The Hindu Pirates' Musical Growth Is a Joint Venture

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Rollin' together
If there's one thing the Hindu Pirates have learned during the rising tide of their rock & roll stardom, it's the value of teamwork. Especially when it comes to rolling a joint at a moment's notice. Sitting on the back patio of the Echo in Los Angeles, preparing to open for the Smith Westerns, their altruistic tendencies came in handy just minutes before soundcheck. One by one, they all chipped in a piece of the pot-smoking puzzle--first the papers, then the green, followed by some nimble-fingered rolling techniques. And in less than three minutes, their mission was accomplished.

Their demeanor was loose and relaxed, never wasting an opportunity to crack a joke or pick on their own version of Parks & Recreation's Jerry Gergich, guitarist Giuseppe "Joey" LoBasso. But it's all in good fun, as the quintet have both a spoken and unspoken musical chemistry that creates a sound greater than the sum of their individual talents.

Formed in 2009 while the members were in high school, the Hindu Pirates have gradually earned the plaudits of local music critics and bloggers, one even labeling them "future stars" ahead of their successful stint at South By Southwest. Upon hearing this for the first time, the band couldn't hide their smiles.

"It's really cool to hear stuff like that," bassist Derek Bostleman says.

Guitarist Casey Snyder adds that those well-attended shows in Austin were the band's second time playing outside California.

Having known one another since their early days in the Huntington Beach/Costa Mesa area, there's a degree of controlled chaos that comes with being in this band. That came through loud and clear in previous recordings, including their 2010 debut full length, Pelican Daze, a fun, scrappy, surprisingly catchy effort they finished tracking in a mere eight hours. Wide-eyed, youthful exuberance certainly helps, but it's the synergy between the five band members that separates this group from other emerging rock bands. Though they're known for blending garage and surf rock, the guys don't want to be pigeonholed.

"We're not really surf punk anymore," Snyder says. "We're moving more toward indie, psychedelic, alternative rock. We can be labeled a thousand different ways, and we're still a bit garage-y."

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