless rocks. The breakdown is unabashed grunge, featuring guitar licks reminiscent of Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins over rough, sparkling distortion, with voices intertwining in a crescendo of escapism. With lyrics that speak of letting go of control, and inhabiting the relief of the present moment, “Final Fantasy 7″ is a welcome respite from the doldrums of repetitive rock, a breath of ocean air that cuts right through the LA smog. The music video for the single, shot in Peru and New Orleans, will be released on December 11th at a live show with new singer Lauren Lakis at The Echo in LA."
"The purposeful lofi crunch of garbage dump drums introduces thick, hairy guitars sliced by a distorted vocal. 'Moment you just be yourself's the moment they will leave,' declaims Jayk Gallagher of Hobart W Fink. Co-lead singer Marie Bollinger and Gallagher's voices intertwine with clarity within the post-grunge milieu. The consistent, conscious contradictions offered by the lyrics and sound underscore both the potential discomfort of success and the refreshing nature of this debut single." [+]