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The best kept secret in music


"Beating Down The Door"

This was the first time I'd ever seen or heard Santa Fe's Hollis Wake, and all I can say is that if I'd known they sounded like Buffalo Tom-meets-The Feelies with killer female vocals and harmonies and wonderful melodic sensibility, I'd have been beating down doors to see them. - Alibi, Albuquerque

"Killer Through And Through"

Guess what. There’s a band in Santa Fe who’ve keyed into a perfect confluence of artistic chemistry and individualism. That band is The Hollis Wake, and their latest CD is one hell of a cohesive rock record when one considers that they employ the formidable skills of three singers and songwriters. Somehow, everything comes together—vocally, melodically, rhythmically and thematically—which is no small feat. Sleater-Kinney-meet-Buffalo Tom crossed with Jenny Toomey and harder-edged Versus. Killer through and through. - Alibi, Albuquerque

"Laughing, Dancing, Crying"

Packed with more hits than a Payday's got peanuts, this is the record you've been waiting for. It's an ice cream cone with all 32 flavors piled on, and damned if it isn't the best taste treat a weirdo like you could want. If you aren't laughing as hard as you're dancing as hard as you're crying by the end of the album, then man, you ain't got no heart. - The Independent, Santa Fe


2002 "Suburban Crime Spree" LP
2003 "Makes No Cents" Limited Edition EP
2004 "lo-fi highs/hi-fi lows" LP
2005 "Rock Outside the Box, Vol II" NM Music compilation
2005 "Southpark Music Festival" CD Compliation
2006 "Hyperactive Music Festival" CD Compliation


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The Hollis Wake formed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2002, and their darkly, sweetly infectious indie rock quickly generated significant buzz. The excitement and passion of their high-energy shows—which feature their trademark pop-laden hooks and harmonies, melodic yet bone-crunching distorted guitars, and thunderous drums—have won The Hollis Wake numerous awards. In 2005 the band had three songs (the first three tracks from the second album, “lo-fi highs / hi-fi lows”) voted best in category at the 2005 New Mexico Music Awards; in 2004 they won the Z103 The Zone Local Access Showcase; and in 2003 were voted the best rock band in the state at the New Mexico Showcase.

The band’s unique, thus hard to define, sound has been likened to The New Pornographers, The Donnas, The Feelies, Sleater-Kinney, Buffalo Tom, and Hole, although a major source of the band’s appeal and success is its refusal to follow the conventional “frontman” format, opting instead to use three different singers and songwriters, resulting in a sonic variety that critics and music fans alike find refreshing and endlessly inventive. The Hollis Wake gets played regularly on Santa Fe and Albuquerque radio stations, and has also been played on San Francisco’s SOMA radio.

The Hollis Wake has played hundreds of gigs, from tiny basements and pizza joints to 25,000-person outdoor festivals. Their dedication to, and love of, playing live has earned them a large and loyal fanbase, not to mention an invitation to play the VIP party at the Hyperactive Music Festival (Albuquerque, June 2006; in addition to a second show in the regular festival schedule). The first album (2002's “Suburban Crime Spree”) sold well and is now out of print; the second album (2004's “lo-fi highs / hi-fi lows” – recorded at Stepbridge Studios in Santa Fe, and co-produced by the band and Grammy-nominated engineer Tim Stroh) continues to move in New Mexico bookstores and record shops, as well as online at CD Baby and In 2006 The Hollis Wake plan once again to work with Tim Stroh at Stepbridge to record the third album.