× Hollis Brown embark on month-long European tour starting this weekend

Hollis Brown embark on month-long European tour starting this weekend


SPIN writes "Hollis Brown make music that sounds just as alive today as it would've in 1966 and will 40 years from now." This should come as no surprise, as principal songwriters Mike Montali (vocals) and Jon Bonilla (lead guitar) grew up listening to the classics. These native New Yorkers were born in the late '80's when the city was identified by its grit, passion, and authenticity. The combination of an urban upbringing and throwback musical influences of traditional blues contributed heavily to the band's sound. However, contrary to most blues-influenced bands, Hollis Brown leans heavily toward melodic pop as well. You'd be hard-pressed to find a Beatles song these boys don't know by heart, and you can hear it in the music.

Hollis Brown are touring Europe for the next month, scroll down to find all tourdates.

Born and bred in New York City, Hollis Brown embarked on a pilgrimage to Nashville to capture their authentic sound. They shacked up for two weeks in the backyard cabin/studio of producer Adam Landry (Deer Tick, Diamond Rugs), and found themselves. They recorded everything live to analog tape, creating a warm, vintage sound that displayed the band's explosive live energy. The tapes from those sessions caught the ear of renowned psychedelic/blues label Alive Naturalsound Records, creating an ideal home for the resulting album. Ride On The Train, the ten song collection from the band's pilgrimage, saw its release in March 2013.

Ride On The Train brought them over to Europe for Take Root Festival in Groningen last September and now the band will be back for a full European tour promoting their new release Gets Loaded. Gets Loaded is a homage to Lou Reed (and now streamable at 3VOOR12/Luisterpaal). They bring those same qualities to this set, but it is still a bit of a curve ball, given that it isn't an album of new songs from songwriters Mike Montali and Jon Bonilla, but is instead a song-for-song re-creation of the Velvet Underground's 1970 classic album Loaded, which means these are Lou Reed songs, done with reverence, but gently re-imagined. Gets Loaded, which was released in support of Record Store Day, began when Hollis Brown was asked to perform at New York City's Bowery Electric at a tribute show for Reed in November of 2013. The band performed Loaded live in its entirety, later repeating the feat in the studio for this release.

29-05-2014: Heerlen (NL) @ Nieuwe Nor
30-05-2014: Den Haag (NL) @ Sniester Festival
31-05-2014: Norderstedt (DE) @ Waldbuhne Stadtpark
01-06-2014: Utrecht (NL) @ DBs
02-06-2014: Eindhoven (NL) @ Meneer Frits
03-06-2014: Birmingham (UK) @ Hare and Hounds
04-06-2014: Newcastle (UK) @ The Cluny 2
05-06-2014: Nottingham (UK) @ The Maze
06-06-2014: Liverpool (UK) @ Zanzibar
07-06-2014: Easton (UK) @ Maverick Festival Warm-UP
08-06-2014: London (UK) @ Garage Upstairs
09-06-2014: Raalte (NL) @ Ribs N Blues
10-06-2014: Lille (FR) @ El Diablo
11-06-2014: Paris (FR) @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
12-06-2014: Tulle (FR) @ Des Lendemains Qui Chantent
13-06-2014: Hondarribia (ESP) @ Psylocibinea
14-06-2014: Madrid (ESP) @ Siroco
15-06-2014: Valencia (ESP) @ Loco Club
16-06-2014: Perpignan (FR) @ L Ubu
17-06-2014: Bern (CH) @ Rossli
18-06-2014: Savignano Sul Rubicone (IT) @ Sottomarino Giallo
19-06-2014: Vignola (IT) @ Stones Cafe
20-06-2014: Ferrara (IT) @ The Secret Garden Festival
21-06-2014: Clavesana (IT) @ Crete Senesi Random Rock Festival
22-06-2014: Verona (IT) @ Club Il Giardino
23-06-2014: Zurich (CH) @ Bar Rossi
25-06-2014: Krefeld (DE) @ Kulturrampe
26-06-2014: Moorslede (BE) @ De Nodige Deugd
27-06-2014: Berlin (DE) @ Bassy Club
28-06-2014: Lauchammer (DE) @ Real Music Club
29-06-2014: Groningen (NL) @ Vera