Don’t watch the video. The video will distract you. The video has white boy dancing and an invisible drummer and horn players. This isn’t the video of the week. It’s the song of the week.
American Hollow, with their debut album Whisper Campaign, represents a genre and attitude that is underrepresented on Linescratchers as well as in modern music. With a somewhat aggressive and complex musical approach, coupled with soaring vocal passages and dense lyrical topics, American Hollow delivers atmospheric metal for the thinking rocker. Continue reading “American Hollow – Whisper Campaign review”
American Hollow, a progressive rock/metal band from my beloved Eastern Kentucky, has been causing quite a stir in the Salt Lake City area. After leaving Kentucky for greener musical (but not literal) pastures, they found themselves in the Wasatch Front, looking for a new singer. They found one in Jimmy Holman, Latter-day Saint born and raised in Mississippi. A convert to the Church, Jim brought a broad swath of personal influences to American Hollow, including Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, and Bil Bev Devoe, as well as grunge bands such as Nirvana, Alice and Chains, and Soundgarden. Jimmy is an enthusiastic front-man and lyricist, and brings his spiritual nature to a complex and experimental band. Continue reading “American Hollow”
Rarely do we at Linescratchers get the chance to feature good prog from the LDS community. It seems like a rare genre nowadays, with its long instrumental passages, difficult technical pyrotechnics, and odd time signatures, and yet there is still a large and extremely loyal market for prog in the United States and Europe. This is why our interview with Brick Williams from Utah-based prog metal band Hourglass is such a treat. Brick is a full-time guitar instructor in the Salt Lake area (with somewhere between 55 and 60 students a week!) and a full-time songwriter, guitarist, and lyricist for Hourglass. It’s a tough job, but we’re glad somebody’s doing it.