• photo: Will Heath

[via Glide Magazine]

If there is a claim to fame for Brooklyn band The Hollows, it’s the fact that there is no frontman. Or maybe it’s that there are in fact six frontmen, all of equal rank and contribution. Whatever way you slice it, these guys – who make damn fine use of a hodgepodge of mandolins, banjos, accordions, guitars, horns, harmonicas and various other musical doodads – know how to party. When they are together making music, the members of The Hollows are one unit bursting with energy and capable of delivering scorching sets of rootsy Americana.

On June 3rd The Hollows will release their new album Between the Water and the Wonder Wheel and follow it up with a summer tour, which promises to give the rest of the country a taste of this band’s unbridled energy. On the album the band attempts to wrangle some of that live intensity, which has been described as 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.”

Today we are excited to offer an exclusive preview of The Hollows’ new album with a premiere of their new single “Mountains to the Sea”. The tune is the lovechild of twangy desert rock and The Handsome Family at an Appalachian jamboree. Couple that with roiling banjo intertwined with guitar shredding and an incessant, rowdy beat and you have yourself one killer tune. 

Band member Rob Morrison sums it up, saying, “From the dirty backwoods church organ, to the clockwork sounds of the banjo, all our parts lock together to give an intensity to the song that I love. Dark and minor, but also uptempo, ‘Mountains to the Sea’ is a real barnburner — once we kick off, there’s no turning back.”

The Hollows release Between the Water and the Wonder Wheel on June 3rd.  Pre-order the album on digital, CD, or vinyl, and get a free download of “Mountains to the Sea” today.  You can also see their tour dates HERE.


[photo: Will Heath]


Our new studio album, BETWEEN THE WATER AND THE WONDER WHEEL, will be available June 3rd.

You can pre-order it today on digital, CD, and vinyl RIGHT HERE.

Advance copies will be sold at our album release show on May 31st in NYC.

We’ll be touring this summer in the following cities (additional dates to be announced).

5/31:  Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn, NY) *
6/1:    Gypsysally’s (Washington, DC) *
6/8:   Wilbert’s Food & Music (Cleveland, OH)
6/9:   Emporium Arcade Bar (Chicago, IL)
6/13:  Daytrotter (Rock Island, IL)
6/15:  Hideaway Saloon (Louisville, KY)
6/16:  The 5 Spot (Nashville, TN)
6/17:  BOILER ROOM~Asheville (Asheville, NC)
6/18  Roasting Room Lounge & Listening Room (Bluffton, SC)
6/19: The Music Room (Atlanta, GA)
6/20: Georgia Theatre (Athens, GA)
6/21: The Nick Rocks (Birmingham, AL)
6/24: The ABGB (Austin, TX)
6/25: The Bang Bang Bar (San Antonio, TX)
6/28: Soda Bar (San Diego, CA)
6/29: The Mint LA (Los Angeles, CA)
7/1:    Neck of the Woods (San Francisco, CA) §
7/3:   The Big Easy (Petaluma, CA) §
7/5:   Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor (Reno, NV)
7/7:   Crazy Mountain Brewing Company (Edwards, CO)
7/8:   Swing Station (Laporte, CO)
7/9:   Crazy Mountain Tap Room + BBQ
7/11:  Shark Club (Omaha, NE)
7/12:  Bigs SportsBar (Sioux Falls, SD)
7/13:  Vaudeville Mews (Des Moines, IA)
7/15:  Mickey Finn’s Brewery (Libertyville, IL)
7/17:  John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Kohler, WI)
7/18:  Cheboygan Opera House (Cheboygan, MI)
7/20: Wilbert’s Food & Music (Cleveland, OH)
7/21:  The Purple Fiddle (Thomas, WV)

* with The Bottom Dollars
after Lake Street Dive
§ with Phil Pickens and The Bootleg Honeys


THE HOLLOWS Set To Release Upcoming Album on June 3rd

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.

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.