Five Questions With… Hold Station

Band: Hold Station
Country of Origin: France
Photographer Anestis ALEXANDRIDIS; Makeup By Juliette PLASSE

Hold Station bridges elements of that nostalgic sound of 90s college rock with jazz-tinged psych and garage-laced kosmische grooves. Their 2019 record, Sunshine People & Robot Bugs, sounds as fresh as a crisp Spring day.

Late last year Hold Station embarked on a tour supporting their new record that took them as far as Serbia. You can hear the record digitally (below) but, for you vinyl junkies, don’t worry there are LPs on the way.

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without)

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – I’m in Your Mind

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

The band started as a jam project in high school, where three of the current members met and started playing together in various projects. After the departure of their original vocalist, they asked Nick in, and the band turned to more psych-garagey music, started playing more shows, ended up recording albums, and here we are!

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

Underground scene in France is very diverse, mostly centered around punkish genres, there’s also a tendency towards gentrification of the scene, with more expensive poshy places opening and claiming their part in the scene, while also bringing in new neighbors, with as a consequence the en masse closing of legendary places… There are many different types of scenes which, unlike in other countries, are pretty distant from each other, but the true DIY network is still strong and interconnected throughout the country.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

For our last record we’ve developed a taste in SF and utopic literature, which seem very much relevant these days (see Asimov, Orwell…). We feel it’s important to acknowledge the visionary nature of these writings and transpose their spirit into today’s world, to show its frightening side.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

This is a tough question as we all have different memories of very different shows, but one common great memory we have is Vibra festival in Balboa (Spain), a lovely little festival in a town in the hills of Galicia : a river running through the village, all-night shows in old traditional houses made of brick, wood and hay, everyone was very welcoming to us, it captured the “hippie” relaxed spirit perfectly, and even though we drove about 1000km to get there we immediately felt like home!

Ryan

Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.