online listen
fifth album
almost hard rock for me
another near miss
they'll never equal The Reason
back to the minors for this one
1.5 from me and a converted 2.2 from the pros at allmusic

from the album - Sing What You Can't Say

released Sept 11th, 2012

Bio - from allmusic

While the heavy alternative sounds of Tool and Alice in Chains were primary influences on Hoobastank's sound, the
post-grunge quartet tempered the gloomier elements of such music with a suburban California groove and an eye for
accessibility. Formed in the Los Angeles suburb of Agoura Hills in early 1994, the band's earliest members were
vocalist Doug Robb and guitarist Dan Estrin, who met each other at a high-school battle of the bands competition.
The two chose to join forces, adding bassist Markku Lappalainen and drummer Chris Hesse to form a competent quartet.
The self-released, clumsily titled They Sure Don't Make Basketball Shorts Like They Used To generated strong local
buzz upon its 1998 release, and soon the band had moved from backyard gigs to shows up and down the Cali coast.

Island Records took notice and put Hoobastank on the label's payroll in August 2000, and tours with the like-minded
Incubus (to whom the band would be frequently, although not unreasonably, linked) and flavor-of-the-moment Alien Ant
Farm followed. Hoobastank's eponymous debut dropped in November 2001, and the singles "Crawling in the Dark" and
"Running Away" found a quick home on radio stations and MTV playlists. The LP went gold, and the quartet's
subsequent summer jaunt through Asia and Europe pushed it to platinum certification later that year. By early 2003,
the band was back in the studio, laying down tracks for its sophomore effort. They then played a few dates in June
and July, but were forced to cancel the remainder of the club tour when Estrin was injured in a freak minibike
accident. The guitarist was back on his feet by October, and Hoobastank headed out with the All-American Rejects and
Ozomatli for the Nokia Unwired tour.

Hoobastank offered the lead single "Out of Control" as a free download from their website before releasing a full-
length album, The Reason, at the end of the year. Although it showcased a harder-edged vocal performance from Robb,
the album's biggest hit was its title track, an emotive ballad that topped the rock charts and peaked at number two
on the Billboard Hot 100. The Reason went double platinum, and the band used that momentum to issue the Let It Out
DVD, a collection of band's music videos, one year later. On a 2005 co-headlining tour with Velvet Revolver,
however, Hoobastank received a chilly reception from some audiences, and rumors of a feud between Robb and VR
frontman Scott Weiland were soon filling Internet message boards. "If I Were You," the first single from the group's
2006 album Every Man for Himself, addressed the whole affair. Both the song and the album fell quickly from the
charts, but Every Man for Himself nevertheless went gold in one month, a feat that likely owed its success to the
band's previous album.

A new single ("My Turn") appeared in October 2008, followed by the arrival of Fornever in 2009. That same year, the
bandmembers announced that they had begun work on an acoustic album. The result was Is This the Day?, which featured
acoustic versions of songs from throughout the band's catalog. The album was released in Korea and Japan in 2010,
and saw a stateside release in 2011. Ending its decade-long run at Island Records, the band moved back to indie
status with the release of its fifth studio album, Fight or Flight, produced by Gavin Brown, on Open E Records in

Album Review - from allmusic

Departed from Universal Records, Hoobastank stake out an independent route, hiring Gavin Brown to helm their fifth
album, Fight or Flight. The title alone suggests a bit of a bristle in Hoobastank's backbone and the album proves
this to be true: this is a leaner, tougher record than they have made in years, a crisp black-and-white photo
standing in contrast to the highly saturated colors of their earlier major-label work. Apart from that crisp,
muscular production, not much has changed within Hoobastank: they still pledge allegiance to the emotional
bloodletting, insistent power chords, and a backbeat scaled for an arena, but all of this has been resized for an
intimate setting and the results are effective, perhaps the most immediate music they've made. Hoobastank still have
a tendency to be a bit ponderous in their compositions -- a trait that surfaces not only on power ballads but on
rockers so angst-ridden they belie the group's age -- but Brown keeps the group focused, steering Hoobastank toward
an assured, mature update of their signatures.

Track Listing

1. This Is Gonna Hurt
2. You Before Me
3. The Fallen
4. Can You Save Me
5. No Destination (Fight Or Flight)
6. Slow Down
7. No Win Situation
8. Sing What You Can't Say
9. Magnolia
10. Incomplete
11. 1000 Words