HIDDEN HOSPITALS–DAVE RAYMOND (Vocals/Guitar), JARED KARNS (Drums), STEVE DOWNS (Guitar) and JOHN SCOTT(Bass/Vocals)–has an innovative sound and a fierce dedication to developing it. Though this genre-defying quartet self-identifies as an “alternative rock” band, that title is a catch-all for a sound that is difficult to define. Before presenting themselves to the world, the band spent nearly a year writing and recording their first release, EP 001, while devoting themselves to perfecting a live performance that would do the record justice.
“While we love the writing and recording process, our main goal is to be the best live band we can be. Onstage is the ultimate destination for our songwriting process.” says RAYMOND. “The time we get to be onstage in front of an audience is a special thing, and we take that responsibility very seriously. We want the audience to leave each night knowing that we gave everything we had and didn’t take a minute of it for granted.”
In 2012, under the direction of Nashville producer/mixer J. HALL, the band independently released two 5-song recordings, EP 001 and EP 002. EP 002 has received critical acclaim, with PunkNews.org raving: “Hidden Hospitals knocked this five-tracker out the park… Raymond’s vocal delivery and dynamic songwriting is a key asset but the intricate guitar work, sleek bass lines and slick drumming all complement Raymond’s voice like a glove. They’ve honed their talent to near-perfection here…Definitely get this one.”
Keep it locked on 88.1 The ‘Burg to hear brand new music from the latest Hidden Hospitals album, EP 001 + EP 002.
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