Hoobastank Relied “Only On Their Ears” Amid Recording Self-Titled Album In A Pre-Protools Era

As Hoobastank continues to spend time at 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica, the guys admire the (dusty) tape decks on the wall and reflect on what it was like recording back in 2001. After signing their first record deal the year prior, Hoobastank was ready to turn new songs into future hits. In a time before Protools, the band needed to perfect the recording during live-takes as there was no opportunity to go back to the computer and make slight adjustments after. 

“The way you record now, everything is fixable” vocalist Doug Robb shares. “Punching in on a tape machine is just way different than a computer”.

Despite the advancements in technology, Hoobastank’s self-titled album has stood the test of time. Two decades later, Hoobastank is still clocking in at just under 7M monthly listeners on Spotify and “Crawling In The Dark” has surpassed the 100M streaming mark across DSPs. The band’s 2003 follow up studio album The Reason took them to even greater heights and solidified Hoobastank as a household name. The title track “The Reason” went 4x RIAA Platinum and racked up quite a few #1 chart positions along the way, while the album went 2x RIAA Platinum. “The Reason” has over 2 Billion streams/views which has helped lead the way to the band’s catalog surpassing the 3 billion mark across the various streaming platforms. 

Hoobastank continues to hit career milestones as the official music video for “The Reason” recently crossed 900M views on YouTube.

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Hoobastank hit the road this week with Lit this fall on the co-headlining “Tried-N-True” tour alongside Alien Ant Farm and The Ataris’ vocalist Kristopher Roe. The tour kicked off in Nashville, TN on October 14th and will run through mid-November hitting North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Texas. VIP packages are still available, including the Tried-N-True VIP Meet & Greet Experience, which includes a pre-show hang and photo op with members of Hoobastank, Lit, and Alien Ant Farm, one VIP exclusive autographed tour poster, one VIP exclusive merch item, priority entry into the venue and more. For more information on tickets and VIP details, visit:

Hoobastank and Lit Co-Headlining Tour Dates

with Alien Ant Farm and Kristopher Roe of The Ataris

October 14 – Nashville, TN – SkyDeck

October 15 – High Point, NC – Ziggy’s Outdoor

October 16 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest Café *

October 18 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo PAC

October 20 – Greenville, SC – Peace Concert Hall

October 22 – Sugar Hill, GA – City Event

October 23 – Wilmington, NC – Surf’s Up

October 26 – Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor

October 27 – Ocala, FL – Reilly Arts Center

November 2 – Gollad, TX – Schroeder Hall

November 3 – Cypress, TX – Frio Hill Country

November 4 – New Braunfels, TX – Texas Ski Ranch

November 5 – Carrollton, TX – Festival at The Switchyard +

November 6 – Odessa, TX – The Ector Theatre

November 8 – Cedar Park, TX – The Haute Spot

November 9 – Christoval, TX – Cooper’s BBQ/LIVE!

* Alien Ant Farm will not be on this date. 

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