|Origin||Long Island, New York|
|Genres||Indie pop, Alternative rock|
|Years active||2016 - present|
|Members||Michael P. Raj (vocals) |
Frantz N. Cesar (bass)
Paul Brower (guitar)
Kevin Lopez (guitar)
Jacob Lopez (drums)
Hoax (stylized as HOAX) is an American indie pop band originating in Long Island, New York. The band is composed of Michael P. Raj (lead vocals), Frantz N. Cesar (bass guitar), Paul Brower (guitar), Kevin Lopez (guitar), and Jacob Lopez (drums) . HOAX's music has been described as "empathy pop" and "the sound of beautiful sadness."
The band originated with the members meeting while attending Hofstra University. They have been recognized for their diversity, representing Indian, Puerto Rican, Haitian, Ecuadorian, Irish, and Italian backgrounds in one music group.
Musical style and influences
Raj has cited Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, The Doors, and Arctic Monkeys as inspiration, and that that his greatest influences come from the writing of Ernest Hemingway and T.S. Eliot. He has also cited Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, and David Fincher as inspirations, stating that their "cinematic visions really impacted my perspective on the importance of storytelling."
HOAX released their debut single "Beach House" with their Story of Beach House website campaign in July 2016. Their second single "Indian Summer" was released in September 2016 and peaked at #41 on Spotify's UK Viral Top 50 Chart.
On June 16, 2017, HOAX released their first EP, The Truth and Other Lies. The lead single "Island" peaked at #512 on the Apple Music All Genres Chart in Lao People's Democratic Republic and was also featured on Ebro Darden's Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music.
On September 29, 2017, the band released their second EP words that end with wh(y). The lead single "Sway" peaked at #55 on the Apple Music Alternative Charts in Mongolia.
The band supported Boy Pablo during his summer tour in 2018.
On August 31, 2018, HOAX released "Moon Moon Baby" which peaked at #150 on the iTunes Alternative Charts in France. The respective music video was released on September 14, 2018. The band released "Grow" on September 28, 2018, which Earmilk compared to Bee Gees and praised for having "a vintage feel while still maintaining to stay current."
The band's debut album titled b? is set to be released in 2019.
- "Beach House" (2016)
- "Indian Summer" (2016)
- "Pretty" (2017)
- "Barely" (2017)
- "Moon Moon Baby" (2018)
- "Grow" (2018)
- The Truth and Other Lies (2017)
- words that end with wh(y) (2017)
- b? sides (2019)
- b? (2019)