“A Melodic, Fiery Hoedown.” – The Deli Magazine
“No conceivable instrument onstage goes unused amongst the talented musicians.” – LocalBozo.com
Roots-rock multi-instrumentalists, The Hollows have premiered a tribute to the great Levon Helm today on Relix.com. Check out their cover of The Band’s “The Weight” here, http://bit.ly/JZREx. The Hollows will release their sophomore studio project, The Hollows EP on June 26th, 2012. Listeners can get a preview of the EP by downloading the first single, “Carried Away” on MP3.com here, http://bit.ly/KpxalT. A freewheeling hootenany of a band, The Hollows, combine a veritable junkyard of mandolins, banjos, guitars, accordions, horns, harmonicas, and various other musical doodads in constant rotation. With no frontman (or six frontmen), everyone writes and arranges material, creating a diverse and uniquely blended sound. Their debut LP, Belong to the Land, landed the band features in The Deli Magazine (Artist of The Month), TimeOut NY (Critic’s Pick) and a performance at 2011’s CMJ Music Marathon. Watch the official video for “Poor Eyes” here, http://bit.ly/zRmrl2.
The formation of The Hollows was a very gradual process. Erik Saxvik (Illinois), David Paarlberg (New Jersey), Jeffrey Kurtze (Indiana), and Daniel Kwiatkowski (Michigan) all studied theatre together in college during the mid-2000s. The four friends would spend many a night playing music in living rooms, bonding over their love of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Waits and all things strange and spooky; but it wasn’t until the foursome relocated to New York City and met Rob Morrison (North Carolina) and Justin Aaronson (the only native New Yorker) that The Hollows sextet was finally complete.
Because everyone played two to three instruments, it became a growing theme to swap them around at shows. Additionally, there were four songwriters, so there was a rotating frontman for each tune. This was perhaps based both on a theatrical model as well as one the group’s strongest influences, The Band, who seemed to pride themselves on the strength of the ensemble rather than any one member. Like a lot of great NYC bands, The Hollows had their humble beginnings playing two-month long residencies at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn. It was there that they honed their sound and crafted their live shows that they’re known for today.
Since then, The Hollows have rocked CMJ, played one of the final shows at Southpaw, as well as designed, shot and released their first music video. Their sophomore self-titled release solidifies their strength as a six piece. The three-track EP showcases the band’s unique ability to utilize their individual talents to the strength of the whole – with lead vocals, instrumentation and songwriting credited to a different member on each track. Following the success of Belong to the Land, the new EP, The Hollows, presents a marked change and maturity not only to the band’s sound, but also to the band itself.
The Hollows will release their self-titled EP on June 26th, 2012.
6/26 – EP Release Show @ Brooklyn Bowl with The Nuclears and The Bottom Dollars
Release Self-Titled EP on June 26th! Watch their live performance of August here.