There are two artists called "Hoarse" 1. Formed in 1994 in Detroit, USA. 2. Formed in 2008 in Norwich, England. taken from :http://forgottentreasures.blogspot.com/ and is relevant to the first "Hoarse" band. 1) "When I first became aware of Hoarse, all I knew about them was that they included an ex-member of the band Sponge, so I was surprised when I heard a band that to me sounded more akin to Revelation records melodic post-hardcore bands like Farside, Shades Apart, Quicksand, etc. than the radio rock of Sponge. As it would turn out, Hoarse's principal songwriter, John Speck (who lists punk bands like Dag Nasty and The Descendents as influences), formed the band in 1994 with bassist Robby Graham - a year before Sponge's breakthrough Rotting Pinata album. Drummer Jimmy Paluzzi left Sponge to join Hoarse the following year, giving the band the blessing and the curse of the "ex-Sponge" tag. Hoarse was quickly snatched up by RCA records, who released their debut, Happens Twice, in 1997. As the story so often goes, Hoarse had major conflicts with their record label, who apparently were unhappy enough with the album's original version to actually send the band an Everclear CD with a note that read: "this is what I want to hear". In the end, Happens Twice simply didn't sound very much like Everclear or whatever else was selling at the time, and strained relations with the label led to the band calling it quits a mere six months after the album's release. A few years later, Speck and Paluzzi regrouped as The Fags, a retro power pop style band who too had a brief major label run, this time with Sire records. Speck is currently revisiting his punk rock roots with new a band, The HiFi Handgrenades. "