Today is Friday, only it’s not just any Friday. Today marks the introduction of a new regular posting called the “Friday Feature.”
Every week, The Hawaii Herald will profile a different musician of Japanese descent – from Hawaii, Japan or anywhere else on the globe. Why a music feature? Well, there are many talented musicians of Japanese descent, only most people in the listening public aren’t aware of their Japanese ancestry – not that that is a bad thing because music should speak for itself. However, this being a Japanese American publication, it is nice to know and celebrate what Japanese and Japanese Americans are accomplishing across the world. So without further delay . . . the inaugural Friday Feature is . . .
Doug Robb, lead singer of the popular alternative rock band Hoobastank. Funny name for a band, right? Well, according to the 33-year-old Robb, who is Japanese from his mother’s side and Scottish from his father’s side, it doesn’t mean anything. It did, however, get the band a lot of attention at first. But all that changed when Hoobastank released their second album The Reason in 2003. The album went double platinum and the band became a popular group in alternative rock circles. Their third album, Every Man for Himself, while only going Gold, still managed to keep the band in the limelight. Their fourth yet-untitled album, which the band reportedly poured a lot of effort into, should be released this year.
Here’s Robb and Hoobastank singing their hit single “The Reason” live in Rome.