The Hosts
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The Hosts

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LP: "The Hosts" May 2008



With its genesis in Friday night intoxicant-fueled sing-alongs in Greg and Melissa Host’s living room, The Hosts have grown into a nearly-unique 5 piece outfit who have been schizophrenically accredited with concocting ’60s-influenced psychedelic indie garage pop with a touch of folk and surf,’ or more succinctly, ‘jangle pop.’

"We sound like a faux rock band playing at a cocktail party in some episode of 'I Dream of Jeanie',” explains principal songwriter and rhythm guitarist Greg B. Host. Combining jangly guitars, soaring male/female harmonies, modern electronic psychedelia, and marital angst, The Hosts are attempting to put their own spin on the 'Detroit sound.'

Greg’s simple melodies, love of 60s pop culture and tortured confessional poetry coupled with Melissa’s lyrical kick and sweet yet rough vocals have been impressing listeners both live and in cyber land since nearly the turn of the century.

First to join Greg and Melissa in The Hosts is Detroit drummer and scenester Jim Faulkner, whose impressive credits include stints with The Happy Accidents, Goober & the Peas, Strange Bedfellows, Cinecyde, The Volebeats and most recently, The Winonas.

Joining The Hosts on bass on their debut album is Greg’s former band mate, Domingo, an accomplished performer who has shared stages with some of Detroit’s most notable rock musicians. Domingo left The Hosts to devote his attention full time to his own Flamenco jazz/rock outfit, Domingo, as Greg left that band as keyboardist in order to devote full time to The Hosts.

The Hosts have recently welcomed bassist and phrenologist, Dr. Noel Collins Porter, Jr. who has played in bands in Oregon, Texas, Ohio and elsewhere. His most notable stint was as principal bassist in Elliot Smith’s Portland band, Heatmiser, using an un-assumed name.

Another Host departee, know mysteriously only as Art W. H. or Archer X, adds brilliant and meticulous lead guitar to the debut CD, as well as some keyboard, bass and his home-built Theremin. Art has appeared in bands separately on bass, keyboard, and lead guitar including bass for hippie band Resurgence and lead guitar with alternative rockers Xena Pritchard.

Recently joined by Jim's old band mate from The Winonas and The Happy accidents, Paul Einhaus Jr., is an accomplished guitarist and talented solo-artist as well. Paul will tell you to your face that he was raised by wolves and did not utter a human word until the age of 12. He claims that he turned down a lucrative offer with Night Ranger in order to join The Hosts, and for that, they are proud. For now The Hosts can claim that they are finally embarking on their wayward journey into Detroit world pop iconography