The Hostiles
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The Hostiles

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom | SELF

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom | SELF
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Big Kahuna ?! - 1st release - 2004

1. Gonna Destroy the World
2. Another Unity Song
3. Ex-Girlfriends are Great Inspiration
4. Eye Spy
5. Chocolate

Niceday EP - 2006

1. Ex-Girlfriends are Great Inspiration
2. Night Out
3. Suffer in Silence

Light Through the Darkness Charity Compilation - South Ayrshire bands raise funds for
‘Cash for Kids’. All compilation purchases go to charity. For charity info visit -

1. Just a Minute - IMO
2. Keep Tryin’ - The Hostiles
3. Gennex - Clear Aim
4. Light Through the Darkness - The Hostiles feat. IMO, Clear Aim and Matt Harvey

Always Looking Forward – 2009

1. Always Looking Forward
2. Where Are You?
3. Its All Casual
4. I Hope You Know
5. True Or False
6. Ashley
7. Examinable Torture
8. Conclusion
9. Seen Not Heard
10. Bad Day For Shorts



Formed in Ayr in 2001, The Hostiles are Scotland’s answer to that ‘90s Gainsville ska punk sound we have all come to know and love. 10 years as a touring band has established The Hostiles as a mighty contender in the UK ska scene. Their upbeat nature is infectious, with goofy lead vocals backed up by multiple voices and crazy glued together 3-chord punk, a trumpet and complementary trombone; a recipe for utter fun filled bedlam.

Brothers Josh (guitar) and Chris (bass) Barron moved to Ayr from the USA, where they had grown up with a love of American ska-punk bands such as Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Catch 22 and No Doubt. In Ayr they met other like minded British ska- lovers, who introduced them to music from heavier British ska-core bands such as Capdown, Lightyear and King Prawn. With their combined influences, The Hostiles formed to create a unique sound that has come to be known as their trademark.

Over the years The Hostiles have established themselves as one of the UK’s finest punk-ska bands, and have been lucky enough to share a stage with some of the best known bands on the ska and punk circuit, such as Zebrahead, Sonic Boom Six, The King Blues, Random Hand, Leftover Crack, Neville Staple, The Toasters, Fishbone, The Damned, Spunge, The Beat, Strike Anywhere,Capdown, Streetlight Manifesto and Mad Caddies, to name a few.

In April 2009 The Hostiles released ‘Always Looking Forward’, which was recorded at Maybank Studios with Matt Harvey, produced by Tim G (Sonic Boom Six, Random Hand, MTV Mash Up) and mastered by Peter Miles (The King Blues, Failsafe, The Skints). The album release was followed by an 18 date tour, including the release night in Glasgow supporting long time influence Catch 22. With the tour’s success, ‘Always Looking Forward’ became available
worldwide through Cardiff based label, Go Steady Records. Reviews piling in, ‘Always Looking Forward’ became a hit in the underground ska scene establishing The Hostiles as one of Scotland’s most respected ska bands.

2010 saw more success with several UK tours and an opening slot for Less Than Jake. They also featured on several compilations in Japan, USA, UK and Italy boosting their international presence.

The summer of 2011 saw an enormous increase in frequent flyer miles when the Hostiles embarked on a 4 week European tour, performing in over 9 different countries.

While finishing off their most successful year to date, the Hostiles now look to 2012 with plans for a second release and with being signed up by Hey Suburbia! Tour Booking Agency expect a lot more touring!

“Upbeat, effervescent, bouncy and danceable.” 3/5 Punktastic

“Infectious and overflowing with energy” 4/5 Big Cheese Magazine

“Simple, dumb and brilliant” 3/5 Black Velvet Magazine
“They are the best band in Scotland at the moment” Laila K (Sonic Boom Six)

“I love those kids!” Chris Demakes (Less Than Jake)

“Awesome!” Aaron Barrett (Reel Big Fish)