Warsaw, Poland based Hostia will be your favorite grindcore band on the strength of their self-titled debut full length due out this week on Via Nocturna. And you’ve probably never heard of them. Strong statement? Maybe. But they made us believers with their venomous approach to an already devastating genre. It’s thirteen songs of spewed bile rallying against religion, establishment and the boring status quo that sucks you in from the opening bell of “Corroded Cross” and finds you picking up teeth along the way to closer “Karl’s Delicatessen.” Plus, the production on this thing is such that not a second is wasted or lost under the weight of blasts and warp speed riffs. Just ahead of Hostia we sat down with the band to get acquainted via our set of Profile questions. Read on to see what they had to say and be sure to support the band from the links contained within.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
I got into Queen and then shortly after that into Metallica. I was blown away by them. And I still am. Then it went fast into more brutal bands like Death, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Vader, Sepultura, Slayer. When you cannot breath without music it is natural – that you want to play – to be on the other side – on stage! I achieved many things I would’ve never thought of in the beginning. But it’s not about the success. It’s about realizing an internal need of creating and playing. It helps us keep our insanity hehehe. I see as the success that we have a band of friends and really enjoy what we do.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
Ow, I guess we would have many stories like that being in this from the late 90s but HOSTIA is a new start for us. So for now we have a new clean book to be written with new stories in front of us! But OK – we always have the kind of “no one and nothing can stop us” attitude. So once after a show, when we packed all the gear and were supposed to drive to another city, our bus caught on fire. From under the steering wheel and legs of the driver. So we put it out. And surprisingly the bus started up and we were able to ride on! Good german car haha! The only problems were that the lights didn’t work properly and it was already dark, and the heat was dead in the middle of winter. I must say that sitting in the front seat next to the driver while driving through total darkness without lights make you feel alive! The rest were mostly deadly drunk in the back haha!
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
Great would be the internet. And the worst would be… the internet!
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
All of the above make us who we are. You can pretend that you fuck politics but in reality – it is politics that fucks you no matter if you are interested in it or not. We are lucky that in this band all of us are very different from each other but in the same time we have the same views on the most important topics. I don’t want to get into politics here much. I consider us as rationalists. We vote for freedom and liberty but at the same time you cannot tolerate intolerance. And here we come to HOSTIA’s main topics. We are in opposition to all organized religions as well as extreme, nationalist groups. We are surrounded by this shit here in Poland and it’s getting worse. Actual governments opened up pandoras box with all the worst social demons you can find. If you want to rule based on hate, frustration and the idea of the enemy hiding on every corner – then you divide the society. And that leads to blood on the streets. But humanity is too stupid to learn from its own history right? And religion is above all that shit and church supports that cause they live from it. We are NOT on any political side of anything. Keep your minds free and open! And yeah – we have lyrics based on actual horror/murder stories haha! In the end it’s grind right?
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
That was the TV, where I saw Queen and then Metallica playing at Wembley Stadium after Freddie’s death. I have a really great family but mostly they’re very into religion. My cousin was into metal so when I got into it I dug his collection a lot and from him discovered such great bands like Megadeth, Paradise Lost or polish Acid Drinkers. They never had an issue with the music. They were probably thinking that when I started to play the guitar it was only a teenager thing that I would forget in a few months. Well guess what – they were wrong haha! I guess they weren’t so happy with my anti religion views. Some of them try to make me come back on the loving bosom of the church but it only made me even more against it. But they are great enough to accept that at some point, hehehe. And they are brave enough to survive my FB posts haha.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Actually I am a journalist myself. I don’t write often but I do. I always have the attitude that I want to write about music I do like. I don’t see a point in wasting time on writing full of hate articles based on beating down any band. Even if I think they play deep shit. Shit for me could be great music for someone else so who the fuck am I to judge? So I focus on what I like. It does not mean I write only super positive stuff. It means being honest and not being the keyboard hater. It’s enough I cannot stand the reality and sometimes write against some politic shit. I have no need to waste more time on music I don’t like just to write that it’s shit. That’s one thing. Second thing is that so many so called journalists now just cannot write or don’t give a shit about the subject they write about. I get sick when I see the so called journalist interviewing the artist not knowing shit about him. It is just so disrespectful. Especially these days when you just have to spend fucking 10 minutes on Google to make yourself prepared for the interview. It’s all about doing your work. At the end of the day it’s you who puts your name under it. So really you want it being shit? But at the same time there are so many very passionate journalists that it is a real pleasure to talk with. It’s like even with you – we are a totally unknown band and we have kinda interesting conversation here no matter the fact that it is almost impossible to find any info about HOSTIA in the internet right now!
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
Cult of HOSTIA! You got my attention!
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
For a couple of weeks now, I cannot stop listening to Rancid “Honor Is All We Know.” And I have a mix of stuff in my player like Illusion, Metallica, last Morbid Angel, some of last Paradise Lost, Godsmack, some Napalm Death and some electronic stuff sometimes.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
Our album will be out May 31 on Via Nocturna! Then we will see what will come! We just released our second video for the song “I Will Not Follow.” Now we are working on two other videos. We would love to play some shows but it is a bit to early to say anything more specific. We are open to any good proposals.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Hostia for their time!