Hollywood Avenue

Hollywood Avenue

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A genre-bending, multi-talented progressive pop/rock band from New Jersey. Simultaneously driving, aggressive, melodic, and anthemic. More depth than you could ever want from an "EMO" band, but still maintaining fun listenability. One part epic, one part ambitious, the rest is just ROCK.

Biography

In the vast ocean of the American rock scene, some bands sink while others swim. Hollywood Ave has chosen the latter. After a year of relentless writing, recording, and touring, the four-piece rock powerhouse from New Jersey have unleashed their most ingenious creation on the world. "Poseidon’s Piano" was created over the course of one year, evolving organically with the personal progression of the band. The band’s sophomore effort is rife with romantic, beautiful imagery and lyrics chronicling love, loss, anger, redemption, and maturation. The songwriting has become more complex but also smarter. Gone are the days of show-offy self-importance; the boys are beginning to find their stride. Musically, the quartet weaves a lush soundscape that blends epic orchestrations, anthemic punk-rock battle cries, and infectious pop hooks.

Scott Nalick, co-owner of indie label Inner Voice Records best explains HWA’s appeal when he says, “The first time I heard Hollywood Ave, I would always try to think of a band I could compare them too, just to explain to people how they sounded. As hard as tried, I could never think of any band that is doing what they do. They’re completely unique.” It is true; Hollywood Ave’s inspirations expand far beyond the boundaries of rock music, and venture into the fields of film, fiction, poetry, and real life. Tag-team vocalists Mazur and Guizio proudly proclaim, “Kiss me in Middle Earth, or kiss me goodbye” and force listeners to either surrender their imaginations to the Tolkien-esque fairy-tale world of Poseidon’s Piano.

On the subject of the concept of this disc, Guizio explains, “We wanted this CD to take the listener on an emotional journey. We go through songs about denial, anger, depression, acceptance, hope, and redemption. Most importantly though, by the last song we want to convey a feeling of peace. No matter what happens, life goes on.” Mazur describes the album as a form of therapy. “Personally, this is the record we needed to make. This was such a big chunk of our lives and we learned so much by recording these 40 minutes of music. Whether people like it or not, I’ll always be proud of it.” Now with two consecutive summers of touring behind them, a brand new genre-shattering album, and the support of Inner Voice Records, Hollywood Ave are poised to sail the seven seas of rock and gain new fans and friends along the way.

Lyrics

Monster Destroyer

Written By: Mazur, Guizio

Call all the children. I will read them verses from songs about reaching for rafters that burn to pipeline.

We've wept too long and I, and I alone, have the power to end this loveless war. I come to you with a newfound proof I have the cure. I need you. WE need you. Because we've wept too long.

A toast to tasting sweat and blood. Oh they taste so good!

CRASH CRASH! By the end of the book, we've doubled audio and visual red alerts. I say "it's like a freigh train coming my way". It's my first trip to hell and the devil is fucking insane.

Beneath the crowns of giants, she is wasting time. Spending life underground, dead before her prime. We're taking away at light speed. And up and up we go.

They told me it couldn't be done. They said I was just a boy and he is the dark one. When I'm standing in the fire and saving all your souls, they'll carve your form in statues so your story will be told.

I left alone so long ago but now I swim to every isle. I spy the man in the lighthouse. No rest can come to the weary. Let's set a fire and dance to Dante's tune. Show me the steps because I need to prove them wrong this time.

When tides are high, look to the sky. We've wept to long.

Hero boy: destroy.

The Prince's Ghost (Conducts the Orchestra)

Written By: Guizio, Mazur

Beyond the shelter lies a dark and twisted castle
Filled with unknown regions, solely guided by a flame
“This flame you speak of, does is truly light the way?”
A swift response, “Learning finally stops at the end of our day”

It paves the way for our dreams, he said
It paves the way for our dreams

Use the flame to survive
Without the power
We would surely die
The absence of knowing leads us to live lies
Let’s live and learn tonight

I learned of distant lands
Of ancient worlds and cultures
My eyes have been opened as white as Roman sculptures
I know about wars fought across Poseidon’s seas
Knowledge keeps our hopes alive and allows us to believe

Let’s see what we wanna see. Let’s dream what we wanna dream. We’ll ignite our futures. We’re running on gasoline.

We belong to you.

Don’t let them fool you, my child
Knowing is light
And light is beautiful
The road is a dark one my child
Knowing is light
And light is beautiful

The books are burning but I’m opening up the door
A silent movie is projected onto the floor
The Prince’s ghost is disappearing into the light
And now that I know…I’m never coming back.

We belong to you.

The Candle and the Dagger

Written By: Guizio, Mazur

Smoke yourself to sleep!
I think I hear her say…
I can run faster than you can
I can run so fast

She walks on beauty
She walks on coals
Her dreams are visions of genesis untold
She knows of scripture signed and sealed in blood
She keeps a secret while the tether comes undone

She comes back
Like a boomerang
She comes back
Like a heart attack
Don’t let my chambers collapse
(Let the piano relapse)

She comes back…
Every time I forget her name!

If it’s real, then I’m lagging
Don’t you know the mind’s incendiary?
It’s everything, it’s nothing
You’re a nerve agent
And I swear to God it’s working

This light
This knife
Will guide me home tonight
Pitch black
I’ll turn off all the lights when she comes back

I can run faster than you can
(You can run faster than I can)

Discography

2001 - EP - "Step Aside...It's Hollywood Ave!"
2003 - EP - "The World Needs Symmetry"
2006 - LP - "Poseidon's Piano"

Certain songs have received college radio and online radio airplay, specifically "I Left Alone (And Traveled Through Nightshade)" from the album Poseidon's Piano. This song, along with "The Candle and The Dagger", "The Prince's Ghost", and "Short Story" are available for stream on our myspace and purevolume profile pages.

Set List

Typical setlist (excluding 1 or 2 songs occasionally due to set time constraints):

I Left Alone and Traveled Through Nightshade
Monster Destroyer
Ocean's End Part 1: Poseidon's Piano
The Candle and the Dagger
The Prince's Ghost
I Am Shadowstar
Short Story
The Making of a Prophecy

Our set usually lasts about 35 to 40 minutes but we have been known to cut it down to 25 or 30. We don't usually do covers but we have been known to occasionally break out our rendition of "Tarzan Boy" by Baltimora.