You Sing, I Write: Band of the Week: The Hollows

Monday, October 12, 2009

Band of the Week: The Hollows

Forming just six months ago, The Hollows have been packing venues throughout New York with their roots-based Americana and jam band style of music. The five-piece New York outfit is often accompanied onstage by additional guest performers with instruments as varied as an accordion, trumpet and banjo.

A few weeks ago I caught The Hollows performance at Fat Baby where they played to a standing room only crowd for nearly two hours. For a fairly new band, the fact that they even had enough original material to play for that long is impressive. Fans in attendance could be heard singing along and dancing in what little floor space was available.

While music fans seem to love their music, venues share similar sentiments. Pete's Candy Store newsletter described their music as, "An amalgam of country blues, rockabilly and homespun folk that employs guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, organ, harmonica, accordion and basses under tightly woven harmonies, carefully crafted melodies and smooth, fluid rhythm."

I couldn't agree more. While songs like "Sticks and Stones" and "Sycamore" have a classic and more rustic vibe, "How To Marry a Millionaire" is a tongue in cheek ballad at first, before the tempo picks up mid-song.

Watch the videos of previous performances below, and if you like what you hear be sure to check out The Hollows tomorrow night at Pete's Candy Store. For more on them, visit MySpace and YouTube.

"How To Marry A Millionaire"

"The Wildlife" and "Sycamore"
If a nine-minute video is too long for you, start at 4 minutes for "Sycamore."

Related Links:
Band of the Week: Sherwood
Band of the Week: This Century
Artist of the Week: Glass Pear
Band of the Week: Only Living Boy

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