Nowadays, MTV’s image mostly consists “reality” shows starring superficial, plastic LA girls and fist-pumping “guidos” from the tri-state area. Not exactly the cutting-edge music giant we once knew. However, under that horrifyingly hilarious exterior lies a sleeping giant, percolating with innovative new acts with just enough pop hooks and power to bring the music back into Music TeleVision. One such band can be found right here on OurStage. Not only has The Hollow Sound‘s music been featured on MTV’s College Life, but the band was selected as four- time finalists on MTVU’s Best Music On Campus as well. As the 2009 grand prize winners, the band got the opportunity to perform at Six Flags as part of MTV’s VMA Tour along with All Time Low and The White Tie Affair. (Check out their VMA Tour video here!) They also performed at the 2008 Warped Tour and SXSW in 2009. These guys obviously have a pretty impressive résumé , but what is it about their music that makes it so popular with the MTV folks?
First of all, the lead singer’s name is Maddie (different spelling, still cool). She’s a recent grad of the Berklee College of Music and is a freelance composer on the side. Their drummer Matt St. Jean is a ”Berklee kid” as well, and lends his jazz infused drumming to create the solid backbone of the band along with Bill King’s rhythmically driven bass lines. You can tell by listening to their music that, as a band, they truly understand the art of crafting a song. Impressive musical backgrounds aside, the band also has some very industry savvy members. Guitarist/vocalist Evan Brock is a student and graphic designer currently working in the New Media department of Fueled By Ramen (Paramore, Panic At The Disco, Cute Is What We Aim For). Justin Poirier, another guitarist and vocalist for the band, has his degree in Film and Media Arts and directed The Hollow Sound’s last music video for their song “Of Arms & Ocean”. It’s somewhat rare to find a band made up of talented musicians and industry professionals, but The Hollow Sound is full of both, and as a result full of opportunity.
The band is currently playing shows all around the Boston area, and is in the studio recording their first full length album. In the meantime, check out their latest EP The Life And Times Of The Hollow Sound here and their OurStage playlist below!