The Hollow Sound

The Hollow Sound

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We played CMJ '06 & '07! And we have been told that we sound like a crazy cookout featuring members of The Get Up Kids, A Wilhelm Scream, Pat Benatar, Iron Maiden, No Doubt, & At The Drive-In... So, basically a bunch of dudes and ladies eating potato salad. It's awesome!

Biography

The Hollow Sound has been together since 2005 in the constant process of writing, recording and performing live throughout New England and up and down the East Coast.

The band played the Vans Warped Tour July 23rd at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA with The Audition (Victory), Charlotte Sometimes (Geffen/Interscope), Forever the Sickest Kids (Universal/Motown) and Protest the Hero (Vagrant). The band earned a featured spot on the Ernie Ball Stage after winning an Ernie Ball sponsored contest.

Currently, The Hollow Sound is writing and recording a seven-song EP, which will be released in Fall 2008. Producers on the album include ex-Hot Rod Circuit (Vagrant) drummer Mike Poorman (Paulson, Piebald, The Receiving End Of Sirens, Tsunami Bomb) and ex-Hidden In Plain View (Drive-Thru) guitarist Rob Freeman (Armor For Sleep, Cobra Starship, Hit the Lights). The recordings will be mastered by Gavin Lurssen, a two-time Grammy winner whose credits include Elvis Costello, Copeland, Lovedrug and soundtracks such as O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Superbad.

In 2006 and 2007 The Hollow Sound played CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. They played both independent and label-sponsored (Epitaph/Hopeless) showcases, sharing the stage with The Matches (Epitaph), Kaddisfly (Hopeless), Royden (Hopeless), and The Hint.

The Hollow Sound has also shared the stage with Rookie of the Year (111 Records/East West), As Tall As Lions (Triple Crown/East West), Lemuria (Asian Man), Desoto Jones (Deep Elm), The Great Northern (Eenie Meanie) and Bad Flirt (SST/Universal), among others. They have played numerous colleges and universities, performed live on-air at radio stations and at nearly every major club in Boston, including The Middle East, The Paradise Rock Club, and Berklee College of Music’s Café 939.

The band’s members include founders Justin Poirier (guitar/vocals), Evan Brock (guitar/vocals), Bill King (bass), and classically trained front-woman Maddie Herec (vocals/keys). Drummer Jeep Poirier played with the group until Fall 2007. Adam Gruss took over drums when Jeep left to pursue other opportunities.

The band has also worked with producers Jay Maas, a member of November 5, 1955 (Metal Blade) and Defeater (Top Shelf), mastering engineer Nick Zampiello (Against Me!, Isis, Dropkick Murphys), producer Grahm Bacher and mastering engineer Nathan Rightnour.

The band’s sponsors include Laguna Guitars and Basses (www.playlaguna.com), Glaceau Vitamin Water (www.vitaminwater.com), Threadless clothing company (www.threadless.com), Dean Markley strings (www.deanmarkley.com) and George L. cables (www.georgels.com).

Over the past year the Hollow Sound has ranked in the Top 5 as finalists in two MTVU contests. They were also asked by MTVU to perform at the Orlando date of their tour in support of the video game Rock Band.

The band continues to play both at home and in their favorite cities and locales, as well as write, record, and promote their work. Articles in Northeast Performer magazine, The Sun Chronicle, Rehoboth Reporter, the CMJ Marathon guidebook and University of Tampa’s Minaret have all garnered praise on this hard-working and ever-progressing independent rock band. Constantly pushing themselves to become better writers and performers, the band is poised on a wealth of opportunities, and ready to take advantage of them.

Lyrics

Home

Written By: Maddie Herec

It’s no secret to your own
That you’re my aching need
Or could you not believe
That as I drive home
I stop the car and scream
What am I living for?

But still I drive on
With instinctual resolution
And graceless emotion

I question the one with no place
And dire ambition
When a memory of belonging to you
Is what I am unable to face

And the sidewalk seems so reckless
And my mind is broken bottle pieces
Send me up to the club now
I’m ready
So ready

Take this seamless body
Absorb me you dark city
I lack the strength to fight this racing dream (x2)

Oh I’m coming home
Cause I am not too weak
And I do still believe
That I am much too strong
To be a simple tragedy
A razor up your sleeve

And it’s no secret to you now
That you’re my aching need
But you could never see

How living with you was living without
A thousand answerless questions
And the memory of belonging to you
Is what I am unable to face

And the music is so loud now
And my thoughts are broken bottle pieces
And theres no escaping this sea of bodies
I’m drowning inside me
I’m drowning inside me

Oh I’m coming home
Cause I am not too weak
And I do still believe
That I am much too strong
To be a simple tragedy
A razor up your sleeve

And tonight I’ll find myself
On a different shore
Awash in questions carefully answered
Purposefully ignored
And life begins begins tonight
I am what I’m living for
And life begins begins tonight
I am what I’m living for

The Life and Times

Written By: Madeline Herec

Oh the life and times of Janet Levine
Her worst fear was loneliness
But he found her wherever he had been
But I think she secretly loved him
I think she preferred him to herself
And if he was around
She’d take him over anybody else

So I guess you left me out here in the rain again
Well that’s fine with me as long as you come clean
Oh I can see how life and fortune would make me seem so mean
I may be wet but at least I’m living out my dream

So put away your photographs
And try to get some rest
You may be lonely but
You’re still among the best
I’ll be long gone
By the time you awake
I hope you get all the good luck
That you’re willing to take

So I guess you left me out here in the rain again
Well that’s fine with me as long as you come clean
Oh I can see how life and fortune would make me seem so mean
I may be wet but at least I’m living out my dream

Of Arms and Ocean

Written By: Madeline Herec

I must admit that I’ve been feeling a little cagey
I’ve been putting my tired head in
Where my heart’s supposed to be

I must admit that I’ve been wondering if lately
There’s a movement on the inside
That belongs outside of me

I must admit that I’ve been feeling a little rowdy
Wanna get out and make a scene
And just pretend I’m really free

Pounding my ears, arms and chest
-As I’m running now
Back to the beach where we met-
Pick a rhythm now
-Remember how I knew you
From a distant memory-

I must admit that I’ve been feeling a bit neglected
But only in the way that loneliness
Grabs my throat when you’re in sight

I must admit that for every thought I have rejected
A hundred more are born to nestle in
To haunt me in the night

I must admit that I’ve been singing a little loudly
Proclaiming, so very wrongly,
That I am so very right

Haven’t been sleeping as well as I used to
My mind convulses as my body fights for sleep
I try not to think about all the things that you do
Try not to think about the secrets that you keep

Discography

"The Life & Times of..." Coming Fall 2008
"This Is Just The Beginning" Sept 2006 Free Internet EP
"Demo 2005" August 2005 Self-Released
"Ready, If You Are" EP January 2005 Self-Released

Set List

Our set list varies from show to show, but here is a list of some of our songs:

Of Arms & Ocean
Across The Sound
Rachel Was Right
The Life & Times
Water
Constellation
Time
Energy
Wait
Home
Ghost
Downtown
Five
Dust
Hope
More
Sleep
Winter