INTERVIEW: Los Angeles rock & roll band Hollow Fortyfives

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks for having us, been well!

Can you talk to us more about your single “Lemonade”?

Lemonade is a bit of a naughty song, tongue in cheek so to say. It’s about describing the way a lover or partner tastes.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

One event years ago did inspire the song and the idea stuck around. In all honesty I am a huge fan of lemonade, so anything or anyone resembling the taste is good in my book.

The single comes off your new album Weekender – what’s the story behind the title?

That’s right. We were having trouble all agreeing and settling on a name for the EP. When it dawned on us, its not a full album, in fact its shorter and to the point. Like a weekend should be. Once we realized that, the idea of having a get away or a quick listen came about. And “Weekender” was born.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was blast and a blur. Being someone who tends to favor recording slightly over live shows, it was very fast. Thanks to Diego Ruelas who produced the album, we were well rehearsed by the time we got to the studio. Being lucky enough to have the opportunity  to record in both East West and Capitol Studios, we had to work extremely quickly and make the most of our time. It can be tough to have long hours in the studio without the budget to back it all, but an unforgettable time overall.

What made you want to go full guerrilla with some recording taking place at Capitol Studios?

It wasn’t planned at all! Diego used to work at Capitol and was able to sneak us in one night after a session was cancelled. We all rushed over and recorded some vocals and acoustic guitar in studio A.

Would you call Weekender departure from your previous musical work?

I wouldn’t call it a departure, rather a more mature approach. As a band, I think we paid more attention to all aspects of the songs than on previous releases.

What role does the city of Los Angeles play in your music?

Personally for myself it plays a larger role as I live in LA. Brett and Travis are in the Long Beach area, so not too far out. It’s hard not to be affected by your surroundings. The city makes it’s way into my songwriting for sure as I love LA. Even growing up in southern California, the city still has a dreamlike feel to me.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not at the moment.

What else is happening next in Hollow Fortyfives’ world?

Currently, we are focusing on the release of “Weekender” and excited to see what comes from that. Thank you!


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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