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Assembling in Agoura Hills, CA, in 1994 with Dan Estrin (guitar), Douglas Robb (vocals), and Markku Lappalainen (bass), Hoobastank pursues a distinct place for their intrepid rock conceptions. Discharging influences ranging from the sound of bands like Tool to Faith No More, the California team display audacious themes of alternative pop/rock, powered by distinct pieces of styles like ska and funk, ultimately forwarding fresh solutions for the post-grunge scene. Drummer Chris Hesse became the band's long-awaited fourth element, shortly before the crew started making its first live appearances. Performing at numerous shows during the following years, progressing and instituting a mark of their own within the local underground music scene, the team ultimately managed to conquer a loyal and growing fan legion. In 1998, the squad delivered They Sure Don't Make Basketball Shorts Like They Used To, their self-produced and independently released debut album. Following a three year period certifying their better tunes and gaining a following reaching beyond U.S. frontiers into Brazil to Europe, Hoobastank, the team's self-titled debut on a major label hit record stores in November 2001, achieving important results and significant praise from both the media and the public. ~ Mario Mesquita Borges, All Music Guide

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