We’re pleased to bring you the exclusive stream of Hoist the Colors’ new album Mourners (listen below), which is scheduled for release on September 24th through Hardline Entertainment.
To celebrate the album launch, the band is playing a string of dates on the West Coast supporting the Dropkick Murphys on their 20th anniversary tour (including a hometown show at the Hollywood Palladium), as well as Get Shamrocked, Southern California’s biggest Irish music festival, alongside The Mahones, The Tossers, and Flatfoot 56. See dates below.
Mourners finds Hoist the Colors expanding on their trademark mix of folk traditions and punk energy, exploring new sounds and focusing on songcraft.
“This time out, we focused 100% on songwriting,” remarks songwriter and lead singer Josh Linden. “While we’re extremely happy with the sounds we captured, at the end of the day, the songs are the most important thing. We really took our time to write meaningful songs that tell stories and take the listener on a journey. Mourners is the most honest music the band has ever written.”
Alongside this honesty is a grit that reflects the band’s struggles from three years on the road, as well as their evolution as people and musicians
“The album is definitely darker,” adds guitarist Jeff Murphy. “But ultimately the darker mood gives way to themes of hope and redemption.” Culled from more than 25 songs, the final 12 on Mourners are an acknowledgement of mortality and a statement about the pain and loss of an irretrievable past.
But for all it’s grieving, ultimately the album is a plea to live in the present, and to never give up on the things that give us joy – love, adventure, family, and of course, music.
Sept 24 – Murrieta, CA – Get Shamrocked Festival with The Tossers, Flatfoot 56, The Mahones
Sept 29 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee w/ Dropkick Murphys
Sept 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium w/ Dropkick Murphys, James Fearnley of the Pogues
Oct 01 – Chico, CA – The Senator Theatre w/ Dropkick Murphys