Monthly Archives: December 2018

Hollow Cry Plots U.S. Success: Exclusive Interview

Spanish outfit isn’t procrastinating on its plans to win over American metal fans…

By Tiffini Taylor

Hollow Cry is a metalcore band from Spain, Lleida to be exact. The Spain music scene is a bit different, it is more classic rock. Each country in the world has a different timeline of music. Hollow Cry has been a band since around 2010. They are at the forefront of the Spain metal scene. They are coming strong to America’s music scene. I had the pleasure of speaking with Hollow Cry and this what they had to say. (Below: the debut music video, “Last Call,” off From Ashes To Flames,  the debut album released in September via Into Records.)

Blurt: How did the band form?

Hollow Cry: “We started out like everybody else, a group of friends playing in a garage. We covered the music we liked—mostly national and international punk rock—and before we knew it, we were doing concerts. Time passed, and our taste in music switched to metal. A few members left, others joined, and soon we were composing our own songs. It was a gradual process.”

Blurt: Being from Spain, what differences do you notice between metal in Spain and metal in America?

Hollow Cry:  “While metal is on the rise in the US, it’s dying in Spain. You’ll only hear the classics in here—AC/DC, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer and such—and that makes it even more difficult for us. An American metal band recently told  us that the style that dominates the US metal scene right now is pretty similar to ours. That was encouraging.”

Blurt: What was the recording process like on ‘From Ashes to Flames’?

Hollow Cry: “We had six songs already, but they needed to be fleshed out. It wasn’t until we got deep into the creative process that we started to find our groove, develop our sound. It was demanding, but we enjoyed every second of it. I think that the hard work payed off; we’re really proud of our album.”

Blurt: Your band had a name change, originally called ‘Winter Shades’ changed to ‘Hollow Cry’, why the name change?

Hollow Cry: “There was a band registered as ‘Shades of Winter.’ We changed our name to avoid legal problems, just in case.”

Blurt: Where did the name ‘Hollow Cry’ come from?

Hollow Cry: “It’s a funny story. None of the members could come up with a name. Then, one night, Xavi Strife (lead singer) and his brother Carlos were going over a list of prospective names—all of them pretty lame, I must say—when, out of the blue, Carlos said it out loud, like an epiphany. Hollow Cry. That was our name; we knew it right away. It conveys what we’d been through since we started to play metal: no matter how loud we cried, no matter how desperate the scream; nobody would listen. We felt invisible, left out.”

Blurt: How would you describe your sound?

Hollow Cry: “Aggressive but melodic. All in all, it’s easy on the ear.”

Blurt: Are there plans to tour?

Hollow Cry: “That’s what we’re focusing on right now. We hope we can get on the road soon enough.”

Blurt: What is in the future for Hollow Cry?

Hollow Cry: “Our medium-term goal is to share the stage with the bands we admire the most. But we’re taking it one step at a time, and right now we want to get known and expand our fanbase.”

Hollow Cry is a heavy band that is taking over the metal scene in Spain, now they’re going to take on America. The members include: Aleix Farre- guitar, Marc Munoz- guitar, Joan Flores- bass, Xavi Strife- vocals, Enric Pons- drums. These five guys know how to make one want to head bang. There are some good bands coming out of Spain who are developing the metal scene. Hollow Cry is breaking down barriers in their home country and now in America. Their first single is titled ‘Procrastinated’ – check out the lyric video below. Keep an eye on this band, check them out.

 

The National’s Bryce Dessner Expands His Robert Mapplethorpe Live Tribute

Named Collaborative Partner with the San Francisco Symphony, Adds 2019 Worldwide Performances of Immersive Work on Robert Mapplethorpe Triptych (Eyes of One on Another).    (Above photo by Anne Mie Dreves.)

By Blurt Staff

This just in from the Bryce Dessner camp:

Situated somewhere between erotic heat and cool classicism, the work of controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe obliterates the high-low divide, exploding classical conceptions of beauty.

Fueled by a lifelong fascination with the artist’s transgressive, sacred-profane vision, composer Bryce Dessner, in collaboration with librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle and directors Daniel Fish and Ashley Tata, invites us to experience these arresting images anew. Featuring photographic projections and a new score by Dessner, with poetry by Tuttle, Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith, along with adaring eight-person vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and a 12-piece chamber orchestra, the multimedia work Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)examines how we look and are looked at, bringing us face to face with our innermost desires, fears, and humanity.

Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann,the concert version of Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) will have  its world premiere March 5, 2019 with the LA Phil, and the world premiere of the theatrical version will be March 16-17, 2019 with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, MI. Additional performances include March 22, 2019 at Big Ears, Knoxville, TN, April 6, 2019 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ newly minted Direct Current festival in DC, June 6-8 at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House and the Canadian premiere on June 22 as part of Toronto’s Luminato, following the European premiere at Holland Festival in Amsterdam on June 17. Additional worldwide engagements in 2019-20 will be confirmed in North America, Europe, Australia and beyond.

Triptych World Premiere:

March 5, 2019, LA Phil, Los Angeles, CA (Concert Version)
Composed by Bryce Dessner
Libretto by Korde Arrington Tuttle
Featuring Poems by Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith
Directed by Daniel Fish & Ashley Tata
Production Concept by Daniel Fish
Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann
in Cooperation with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
Featuring Roomful of Teeth
Music Direction & Conducting by Brad Wells
Additional Cast Alicia Hall Moran and Isaiah Robinson

Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) – 2019 Performances
 
March 5 LA Phil, Los Angeles, CA   Disney Hall, (World Premiere, Concert Version)
March 16-17 Ann Arbor, MI   University Musical Society (World Premiere, Theatrical Version)
March 22 Knoxville, TN   Big Ears Festival
April 6 Washington, DC   Direct Current, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
June 6-8 Brooklyn, NY  BAM (New York Premiere)
June 22 Toronto, ON, CAN   Luminato  (Canadian Premiere)

 

Original Meat Puppets Lineup Returns w/New Album, Tour

Beloved “dusty” desert denizens hit the record store bins anew in March.

By Blurt Staff

Raise your hand if you caught the Meat Puppets during their ’80s heyday – and count us in, several times over. Now, against all odds, everyone else can witness the cranial-cracking glory that is Curt Kirkwood, Cris Kirkwood, and Derrick Bostrom, as the trio is about to drop their first album since 1995’s No Joke!, via Megaforce. A tour will ensue, naturally.

According to the Pups’ camp:

At their induction into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2017, the original lineup of the Meat Puppets – brothers Cris and Curt Kirkwood and Bostrom – joined together onstage for the first time in over two decades.

Throughout a set that included era-defining songs like“Lake of Fire,” “Plateau” and “Backwater,” the chemistry was more than promising, as Bostrom isn’t shy to point out. “It was so intense that even I couldn’t deny it!  I remember why we did this. It was magical.”  “It was the psychedelic fuckin’ time machine,” adds Chris. “Mind-blowing.”

Dusty Notes also features keyboardist Ron Stabinsky, a jazz-trained virtuoso adept at any style, and Curt’s son Elmo, whose old-school rock-guitar grit ideally complements his father’s spacier explorations. Intuitive, inspired and overflowing with genuine musicianship, it’s the sort of band that can transform what Curt describes as “simple yet engaging” songs into maiden voyages each night on the road. “I can ignore my vocal and listen to the other four guys play,” Kirkwood laughs. “They’re all so good.”

“The band has been a really, really deep font of creativity,” Derrick said. “Love it or hate it, hit or miss, Curt is just prodigious. They are still living the rock lifestyle; they’re not doing it by half measures. They stayed on the road. These guys are uncompromising. I consider the Meat Puppets to be a national treasure.

 

Below, check out new track “Warranty.” More details here .

Video: Finland’s Tuomo & Markus Commemorate John Lennon’s 1980 Passing

New album from from soul/jazz artist and Latebirds singer, respectively, released earlier in 2018 on the Schoolkids Records label (also a Raleigh/Chapel Hill store and, not incidentally, Blurt’s sister business).

By Blurt Staff

Tuomo & Markus have shared the live video for their cover of John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy,” paying tribute to the music icon who passed 38 years ago. Recorded in the band’s hometown of Helsinki, Finland, they were joined by acclaimed Finnish jazz trumpeter Verneri Pohjola and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche on drums.  You can see the video below:

Tuomo & Markus is the new musical project from acclaimed Finnish soul/jazz artist Tuomo Prättälä and singer/songwriter Markus Nordenstreng of The Latebirds; the duo released their debut album Dead Circles via Schoolkids Records in September of this year. Dead Circles was recorded in Tucson, AZ after a few spontaneous sessions at Wavelab Studios which featured John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco; John Convertino, Joey Burns and Jakob Valenzuela of Calexico; and Gary Louris of The Jayhawks.

You can stream the debut LP Dead Circles here. Upcoming US shows:

2/21: Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (supporting The Jayhawks)
1/12: New York, NY – Winter Jazzfest
1/18: Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar Cultural Center