The Hails • Foxtide
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Following a string of encounters too strange to be coincidence, Robbie Kingsley, Franco Solari, Dylan McCue, Andre Escobar and Zach Levy came together to form The Hails. Despite first playing in an insular Miami high school music scene, the band officially formed at the University of Florida, turning the tattered carpeting and beer bottle lined shelves of their shitty college house into a distinct, refined sound that is now synonymous with their name. After graduation, the group made the pilgrimage back to their home of Miami, the city that directly influenced the sound of their early shimmering singles Younger and Stay, debut EP He Seems Upset (2020), and the subsequent Alive in Strange Ways (2021). Receiving praise from the likes of Ones To Watch, American Songwriter, Lyrical Lemonade, Atwood Magazine and others, The Hails went on to hold court at festivals including WonderStruck, Okeechobee and Playground, interspersed between sold-out shows across the state of Florida. The first half of 2022 also saw The Hails join WILLIS for West and East Coast dates. Firing the starting pistol of their next chapter, The Hails released Exonerate in October 2022, ushering in a flood of editorial praise from Billboard, Consequence, EARMILK and many others excited by the direction the band is headed in. The same weekend as the single’s release, The Hails took it to Miami’s infamous III Points Festival, winning the crowd’s energy over with a track that had only been out for 24 hours.