Hoobastank in L.A.

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From left: Hoobastank's Dan Estrin, Doug Robb and Chris Hesse, and mastering engineer Brian "Big Bass" Gardner

Photo: David Goggin

What's the reason for Hoobastank's recent visit to Bernie Grundman Mastering? To reunite with Brian “Big Bass” Gardner to master their new album, Every Man for Himself, out this month on Island Records; Gardner also mastered their Grammy-nominated debut, The Reason. The band also reconnected with producer Howard Benson for their new album, which has already yielded a radio hit: “If I Were You.”