The Hollows

The Hollows

The Hollows

Brooklyn Bowl, New York City • June 26, 2012

Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat! If the Hatfields and McCoys were going to have a truce celebration, The Hollows would be on the musical card. That’s because the best word to describe a Hollows show is one that the band uses: hootenanny. And so it was at their EP release party that the Brooklyn-based roots rock sextet, joined by guest local musicians, played an upbeat set to locals, and a grand ol’ time was had by all.

The Hollows + guest horns from Turkuaz

May Terry
The Hollows + guest horns from Turkuaz

The Hollows were certainly attention grabbing from the get-go in the opening song, “Sticks and Stones.” This catchy song was the best one to start off their set. A grandiose and thunderous, operatic outpour came from banjoist, Daniel Kwiatkowski (aka: “DK”), arms stretched-out like a side show barker or big-top ringmaster to draw the audience at the start the show. The song then broke into a shanty/pub chant type of a song infused with mariachi-influenced trumpet lines from the vocals/horn/keyboards player, Dave Paarlberg. It set the stage for the audience to loosen up and enjoy the show. I then knew that this wasn’t going to be a lay-back-and-listen kind of band.

The Hollows' banjoist, Daniel Kwiatkowski

May Terry
The Hollows’ banjoist, Daniel Kwiatkowski

Don’t expect waxed poetics from this band. There are plenty out there to fuel your melancholic and introspective inclinations. Instead, as the band advises in “Sticks and Stones”: So don’t let your thoughts go six feet deep/ It’s a long way down and the road is steep/ Just remember you belong to the land.

It actually goes without saying that all of the band members are rather versatile with their musical chair of multi-instrumentalism. Three of the six shared harmonica duties, two swapped on keyboards, all members sang backup, and four of them shared lead vocals. I, for one, like the shared lead vocalist duties since it expands song variety while keeping a signature musical style to the group rather than to a specific performer.

The Hollows' Dave Paarlberg

May Terry
The Hollows’ Dave Paarlberg

While The Hollows are pegged as roots rock, which in its many sub-genres draws from folk, country, and rock, I would add that there is a strong tilt towards highly charged Appalachian bluegrass, as noted in their songs “Old Brown Dog,” “August,” (sung by Rob Morrison on mandolin), and “Josephine” (sung by Erik Saxvik on acoustic guitar). “Youngblood” is more country rock, but tonight’s performance had a great, fuller sound thanks to the additional horns from guest musicians Chris Brouwer and Greg Sanderson from the Brooklyn funkadelic band, Turkuaz. A cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup” filled the stage with the guest horns plus vocals from another local performer, Brian Cherchiglia, from The Bottom Dollars.

The Hollows' Rob Morrison + Brian Cherchiglia (right)

May Terry
The Hollows’ Rob Morrison + Brian Cherchiglia (right)

After “Jepson’s Creek” (off the new EP) and a brief pause, The Hollows closed out the set with an encore of “Whiskey and Wine.” And mirroring the opening song, the closer also finished with a bang; DK’s roaring twang, an all-in singing of the chorus, and an upbeat gospel-music-type jam left the crowds on an exhilarating high note with dance and cheer.

I would definitely watch the Hollows again, and I’m certain they have a decent local fan base who would say the same. I’m just not sure why the Hollows generally remain landlocked in the Northeast when they need to take their musical moonshine further south, belong to a bigger land, stretch a little farther along I-95 just past the Mason Dixon line, play some country festivals along the way, and hit some college towns that dig a fun roots rock show. For the rest who would like to know more, check out their performances online and listen to their EP. While not as good as the real thing, at least you get a nice swig of hootenanny hooch for your listening pleasure.

The Hollows:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • The Reading Room
    The Reading Room

    Today’s episode features author Anna-Marie O’Brien talking about her book Adventures of a Metalhead Librarian: A Rock N’ Roll Memoir with Ink 19’s Rose Petralia.

  • Bush Tetras
    Bush Tetras

    Rhythm and Paranoia (Wharf Cat). Review by Scott Adams.

  • Tom Tom Club
    Tom Tom Club

    The Good The Bad and the Funky (Nacional). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Barnes & Barnes
    Barnes & Barnes

    Pancake Dream (Demented Punk Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Jeremiah Lockwood
    Jeremiah Lockwood

    A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Album (Reboot). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Metallica: The $24.95 Book
    Metallica: The $24.95 Book

    From an underground band that pioneered the thrash metal sound, to arguably the biggest rock act in the new millennium, Metallica has had a long and tumultuous history. Ben Apatoff scours a myriad of sources to catalog this history in his new book.

  • Araceli Lemos
    Araceli Lemos

    Shortly after AFI Fest 2021 wrapped, Generoso spoke at length with director, Araceli Lemos about her award-winning and potent feature debut, Holy Emy. Lemos’s film uses elements of body horror in her story about the exoticization of two Filipina sisters living in Greece and how that exploitation creates a distance between them.

  • Southern Accents 55
    Southern Accents 55

    A woofin’ good time with cuts from Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Delta Moon and more from KMRD 96.9, Madrid, New Mexico!

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Absurdism with a healthy dose of air conditioning.

  • Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist
    Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist

    Like pre-teens throwing every liquid into the kitchen blender and daring each other to drink the results, Woody and Jeremy fuse all manner of sounds legitimate and profane into some murky concoction that tastes surprisingly good.

From the Archives