3300+ Climbing Blog
Ariel: First thing's first. Does the name Hoyle have a specific meaning? And while we're on the topic of meanings, what does Massa Peccati [the name of Hoyle's first record] mean?
Nathan: Hoyle is a family name. Originally, I used it to release hip hop instrumentals online. In college I started tooling around on the guitar and writing some songs. One of my demos got out and I was requested to start playing out. Band names are hard to choose, so I just stuck with the moniker I used while releasing instrumentals. Massa Peccati is a phrase used by the philosopher Augustine. It is in reference to how humanity is prone to cause trouble. It plays into general concepts that tie that first record together.
A: I was giving Massa Peccati a listen and Fida intrigued me, what's the story behind Fida?
N: Fida is one of the special tracks on the record. We had to record our debut album, Massa Peccati, three separate times due to some insane acts of nature. This is the only track that made it on the record from our first recording session. It was tracked live in our guitarists living room in a single take. The house he lived in in Tallahassee was super old. Depending on the night, recording there could be an absolute nightmare because the electricity was totally out of whack. In order to not pick up this crazy electrical buzz from the mics, we had to record the song in this tiny area of the house where the buzz wasn't occurring. I was crammed into a doorway with two mics on me and my banjo. My producers, Jeremiah Dunlap and Joel Piedt, were sitting close next to me, with Jeremiah on the guitar and Joel on the piano. We cut it once and put it away as reference. As we re-recorded the record, we totally forgot about that track. I was doing final reviews of the record before we got it to our licensing agency and I really felt the record needed a reset moment. Something a bit more genuine to cut through the heavy production. I rediscovered the demo and found that the lyrics, which I had made up on the spot, provided this pleasant abstraction that was perfect between the two halves of the record.
A: Massa Peccati was released in 2013. What has Hoyle been up to since then?
N: We had written around 20 songs after the launch of Massa Peccati. We were pretty surprised by the interested we received because of that record, so we got to work and were planning on releasing a new record. A cancer diagnosis, an unexpected pregnancy and the launch of a recording studio stopped all of that. The band laid dormant for most of 2014, trying to get our bearing after so much change. in 2015, we went back into the studio to record a new EP for the summer. We finished that record, "Simple Pleasures", in the late winter and released it in April 2016. Before the album even dropped, I was already working on our new concept record. Had some dreams and ideas that were keeping me up at night. Ended up carrying them over into our upcoming project.
A: What does 2017 hold for Hoyle?
N: We're looking forward to 2017. We've been cooking up some good stuff in the studio and visually. You'll be seeing some singles dropping and a record coming soon after.
A: Are you working on a new album? Does it have a focus like Massa Peccati did?
N: We are! This record is fairly different than our other material. This is a concept album based off a relationship between a camgirl and a failed minister. We'll be providing more info on that soon, but for now, follow us on IG or FB. We're dropping new stuff real soon.
A: Thanks for speaking with me! Where are all the places people can find you?
N: Appreciate you reaching out. Excited about all that you are doing. Below is how people can find us:
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