A-Sides with Jon Chattman: “August” with The Hollows
by Jon Chattman
July 11th, 2012

Smorgasbord is a terribly undervalued word. It encompasses so much by saying so little. The word comes into play — for me anyway — when I think of indie roots rockers The Hollows. The band, who released a self-titled EP last week, features members who play a variety of instruments — from banjo to horns — that the best way to describe them may very well be a “smorgasbord” of musical talent. As their press release clearly states, each member of this “freewheeling hootenany of a band” contribute to the writing and arranging of the material, which serves up a fresh, rootsy, arguably offbeat sound.

The band, which prides itself in not having a “front man,” consists of college buds Erik Saxvik, David Paarlberg, Jeffrey Kurtze and Daniel Kwiatkowski along with Rob Morrison and Justin Aaronson. The six buds, who formed in New York City a few years back, came to the Music Conservatory of Westchester late last month to perform “August” off their new EP and take part in a typical “A-Sides” lowkey, informal chat.

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