Check out: The Hosts

The Hosts band

They say if you remember the sixties, you weren’t really there.

Well now there’s a new band who definitely weren’t there, but have solved that problem by recording a modern album that brings the sixties sound into the 21st century.

A couple of months ago I heard a song on the radio that sounded like a long lost classic. It had shades of Roy Orbison, a Motown beat and a Phil Spector wall-of-sound production.

The tune was “September Song” by The Hosts.

The Hosts comprise of Tom Hogg on vocals, guitarist Jamie Shipley, keys player Jim Fisher, bassist David Glover and drummer Adam Crofts. They hail from Sheffield, a City with a long rock and pop pedigree – from The Human League to Def Leppard, Arctic Monkeys and Richard Hawley – and have now released their debut album, “Softly Softly”.

It is something of a retro-tinged triumph. It turns out that the September Song single was produced by Richard Hawley, and whilst in hindsight, it may appear his old skool fingerprints are all over it, The Hosts may need little encouragement to turn back the clock and hark back to that classic sixties pop sound. Indeed, Tom Hogg speaks of studying interviews with Phil Spector in order to work out how to get his famed wall of sound.

The result is a fine album, which might have been recorded back when Spector was in his pomp. Opener “Would You be Blue” and single “Give Your Love To Her” sum up The Hosts’ sound. Soaring choruses, echo-filled production and hooks-a-plenty.

Album track “The One” is lovely, made only slightly amusing by the fact that you can sing Renee and Renata’s “Save Your Love” along to it. “In Dreams” on the other hand is the best Roy Orbison song the Big O never recorded. Here’s a video of “Give Your Love To Her”: check it out…

The Hosts play Village Green Festival on 12th July. For more tour dates check out the band’s Facebook page.






6 responses to “Check out: The Hosts”

    1. Every Record Tells A Story Avatar

      Excellent – cool.


    2. Every Record Tells A Story Avatar

      BTW, congratulations on making the 4,000th comment on Every Record Tells A Story! You don’t get a prize, but you do get my hearty appreciation…


  1. theEARLofSWIRL Avatar

    Great tune. Kinda like XTC’s retro side project “Dukes Of Stratosphere”


  2. Phillip Helbig Avatar

    Wow! I will have to check out The Hosts.

    I’ve known about the Dukes of Stratosphere for a while, but never heard them. Good or just a pastiche?

    Based on a good review I read about a year ago, I saw The Pretty Things last night. Great performance! I don’t think I had ever heard anything by them before, but of course knew who they are. Phil May and Dick Taylor, another old bloke on guitar, and a young drummer and bassist, though completely filled with 60s vibes. Vintage songs with a vintage sound using vintage gear. Do check them out!


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