Originally formed in 1994 in Agoura Hills, California, USA, Hoobastank broke into the mainstream at the start of the new millennium alongside fellow melodic metal bands Incubus and Puddle Of Mudd. Borrowing elements from challenging groundbreakers such as Faith No More and Tool, the quartet comprises Douglas Robb (vocals), Dan Estrin (guitar), Markku Lappalainen (bass) and Chris Hesse (drums). They began playing primarily around the California area during the mid-90s, including at noted venues such as the Palace and the Universal Amphitheatre. In July 1998, the band issued their debut, They Sure Don't Make Basketball Shorts Like They Used To, a self-produced and financed recording that caused a buzz among several major labels, leading to the quartet eventually signing with Universal Records. Their major label debut, Hoobastank, was released in November 2001 and immediately caused a splash with mainstream rock radio and MTV. The follow-up The Reason was...