The Hollows are a group of multi-instrumentalists; a freewheeling hootenany of a band. A veritable junkyard of mandolins, banjos, guitars, accordions, horns, harmonicas, and various other musical doodads are in constant rotation. With no frontman (or six frontmen), everyone writes and arranges material, creating a diverse and uniquely blended sound. We talk to Jeff, one of the....frontmen....
Hey, it's all how you play the game right? Right?
Snoop Lion, Salvador Dali, Norm Abram, Baryshnikov
Just like with every other decision in the band: we went round and round the table until everyone said yes.
We've done a few weddings which have approached andexhausting 3.5 hours... that really sucks the energy outta ya.
My family, obviously-- still have such special times when we are all together. But generally, anyone who wanted to hang out and play had my attention.
I've tried. It's harder than you might think. My mom grew up on a farm in Iowa. I've heard plenty of stories about how she used to squirt the barn cats as she was doing her daily chore.
I do. But usually not for very long. I enjoy the luxury of slipping into my house slippers as soon as I can... it's the little things.
Stark black cat called Bagel. My only real memory of her is that she bit my big toe.
I'm not sure. Larger companies are certainly in a different position to be able to conduct business. They've always had investors and advertisers and resources to work within the industry. With crowd-funding, the artist has the opportunity to be in control. We no longer need to wait for a label to provide us with opportunities or dictate our path. That's the major difference. Something like Kickstarter is still only a few years old, so I imagine it'll continue to evolve as it becomes more mainstream. It's interesting to listen to the debate as more "established" musicians or actors begin to use crowd-funding, whether it's Amanda Palmer or Ben Folds Five or Zach Braff… we'll see what happens.
As individuals, we were very lucky that we weren't really directly affected-- we had some minor flooding in our rehearsal space, but that was it. Others we know weren't so fortunate, though-- and yes, as New Yorkers, we were affected in that our city was hit pretty hard. We did a small tour about a month before Sandy and then didn't tour again until this past March; Neverending Show was live and had all been recorded already, and we're not recording the next studio album until early 2014, probably-- so in terms of the band's schedule, nothing was really affected. We've played a couple of benefit shows though, and organized some donations; helped out volunteering on an individual basis, etc. Together Together, right?