The country’s biggest beer fest is back for the ninth edition of Kingfishera��s The Great Indian Octoberfest. Besides free-flowing beer, food stalls and a flea market, Bollywooda��s Mika Singh, DJ Jasmeet, Raghu Dixit and One Nite Stand are all set to rock this three-day event. The highlight, however, is American rock band Hoobastank, who will be headlining as they continue their two-decade long stint with their latest album Fight or Flight. Lead vocalist Doug Robb, chats about the album making a comeback with a difference, babies as his inspiration and the quirk behind the band name.
20 years of Hoobastank
I dona��t think wea��ve changed anymore than anyone would over a nearly 20 year span. At our core, wea��re still the same guys who started playing in 1994. Just older and hopefully a little wiser now.
Fight or Flight revisited
Fight or Flight was the first album wea��ve written as a four-piece band all together since The Reason album. Now that Jesse Charland has been in the band for four years it was refreshing to be able to write all together. I think the songs are more a�?completea�� this way.
Inspiration and influences
Inspiration comes from all over. Ita��s unpredictable. The birth of my first child was a big inspiration in the emotions of a lot of the songs. Most of the time Dan, our guitar player, will have a riff or idea that hea��ll present to us and it will then evolve into a song. I write the lyrics and they just come from everyday experiences.
On The Reason being a hit
Never in a million years did I think it was going to be such a huge hit. It was just like catching lightning in a bottle. When I hear it today, it makes me think about how much this song changed my life.
Story behind the nameA�
We made the word up long ago in high school. If we guessed back then, that 20 years later it would still be a topic of conversation we might have chosen a a�?coolera�? sou-nding name.
Evolution of rock
Music trends always change and are very cyclical. Rock to me though never goes too out of style. Sometimes ita��s at the forefront and sometimes, like now, it isna��t. It will come back again though. It always does. Like I said, its cyclical.
The audience can expect a good combination of singles and album tracks that we the band really enjoy playing. At points ita��s high energy and at points it mellows out.
2013 for Hoobastank
We have some shows a few days after Bangalore on the east coast in the USA. After that wea��re taking a little break.
October 18,19, 20. At Jayamahal Palace Hotel. Tickets (`1,000 upwards) at bookmyshow.com