Bell Hollow

Bell Hollow

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Bell Hollow make bittersweet dream pop, singing songs both melodic and mysterious. Atmospheric rock to burn love letters to...

Biography

Bell Hollow make bittersweet dream pop, singing songs both melodic and mysterious.

Formed in 2003 by bassist Christopher Bollman and guitarist Greg Fasolino, the Brooklyn-based quartet were inspired by the atmospheric British rock of the Eighties and related genres like shoegaze, new wave, and indie-rock, building on authentic experience as members of old-school NYC post-punk bands like The Naked and the Dead and The Children's Zoo. When frontman Nick Niles (originally from Sacramento, CA) came aboard in 2005, the unique Bell Hollow sound was finally realized.

Impressive reviews for the band's shimmering songs led to their signing with new NYC indie label five03 Records, who released Bell Hollow's first official EP, "Sons of the Burgess Shale" in October 2006.

Bell Hollow recorded their debut full-length "Foxgloves" at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ in summer 2007, invigorated by new drummer Todd Karasik (formerly with indie-pop cult heroes My Favorite), who replaced original member Hayden Millsteed in late 2006. The 10-song album, again recorded with producer/engineer Hillary Johnson (also the band's live synth player), was released in November 2007 on five03. In February 2008, Bell Hollow embarked on their first tour, taking in such cities as Washington, New Orleans, Raleigh, Atlanta, and Athens, GA.

During the last two years, Bell Hollow have performed successfully at such esteemed venues as Mercury Lounge, Knitting Factory, Sin-e, Annex, Club Midway, Don Hill's, and The Delancey in Manhattan; Southpaw, Luna Lounge, Supreme Trading, and Galapagos in Brooklyn; Maxwell's in Hoboken; The Saint in Asbury Park; Loop Lounge in Passaic, NJ; The Middle East in Boston; Northern Lights Lounge in Detroit; Mohawk Place in Buffalo; and The Khyber and Winterfest in Philadelphia.

Influences include: The Chameleons, Cocteau Twins, The Smiths, Echo and the Bunnymen, Radiohead, The Cure, The Comsat Angels, Suede, Jeff Buckley, The Sound, Joy Division, Slowdive, For Against, Sonic Youth, Lush, The Teardrop Explodes, Depeche Mode, The Church, Björk, Kraftwerk, New Order, David Sylvian, Sad Lovers and Giants, Wire, The Verve, Cranes, Kitchens of Distinction, Blur, Stereolab, Kate Bush, Brian Eno, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Pixies, and My Bloody Valentine.

Discography

"Foxgloves" full-length CD, released November 2007 on five03 Records. "Copper Crayon," "Eyes Like Planets," "Seven Sisters," and "The Bottle Tree" have been receiving college and satellite radio airplay.

"Sons of the Burgess Shale" EP, released October 2006 on five03 Records. The title track has been receiving substantial club, radio, and podcast play.

"Bell Hollow" demo, self-released October 2005.

Set List

Typical set runs 30-45 minutes, depending on show/venue.