HOLLIS BROWN "ride the train"
this is Hollis' debut set,
the guys hail from NYC, but still have the swagger and authentic sounds of
the great "heartland rock" artists of the 1980s...ie, Tom Petty, John Cougar
and to a lesser extent Springsteen.
all up, not a bad album IMO, 1.7
from the album:
"ride on the train:
New York City's Hollis Brown
(a band, not a person) have a tight, sparse classic rock sound that incorporates melodic pop, slight country touches, and, underneath it all, a kind of bedrock blues sensibility, and when they're at their best, they sound like all of those things at once, a bit like hearing Steve Earle
fronting a stripped-down version of Tom Petty
. Ride on the Train
is the group's debut full-length album, and it's a gem, full of memorable songs and a sharp, taut sound that only includes what is necessary to put the song over. There's so much to like here, including the title track and opener "Ride on the Train," which lopes joyously and features a can't-miss, hooky chorus, as does the wonderful and grand "Faith & Love," while "Gypsy Black Cat" and "Down on Your Luck" sound a bit like Tom Petty
gone country, only without losing a whisper of Petty
's spunk and attitude. This is a band that knows rock roots and history, and knows exactly what it's doing, and the arrangements here have no unneeded embellishments: the guitars are whip sharp and appropriate, the drum sound is tight, spare, and perfect, and the harmonies don't overdo. This is a band with a bright future.
"artist bio" from allmusic:
New York City-based Hollis Brown (a band, not a person) play a tight, sparse, rocking version of classic rock, with songs full of melody, pop, country tinges, and an ever-present and slight feel of the blues, all of which gives the best of the songs a timeless feel. Led by the songwriting of Mike Montali (vocals and guitar) and Jon Bonilla (guitar), and with a taut rhythm section of Mike Wosczyk (bass) and Mike Graves (drums and percussion), the band released a debut EP, Nothing & The Famous No One, in 2012, and followed it with a full-length album, Ride on the Train, early in 2013.