“Hail the Titans? More like Fail the Titans!” That quote isn’t from a heckler in the back of the room at a Hail the Titans show; it’s from one of the band members. Which one? Good question. It could have been any of them, really. While the band takes their music seriously, they don’t necessarily take themselves that way.
Some people might have expected them to. When being described as “a vocal-less Mars Volta” or having their debut album reviewed as “standing proudly alongside Mogwai’s ‘Young Team’ or Explosions in the Sky’s ‘How Strange, Innocence’ as a post-rock debut worth embracing,” it might boost some egos. But in the case of Hail the Titans, these accolades seem to have encouraged them to just work even harder.
So they did. Within months of releasing “Hymns of Mare Nostrum,” the band entered the studio – this time with long-time friend Joe Collins – to record a follow-up EP to “Hymns.” All of this while still booking as many shows as they could around the Southeast and beyond – including a summer tour that took them all the way to Brooklyn, NYC.
No official release date has been set, but the new EP will include just two songs, but time-wise, it is almost half the length of “Hymns.” The tracks feature musical compositions that, while embracing progressive, post-rock and even surf-rock elements, flow in similar ways to orchestral movements.
The band’s hard work, dedication and ability to connect with fans without utilizing a vocalist has provided them opportunities to share the stage with bands such as Jucifer, Maserati, Agent Orange and the Trews. They were also invited to perform at an official stop of the 2011 Bullrun party that was filmed for MTV.
Hail the Titans uses Knucklehead guitar and bass strings.
Guitar tech: Zane Tremontana