Tuesday, January 31, 2006

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Hardly art
Hardly starving
Hardly art
Hardly garbage

-- "No Culture Icons" from More Parts Per Million

Originally hailing from Northampton or London (depending on what review you read), Host are - or at least were, until a short time ago - a terrific scratch post-pop explosion of screeching guitars, three-part harmonies, and synth tabs, that frequently recall new-wave pioneers like XTC, but end up sounding a lot more reminiscent catchy lo-fi rockers, The Thermals - on a sugar and helium high.

Host then, were made up James Host (Drums), Jim Host (Electronics, Vocals), Rob Host (Bass, Vocals) and Stephen Host (Guitar, Vocals)...Yeah, most of the reviews I have read concentrate on their bizarre sense of humour. Nevertheless, they gifted the world one studio album; the aptly titled, Minimum Listening Guarantee (hitBACK Records), and a handful of singles on various like-minded labels. The songs they left behind are a short, erratic cacophony of guitar solos and are tailor made for the listener with a short attention span.

HOST - Mean Streak

HOST - Decisions

<BUY THEIR ALBUMS HERE>

Visit the Host website (largely a historical document of demos etc) and hitBACK Records

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