Hoobastank Reveals ‘Crawling In The Dark’ Was Created In The 11th Hour and Almost Didn’t Make The Record

Hoobastank Reveals ‘Crawling In The Dark’ Was Created In The 11th Hour and Almost Didn’t Make The Record

Watch Docuseries Episode 5: BEHIND THE SONGS here: https://youtu.be/GfViBF21dL8



As Hoobastank looks back on putting together the final touches on their debut, self-titled album, Hoobastank, the guys immediately felt like there was a different vibe to “Ready For You,” “Up and Gone,” and “Hello Again” amid other fan favorite tracks. With a day or two left in pre-production, Dan Estrin came to vocalist, Doug Robb, and drummer, Chris Hesse, with a guitar idea, despite the fact that they were basically done with the album and ready to head to the studio to start recording. That guitar idea turned into “Crawling in The Dark,”  the iconic song with a killer guitar intro that launched Hoobastank into global superstars.


“I took it home and I think the next day literally I had all the melodies and lyrics written,” shares Hoobastank vocalist, Doug Robb. “‘Crawling In the Dark,’ for me, was the only song that I ever remember us writing and recording and being like ‘that’s the single.’ All of us right away were like that’s going to be the first single” adds Hoobastank’s drummer, Chris Hesse.


Two decades later, Hoobastank is still clocking in at 7M monthly listeners on Spotify and “Crawling In The Dark” has surpassed the 100M streaming mark across DSPs. The band’s 2003 follow up studio album The Reason took them to even greater heights and solidified Hoobastank as a household name. The title track “The Reason” went 4x RIAA Platinum and racked up quite a few #1 chart positions along the way, while the album went 2x RIAA Platinum. “The Reason” has over 2 Billion streams/views which has helped lead the way to the band’s catalog surpassing the 3 billion mark across the various streaming platforms. 


Hoobastank continues to hit career milestones as the official music video for “The Reason” recently crossed 900M views on YouTube.


Watch Docuseries Episode 5: BEHIND THE SONGS here: https://youtu.be/GfViBF21dL8


Hoobastank hit the road last month with Lit on the co-headlining “Tried-N-True” tour alongside Alien Ant Farm and The Ataris’ vocalist Kristopher Roe. The tour kicked off in Nashville, TN on October 14th and will run through mid-November hitting North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Texas. VIP packages are still available, including the Tried-N-True VIP Meet & Greet Experience, which includes a pre-show hang and photo op with members of Hoobastank, Lit, and Alien Ant Farm, one VIP exclusive autographed tour poster, one VIP exclusive merch item, priority entry into the venue and more. For more information on tickets and VIP details, visit: hoobastank.com


Hoobastank and Lit Co-Headlining Tour Dates

with Alien Ant Farm and Kristopher Roe of The Ataris


October 14 – Nashville, TN – SkyDeck

October 15 – High Point, NC – Ziggy’s Outdoor

October 16 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest Café *

October 18 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo PAC

October 20 – Greenville, SC – Peace Concert Hall

October 22 – Sugar Hill, GA – City Event

October 23 – Wilmington, NC – Surf’s Up

October 26 – Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor

October 27 – Ocala, FL – Reilly Arts Center

November 2 – Gollad, TX – Schroeder Hall

November 3 – Cypress, TX – Frio Hill Country

November 4 – New Braunfels, TX – Texas Ski Ranch

November 5 – Carrollton, TX – Festival at The Switchyard +

November 6 – Odessa, TX – The Ector Theatre

November 8 – Cedar Park, TX – The Haute Spot

November 9 – Christoval, TX – Cooper’s BBQ/LIVE!


* Alien Ant Farm will not be on this date. 

+ Only Hoobastank and Lit



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