Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Post #213: Hollerado


Arch Enemy and DevilDriver did not disappoint Monday night. They both put on a great show, and thankfully I was able to get out without receiving any bumps or bruises. Since it was an all ages show, it ended up getting done pretty early, which allowed me to take in a second show.

At First Avenue, if you are so inclined, you can pay a $5 crossover fee enabling you to walk through a side door to the much smaller venue, 7th Street Entry. Since Arch Enemy did finish relatively early, I decided to check out what was going on, on the other side of the wall.  I would end up seeing 7 bands that night, with the 7th and final being Hollerado.

Well worth the $5 crossover fee.

Before they went on, I used my trusty smart phone to do a little research, which is where I learned the following:

-  They hail from Ontario, Canada, with three of the four members having grown up together on the same street.
-  They were handpicked by Jack White (of the White Stripes) to open for one of his newer groups, the Dead Weather.
-  They were nominated for 'Best New Group' at the 2011 Juno Awards.

All three of these facts intrigued me, and having also read that they were considered 'indie power pop', it brought fellow Canadian band the New Pornographers to mind.  (If you are unfamiliar with them, I encourage you to get familiar with them now.  Check out my posts from January HERE and HERE).

What was great is that there were maybe only 40 people there, but over half of those people were singing along.  I'm assuming they had seen them perform prior to this evening, but it was obvious that they loved this band.

Many of the songs were infectious, and the one that really stood out to me was "Juliette".  By the end of the song, the entire place was helping sing the chorus.

You could tell the guys in Hollerado were having a lot of fun, and were visibly surprised with what was happening.  Lead vocalist Menno Versteeg even mentioned they were expecting to play to a crowd of less than 10.

Since 2007, they have released 5 demos each entitled Demo in a Bag.  This lead to the 2010 release of Record in a Bag, which I picked up on Monday after the show.  It literally comes in a CD sized ziploc bag, along with a few surprises inside.  Mine came with a temporary tattoo and fortune like one you would find in a fortune cookie.  On this album is where you will find "Juliette" and "Got to Lose".

Based on what I saw that night, I wouldn't be surprised to see them back in town soon.  If you get a chance, they are definitely worth a night out.

Please support this artist!!!


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