Hail the Hatter is a TRinidad Rock & Roll band dedicated to bringing the fun back to Rock music!
How would you describe your music?
Our music was born after an intense orgy between Black Label Society, Guns n’ Roses, and Guthrie Govan. The Child was midwifed by Judas Priest, and raised by Black Sabbath, and learned to play catch with the neighbour kids Pantera and Avatar!
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Basically Jonathan Boos our singer had moved back home from Florida, where he had played in several bands. He was missing music, so he reached out to a friend to find out who may be available to jam. His friend put him in touch with Dax Cartar our guitarist. They got together to jam, and soon realized they both saw the modern music the same way. They both found that modern rock musicians had forgotten that rock music was supposed to be fun and irreverent. They had given up the oul of rock music for virtuosity. Essentially modern rock had become for musicians only and not the general public. They decided to form a band that would show that virtuosity and fun could coexist in a band. Quickly they added Devin Harry Paul on Bass, and Nicholai Assam on drums. Quickly they wrote five songs, but unfortunately Devin had to leave the band to deal with some personal issues. Aaron Lowchewtung quickly joined on Bass, a sixth song “God Bless The Beast” was quickly written, and we went into the studio to record the E.P. that would become “Discovering Light”.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Everyone in the band is different. But the top influences for the band would definitely be Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, and Pantera (All members, but especially Dime).
What inspires you?
It changes constantly. Each song is written individually. The band doesn’t have any rules as to what we write. Something new could inspire us that day, and a new song could be born because of it. But what inspires us throughout everything is high energy, good times rock and roll and metal.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
All our writing happens in the band room and the shower. Which was kind of expensive in the beginning cause we had to build a shower to fit the entire band, then we had to scotch-guard all the gear. But hey, anything for our art.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
“Bone Grin” Is probably everyone’s favourite. It’s our first song and it just totally encapsulates everything the band is meant to be. It fast, hard, wild, and all around head banging insanity.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
We are a young band, so we just want to play. But there are so many heroes on the road right now Guns, Priest, Black Label, Rob Zombie, and so many new guys like Avatar, Code Orange, Greta Van Fleet, In This Moment, Slipknot. The list goes on and on.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Well the old music industry just doesn’t exist any more. The old record companies have no idea what to do, and radio is in a funk. Radio no longer cares about music and exposing new artists. They are all about the profit even more than before. For the first time in history artists can actually retain the rights to their music and promote their music themselves. The next step is that streaming radio needs to become more accessible and used by the general public. Once this occurs, it could be the next golden age for music.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Well we haven’t been on tour yet. So someone invite us on the road, and we promise you we will give everyone something they will never forget.
What are your future plans?
Right now we are just trying to get as many people as possible to listen to our music. Which is why we have it for FREE DOWNLOAD on our website www.hailthehatter.com. This April we are competing for a spot at Wacken Open Air 2018, and after that we are planning an east coast tour of the U.S. So please spread our music so we can come and enjoy a cold beverage and some rock and roll at a town near you!!!