Brooklyn’s resident roots-rock ensemble of multi-instrumentalists, The Hollows have announced that their highly anticipated upcoming LP, Between the Water and the Wonder Wheel is set for release on June 3rd, 2016. With no frontman (or six frontmen) and a hodgepodge of mandolins, banjos, accordions, guitars, horns, harmonicas and various other musical doodads in constant rotation – The Hollows’ live show is an unpredictable barn-burner full of high-octane foot stomping. The band will be setting out on their first national tour in support of the upcoming release this summer. For up-to-date information and tour dates, please visit: http://www.thehollowsonline.com/.
Between The Water and the Wonder Wheel, tracked at The Bunker in Brooklyn with producer John Siket (Sonic Youth, Phish, Yo La Tengo, Dave Matthews Band), engineered by James Frazee(Beck, Patti Smith, Esperanza Spalding), and mastered by Fred Kevorkian (Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams, The White Stripes), is the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2013 LP, Neverending Show. About the upcoming release, The Hollows’ Erik Saxvik explains, “This album release, plus the subsequent tour, was the largest goal we’ve ever set for ourselves as an independent band, so it’s very meaningful to us in terms of the long hours and late nights it took to strengthen our collective voice and hone our sound as an ensemble.”
When The Hollows first began performing together, they quickly produced a diverse output of material that attracted a local following through several monthly residencies at Pete’s Candy Store, the intimate, longtime Brooklyn venue that served as a launch pad for acts like Will Oldham, Devendra Banhart, Dirty Projectors, and many more. As word spread, the crowds grew, the venues grew to match, and in 2011, The Hollows captured the attention of audiences and reviewers alike with their debut release, Belong to the Land. Between their studio releases and rip roaring live shows, The Hollows garnered praise from the likes of Time Out New York (Critic’s Pick), The Wild Honey Pie (Best of SXSW), The Deli Magazine (Artist of The Month), Oh My Rockness (Best of This Week’s Shows), Pancakes & Whiskey, My Old Kentucky Blog, Baeble Music, Bushwick Daily and many more.
When you first see The Hollows take the stage, you will find them out of place. They will appear to be a ragtag set of traveling performers, accustomed to closing out barn dances and just as likely to steal your prize-winning cow as to wake up next to your sister in a hayloft. It will seem to you that they woke up, one confused morning, to find themselves instead on a Brooklyn street corner.
But when the first notes reach your ears, whether from a sweet and breezy mandolin, a whiskey-tuned banjo, or an unrepentant guitar, it will seem to you that the sound of The Hollows is uniquely New York: a contradictory, harmonic melting pot that takes all of its roots, twists them around, and produces something else, something new. This scruffy ensemble of multi-instrumentalists, made up of Justin Aaronson, Jeffrey Kurtze, Daniel Kwiatkowski, Rob Morrison, David Paarlberg, and Erik Saxvik, might just as soon swap glockenspiels, trumpets, and harmonicas as plug in a squawking electric guitar or an airy, spacey synthesizer. The result is a veritable junkyard of instruments and musical personalities, a carnival on wheels, a one-man band in six bodies that owns the stage with all the mobile, rhythmic ease of a seasoned railroad gang.
Try looking backwards and forwards at the same time. Okay, stop trying- you’re going to hurt yourself. Let The Hollows do it for you. They’re fully aware that they’re standing on the shoulders of giants, and they’re blazing a path ahead with the musical equivalent of a flamethrower. These frontiersmen of the New York City roots-rock scene have been creating an old sound that sounds new- or maybe the opposite- since 2009.
The Hollows are set to release Between the Water and the Wonder Wheel on June 3rd, 2016.