2018 marks the 15th anniversary of Hoobastank‘s The Reason, which was produced by Howard Benson. The title track became a worldwide hit: #2 Billboard Hot 100, #1 U.S. and World Modern Rock charts (#10 Australia, #12 UK, #15 Germany), following the first single “Out of Control” (#9 Modern Rock, #16 Mainstream Rock). The album reached #3 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and set a record in Canada, with 21 weeks at #1.
For the new album Push Pull, the 3x GRAMMY-nominated group — Doug Robb (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Dan Estrin (lead guitar/keyboards), Chris Hesse (drums/percussion/backing vocals) and Jesse Charland (bass/keyboards/backing vocals) — partnered with producer Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Deftones, Maroon 5, Andy Grammer) and explored both rock and pop songwriting with a renewed vigor. The 11-song collection features the first single “More Beautiful,” the title track “Push Pull” and a brand-new cover version of Tears for Fears’ classic 80’s pop hit “Head Over Heels.” Hoobastank’s first new album in six years, Push Pull delivers the large-scale, muscular, alternative rock sound the band is known for while re-establishing their presence in the current pop-rock spectrum.
“Don’t Look Away,” the album opener, sets the tone for Push Pull and displays the band’s growth over the years while staying true to their roots. Additional album highlights on PUSH PULL include “True Believer” and “Buzzkill (Before You Say Goodbye)” which show the band maturing from adolescent to adult relationships and examining the difficulty of keeping alive what fuels them. “We Don’t Need the World” and “There Will Never Be Another” explore the memories which bind two people together. Additionally, Doug’s lyrics to the headphones-worthy “Fallen Star” were inspired by a memory of watching a military family of a soldier who died in combat, while the go-for-broke “Just Let Go (Who Cares If We Fall)” sums up Hoobastank’s current attitude.
Tickets to the band’s forthcoming performance at the Revolution Hall in Portland, OR can be purchased here.