Freeport, NY indie-alternative band HOAX sprinkle their sound with a healthy pinch of soul, creating shoulder-rocking grooves bound to satisfy. Throughout their sophomore album Words That End With Wh(y), sauntering melodies pair with complex and ultimately hopeful ruminations on following dreams against expectations.

Listening to the seven-song release, it’s easy to suggest influences varying from indie rock titans Kings of Leon to the polarizing yet undeniably impactful Kanye West. To shine a light on their inspirations, we asked HOAX to explore their ten favorite albums, explaining how these albums guide their own musical aspirations.

The Strokes – Is This It
“The Strokes introduced us to the lo-fi indie grit sound. Is This It is a really dear and special album to us that had come to influence HOAX’s sound. They’ve made a dent on the indie rock scene and the mainstream media by being honest and capturing the emotion of a generation.”

The Black Keys – Brothers
“This Black Keys are one of those rock bands that will forever be ingrained in our memories. The Brothers album is special for everything it stands for, and has records that are unique to their sound. When you listen to The Black Keys, you just know the band is lead by two of the most unassuming musical geniuses who continuously prove that soul comes from the heart.”

Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull
Mechanical Bull is a classic album that continues to ripple through our hearts to this day.”

Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
“The mind blowing lyricism from Alex Turner’s teenage mind is truly a beautiful work of art. When I first heard this album, I couldn’t help but feel like I wanted to quit music – I was jealous of this prodigy. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not is a damn great album that will always be replayed for generations to come.”

The Killers – Sam’s Town
Sam’s Town is both cinematic and exciting. Every track off the album can somehow feel super accessible and worldly at the same time. Alone, The Killers seem like a band that wouldn’t quite fit together, but when all the parts are orchestrated by Brandon Flowers’ introspective mind, everything works together perfectly.”

The xx – xx
“No other album compares to the soothing, impassioned, and soulful guitars in The xx’s debut album.”

Radiohead – In Rainbows
“These masters of sonic airways really know how to set the mood and create an ambience. Radiohead’s In Rainbows album influenced our approach to focus on capturing moments and writing songs that will last longer than its run time.”

Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
“This album is for everyone – literally everyone. Frank Ocean is an icon songbird of our generation, and has the quality to unite anyone and everyone through his passionate voice. Obviously, his golden pen is an inspiration to us both as people and as songwriters.”

Tame Impala – Currents
“Seriously, what is there left to say?”

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
“Last but not least, just like the genius himself, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a generational masterpiece and the only album we can listen to every single week.”

Listen to HOAX’s newest release, Words That End With Wh(y) below!