Hollis Brown are delighted to unveil their recent live session with Music Human.
The New York based band performed their recent new track Do Me Right, taken from their new album Ozone Park, which is released on 7th June.
Hailing from New York, the beginnings of the quartet was born out of a garage in the Ozone Park neighbourhood of Queens on a steady diet of psychedelia and basement jams in Greenwich Village. Their first show came at the legendary Greenwich Village bar, Don Hill’s– which had hosted the likes of Blondie, Iggy Pop, Green Day and one of the earliest shows from The Strokes. Now, as they announce their 3rd studio album, that first show in 2009 seems a world away as the band have since toured the world, frequently darting between the US and Europe playing rock clubs, stadiums and everything in-between.
Adam Duritz himself asked the band to join the Counting Crows on an extensive 3 month US tour which saw them play the stunning Red Rocks Amphitheater. They have also played with Citizen Cope, Jackie Greene, Jesse Malin, Toots & The Maytals and The Zombies; one such show with the 60s icons saw them do an eventful 30 hour round trip from New York to New Orleans to play The House of Blues that resulted in a roadside breakdown, a trip to the hospital and a chance meeting with Allen Toussaint.
After a few line-up changes, the band have recorded the album with the same group of musicians for the first time following 3 Shots (2015) and now Ozone Park – Mike Montali (Vocals/Guitar), Jonathan Bonilla (Guitar), Adam Bock (Keys), Andrew Zehnal (Drums) and it sees their at the most creative they’ve ever been.
“What this band has, is a lot of heart,” says Montali. “Lots of people have the romantic notion of joining a band, but when it comes to the grinding, they drop like flies,” he continues. “But the people we have in the band now, every single person makes the bands’ sound.”
Talking further about the writing process behind the new album, Bonilla says, “A big influence on this record was it’s the first time we’ve written a record when we’ve played big venues such as stadiums, amphitheater’s and festivals. So it’s written in a way of ‘how is this gonna sound in places bigger than a rock club?”
The journey has seen them pick up the attention of David Crosby, Nils Lofgren (E Street Band) and even had a brief encounter with the actor Eric Roberts in California. You would have heard their music in films such as “Bad Country,” starring Willem Dafoe and Matt Dillon and on TV series’ “Shameless,” “Kingdom” and MTV’s “Real World.” Also their music has been featured in the worldwide trailer for “The Founder” starring Michael Keaton.