Rising Welsh metallers, HOUSE OF HOSTS, have stepped up with their mightily impressive new single and video, Oblivion, – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM3b07HVC5s . With that in mind, we checked in with the band to find out more:
What is the full band line-up, who sings and who plays which instrument?
The band is made up Daniel Griffiths on vocals, James Russell and Ross Davies on guitars, Jack Hunt on bass and Beth Goodwin on the drums. We all kinda pitch in on backing vocals as well, even James who can only hit 2 notes.
How and when did the band form?
After our most recent bands disbanded, I decided to go back to my roots of playing what came naturally to me. No way I could have anyone else playing along beside other than Beth and quickly asked Dan to join too. After getting the foundations together of what would be the 2nd Generation of House of Hosts, Jack was suggested to the band through a mutual friend and after a while we needed a second guitarist to fill our live sound, Ross was a natural person to join, being the Bill to Jack’s Ben.
When and how did the band really start gelling and solidifying?
We felt we have good thing going from the beginning really but as soon as Ross joined back in April, we knew he was the missing piece to the puzzle that we didn’t know we needed but somehow still missed.
Who are your musical influences?
How long you got? (ha).
Dan “Easily Disturbed, David Draiman has always been a massive influence on my vocals and the way he controls a crowd and has them eating out of the palm of his hand”.
James “Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora’s ability to serve the song has always inspired me, the way he never overplays but seems to find the perfect parts is genius”.
Ross “Dream Theatre. Every note has got to mean something”.
Jack “Slipknot, I love Paul Gray’s ability to choose when to follow the main guitar or add something spicy”.
Beth “Evanescence, whilst I loved their early work, after Will Hunt joined, I think he was able to take the band to another level and really inspired me to add more flair to my playing”.
Where did the name of the band come from?
When we started the band back in 2013, we were trying to come up with band names I used to host a lot of house parties at my parents and whilst I’m not sure exactly why that popped into my head as an idea, it just kinda stuck.
Huh…. Never knew the origin story of the band name is so shit (laughs)
How far back does your history with each other (the band members) extend? Are you friends from school or any family relations?
James found Beth via a post Band Mix and after a practice in a very leaky shed, House of Hosts and a great friendship were born. Beth and Griff were mates from college and Beth introduced James and Griff together and the 3 of them have played in several different metal bands on and off over the years. Jack and Ross met each other back in comprehensive in the music department and before they knew it, they were best mates.
Where have you played or toured?
We’ve all been in loads of different bands over the years so have played most places in South Wales but have played further afield like Manchester. No real tours yet as the bands we’ve been in previous have all fallen apart just before we were about to hit the road, but this band already feels different and we’re going to get a tour organised next year.
In your opinion, how is your band different from all the other bands out there?
I think us all bringing such a variety of different influences into the melting pot, not trying to write music that fits into a specific genre or “sound” but just writing music that we enjoy.
If a deaf person were to ask you to describe the sound of your music, how would you describe it?
It’s like you’re cruising along nice calm river but every now and again you’ll hit some rapids and even the occasional waterfall.
Where can we find your social media sites?
We can be found on all major social media sites through the following link: