Hollows @ Cake Shop, 7/3/12

Call this an impromptu night for rocking out to three anonymous bands. Procrastinating earlier in the day, I caught a Brooklyn Vegan article pimping Hollows, a garage-pop band out of Chicago, touring the same night. I liked what I heard and sidled on over to the east side for some new music and good times over at Cake Shop.

A quick mention about the venue, as it was my first visit. It’s situated in a little stretch near several other ambiguously named bars; other tiny performing spaces Pianos and Arlene’s Grocery are a minute away. Cake Shop actually functions as a coffee/bakery in the mornings, something I found pretty neat. There was a bonus for me on tonight’s show, as I was rewarded with an indie comedy hour for getting there early.

On tour with Hollows is Boyhood, an Ottawa-based pop group with touches of grunge and an overall dark sound. I wasn’t sure at first about them, as they came off initially oppressive and quiet. Listening to their material more has changed my mind; they’ve got that sort of sound that’s good to space out to. Added to the bill for tonight’s show as a late closer was a rowdy local band named Paper Fleet. They’re a five-piece with surf-punk leanings and a totally fun bunch of bros to watch. They’re definitely one of those bands that’s way under the radar, and a pleasant discovery for me.

Hollows themselves are touring in support of Vulture, their first album release. It’s a quality record on it’s own merit, and on top of that, their live act is also entertaining. They’re a very busy five piece, with three of the girls from the band contributing vocals in most of their songs. My favorite thing about their music has to be that they expertly capture the sound of an earlier generation of pop. See it an action with their first music video, “Golden Chains“.

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John Harrison is a music afficionado and web developer in Hoboken, New Jersey.
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