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The Hollywood Kills

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
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"Concert Court: Sleeper Agent with The Hollywood Kills @ Tidballs, Bowling Green, KY 3/17/2009"

Thursday, March 26, 2009 2:05 PM CDT

The music was loud, hard, and spirited tonight, enough to get St. Patrick rocking out of the grave on his big night. And an enthusiastic crowd wearing plenty of green was on hand, raising the festivity level up even more. This was the scene as the Nashville-based band The Hollywood Kills teamed up with local favorites Sleeper Agent to take the stage at Tidballs. And CDs were all over the place, with Hollywood handing out free samplers off their upcoming CD, and Sleeper Agent selling their new CD, “Bigger Than a Baby’s Arm” (this show was the Release Party for the album).

<b>The Hollywood Kills opened the evening with a set of high energy, rhythm-prominent, in-your-face rock that got the crowd going right from the start. They wasted no time ramping up, which was a good thing, since their set was to be fast and furious, allowing no time for gradual build-up. I was impressed with the material, the dual vocals of guitarists Jonathon Jircitano and Brent Powelson, and the rhythm section was tight and powerful. Since this is a 4-man unit I was obviously impressed with them all. There was crisp, appropriately choppy rhythm guitar work, prominent bass playing, and the drumming, particularly the cymbal work, was outstanding. The band plays mostly in the Nashville area but I’m hoping they get back to Bowling Green soon; I’d like to hear a bit of a longer set from these guys as their talent warrants it. You can check them out at myspace.com/thehollywoodkills. If you got one of their CDs, give it a listen and let me know what you think. You can send comments about it on this article’s link on the Amplifier website. I’ve given it a quick listen and liked what I heard.</b>

Next up was Sleeper Agent, whose new album is available at myspace..com/sleeperagentmusic. There are also streams of the new songs as well. I’d suggest checking it out because this band is hot. They’ve only been together about 9 months but they perform like they’ve been together for years. It’s obvious they’re having a lot of fun up on stage and that just adds to their stage presence, which is awesome.

They don’t just play, they perform. There’s almost constant movement, and that’s impressive on the tiny stage at Tidballs. Somehow they made that work, and I just wondered what goes on up there on a bigger stage with more room to roam. In particular, the vocal and physical interaction between lead singer Justin Wilson and guitarist Tony Smith is awesome. They trade vocal outbursts, lean on each other, and almost fall on each other in constantly changing directions and formations. At the same time, the other band members are jumping, weaving and whirling around each other, and wearing the emotion of the music all over their faces.. A tornado came to mind, because of the whirling movement and the fact that the word is in the title of one of their songs.

Individually, the rhythm section of Michael Dean and Mike O’Brien (bet at least one of these guys is Irish) was booming and rock solid. Dean also does air vocals (did I just create a new term?), complete with big facial expressions, throughout the show. Somebody needs to get him a mic! Tom Bullen’s guitar was at times stabilizing, and at others, way out there in the wildest, but best of ways (sometimes playing lead, sometimes just making glorious noise). Tony Smith, with his lanky physique, dark glasses, and repetitive, hard strumming on rhythm guitar had me thinking Ramones, and Justin Wilson’s vocal style and hair made Kurt Cobain come to mind not once, but twice during the performance (just a touch of grunge).

So I really liked these guys and found out for myself why they’ve got a good fan base here in Bowling Green (particularly at WKU) and a growing one in Nashville. I really didn’t find much weakness in their material, both the old (if you can call 9 months old) and from the new EP. They probably played all the new ones, but for sure I heard “Wha She Duh Ta Meh”, “Tornado Body, Hand Grenade Head”, and “Killer Application”. The stuff is rockin’, powerful, and just out on the fringe enough to keep the crowd totally involved (plenty of movement on the floor) without pushing themselves over the edge. So I hope your St. Pat’s Day was as much fun as mine. Erin go bragh!

Pennman bought his first 45 at age nine and has been hooked on rock ever since. He has spent much of his disposable income on music, especially live performances. He writes reviews of the shows he sees and keeps a keen lookout for upcoming shows in or near Bowling Green. He has a BA in Communications, specializing in journalism, and has dabbled in music himself, both as a player and instructor. Find more of Pennman's work at www.associatedcontent.com/user/165511/pennman.html - Pennman


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Idiot's Guide to Desertion- To Be Released 2009
The Hollywood Kills EP - 2008

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In 2006, just outside Nashville, Tennessee, The Hollywood Kills came together as a unified front against the mundane cookie-cutter “rock” that has smothered recent popular music. Drawing upon creative influences such as The Beatles, Jimmy Eat World, Queen, Incubus, and even the Temptations, the foursome has sufficiently managed to rock the country capital of the world. Friends since high school, Jonathon Jircitano (Lead vocals/guitar), Brent Powelson (Guitar/vocals), and Brandon Jenkins (Drums) mold uniquely beautiful melodies, jagged riffs, and emotionally saturated lyrics into refreshingly catchy indie-rock and wrap it all up with the kind of meticulous musicianship that is so characteristic of Music City.

Their passion for music is fueled by one simple thing, to break the mold and create something completely unique and beautiful, hence the beautifully symbolic name. “Hollywood destroys a persons’ true self leaving this superficial, brainwashed shell. That’s what we’re trying to fight…that’s what our music is all about, promoting the individual and celebrating everyone as their own person.” With a constant tour schedule and energetic, charismatic live shows The Hollywood Kills are quickly spreading the word across the southeast.

Since their formation in 2006 THK has showcased at RedGorilla music festival, recorded with Shawn Harris of The Matches, and earned an opening spot on the Honda Civic Tour opening for Fall Out Boy and The Academy Is…

The band is currently working with Brian Waymire of Dreamscapers International and peddling their musical wares across the nation. There’s no telling what the future has in store, but if this little band from Nashville, Tennessee has anything to say about it there will be nothing but big dreams and even bigger payoffs.

This is fair warning world, The Hollywood Kills are coming.

MANAGEMENT
Brian Waymire
DreamScapers International, LLC
Brian@seethemusic.net
(615) 866-0836

BOOKING
Mare Camuso
DreamScapers International, LLC
mare@seethemusic.net
(615) 866-0836