Hail (indie band)

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OriginUnited States
GenresIndie rock
Alternative rock
Years active1980s–present
LabelsRecommended Records
Associated actsKissyfur, Thinking Plague, Venus Handcuffs, The Work
MembersSusanne Lewis, Bob Drake
Past membersBill Gilonis, Dave Kerman, Chris Cutler

Hail are an American indie/punk band with an avant-garde twist consisting of Susanne Lewis (vocals, guitar, main composer and lyricist) and Bob Drake (bass). The band has also had guest appearances from Mike Johnson, Dave Kerman, Chris Cutler and Bill Gilonis.[1][2][3][4]


Albums include Gypsy Cat & Gypsy Bird (1988), Turn of the Screw (1990) and Kirk (1992). In 2006, Lewis and Drake released a new Hail album, Hello Debris, on Recommended Records.

Lewis also collaborated with Azalia Snail for the Hail/Snail album How to Live with a Tiger (1993), and she guested alongside Cutler on Biota's album Object Holder (1995).


  1. ^ CD Review Digest: Jazz, popular, etc - Volume 6, Issue 4 - Page 222 1879796090 1992 Susanne Lewis (voc); Bob Drake (vln/kbds/gtr/bass/drums). RER [no number cited] 60:00 2579 "Though they've had at least one prior album, I can't believe I haven't heard this group before. Hail sounds a lot like Bongwater, but their music is ...
  2. ^ Option - Issues 54-58 1994 "It was in a skyscraper on the 30th floor," says guitarist and songwriter Suzanne Lewis, who formed the duo with an old friend, engineer Bob Drake, "It had a really clean, cold ... Hail understands the fine line between innocence and studied ...
  3. ^ Signal to Noise - Issues 36-39 - Page 19 2005 ... All 7's and bonus tracks. First time on CD. Ad Hoc 05 ANDY BOLE "Ramshackle Pier" Reissue of FOLKROOTS' album of the year. First time on CD. "Venus Handcuffs" Pre-'Hail' recordings by Susanne Lewis and Bob Drake. First time on CD.
  4. ^ Ear - Volume 14 - Page 52 1989 BOB DRAKE, Mike Johnson, and Susanne Lewis have recorded in any of their various bands, which include Cage of Reason, Corpses as Bed- mates, and Hail.

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