The Hollowbodies
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The Hollowbodies

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States
Band Rock Folk


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"The Hollowbodies - Acoustic EP Teaser"

Acoustic renditions of two often gigged but never-before recorded tracks from The Hollowbodies. Look for these tracks to appear in their traditional/raucous full-band arrangement on the band's forthcoming 2013 follow-up to 2012's Town Without A Name.

Side A: 1983 (Gadon) Side B: Malibu (Gadon) The Hollowbodies are: James Gadon, Andrew Ioi, Aaron Puppi. Recorded February 2013 at Eggplant in Toronto, Ontario. Engineered and Mixed by Dan Branco at Eggplant. Mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel.
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There is a point where the melancholic sincerity of folk music collides with the anthemic vigor of rock n’ roll. Toronto’s The Hollowbodies are born of this union and add an intensity that mixes a gumbo of honest roots rock. Their songs tell familiar tales of lives lived that cut to the heart of their hard working ethos, and are delivered with unadulterated Canadian soul. Lonesome country ballads are complimented by the sly wink of a pop tune. There are no stetsons at this rodeo.

-Pat Martini - Pat Martini - Humber College Marketing & Advertising Student

"The Hollowbodies Celebrate Their Debut At The Drake Underground"

The Hollowbodies celebrated the release of their debut album, Town Without A Name, at The Drake Hotel Underground. The Toronto-based 4-piece is comprised of Andrew Ioi (vocals, guitar), James Gadon (guitar, vocals), Aaron Puppi (bass, vocals) and Steve Rice (drums). Prior to the release, the band hadn’t played many shows, so it was a real pleasure to see that the venue was quite full. While the band can certainly benefit from gaining more experience by playing more live shows together as a complete unit, the crowd loved them and the awkward stage banter made the night even more enjoyable. Highlights of the set include their dedication to Levon Helm, as well as their cover of Jackson Browne’s “Running On Empty”.

As the set continued, the crowd moved closer to the stage and some were even dancing to the country-tinged folk rock tunes. By the time the band reached the end of their set (with encore), nearly an hour and a half had passed, yet the crowd kept yelling for more songs. However, the band played all of their rehearsed material, including all of their covers, so friends and fans alike will have to wait until The Hollowbodies play their next show. In the meantime, they’ll have to just keep playing their CD over and over. And for those who didn’t make it to the release show to pick up a CD, you can sample some of their tunes through their website. Check ‘em out. - Buying Shots For Bands

"James Gadon ’07 & The Hollowbodies Release Debut Album"

Toronto-based songwriter and musician James Gadon ’07 and his band, The Hollowbodies, recently released their debut album, Town Without a Name. The title track, which references Brunswick and Maine, James says, “is about my experience leaving home, attending Bowdoin, and heading south to Nashville.” James describes The Hollowbodies as “a modern blend of blues, country, and R&B with indelible hooks evocative of Tom Petty, and a folk-rock sensibility reminiscent of The Band—40 years behind the times in all the right ways!”

Town Without a Name is available on iTunes and Soundcloud features streams of a few album tracks. “Great for sharing via email and Facebook,” Jason hints.

Fans can follow The Hollowbodies on Twitter @thehollowbodies and can check out a review of the band’s album release show (and more photos) at the live music site, buying shots for bands. - Bowdoin Daily Sun


Malibu (Single) - March 28, 2013

1983 (Single) - March 28, 2013

Town Without a Name (Album) - May 5, 2012

Profit Man (Single) - August, 2010
*Top 5 Finalist - CBC Playlist For the Planet Songwriting Contest



The Hollowbodies are a rock band from Toronto whose big hooks and folk sensibility often draw comparisons to the likes of Tom Petty and The Band. Lofty comparisons, sure, but these are offset by the group’s humble disposition and hard-working demeanor. They have spent the better part of the last 5 years relentlessly gigging, writing, and recording .

In May 2012, they released their album Town Without A Name – a collection of evocative stories from places far and wide, set to an indelible folk-rock backdrop. The album has received solid reviews and the band has been supporting it with a slew of shows and showcases, including an album release show for a capacity crowd at Toronto’s Drake Hotel.

The Hollowbodies made their music festival debut at the Boots and Hearts Music Festival in August 2012, sharing a bill with Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Gord Downie & the Sadies, Carrie Underwood, and Tim McGraw. Their performance was well received and the boys have been invited back to perform again on August 4, 2013.

In August 2010, The band’s song Profit Man was a Top 5 Finalist in the CBC songwriting contest, "David Suzuki’s Playlist for the Planet", alongside the likes of Danny Michel, and Forest City Lovers.

The Hollowbodies formed in Toronto in 2006 by James Gadon, Jesse Gadon, Andrew Ioi, and Steve Rice. The band self-recorded a lengthy demo CD which contained several tracks that would later appear on Town Without A Name. The electric guitar tracks were played on a rented Gibson ES-335, which would become The Hollowbodies’ namesake. In the period between 2008 and 2010 the band’s activity dwindled as Jesse moved to Eastern Canada and James split his time living in Canada, the US, and Australia (where he would pen most of the tracks for the album). The band reconvened in 2010 with Aaron Puppi replacing Jesse, and completed Town Without A Name in late 2011.

Live Hollowbodies shows are characterized by high-energy song selections, constant new material and eclectic covers…a big part of what keeps faithful fans coming out show after show!

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