It’s not every day a band emails you asking to pre-review their debut EP! So a quick thank you to the talented Fox Hollow for reaching out to me, I feel honored 🙂
Fox Hollow is a four-piece band from Long Island, NY. They’re pretty new to the music scene: the band formed in 2016, and right away were gigging and touring. Fox Hollow’s sound is rooted in the early Long Island emo scene, and contains a variety of musical tastes–as well as a show based in the ’70s Art-Rock scene. Members include Mike Themistocleous (vocals, guitar), Joe Oliveto (guitar), Dan DeLucia (bass), and Chris Swift (drums, backing vocals).
The Dream Reel is very cohesive and well done for a debut EP. The tracks are well-done, and the audio is clean. Musically, the album is amazing, sort of split in two: the first two tracks have a dream-like quality, mostly due to the bass-heavy songs, while the last two tracks are faster in tempo.
The opening track, “June,” instantly made me think of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” (1967). It’s audible in the opening of the track and the bass line throughout. Themistocleous’ vocals are smooth and calming, lulling one into a dreamlike state. DeLucia’s skill with the bass is evident, and really carried this track.
“Tennesee Whiskey” was my favorite of the four tracks. The tempo of the song and the buildups were great. It’s a song meant to be performed live that sounds just as good on recording.
“The Dream Reel” had me thinking at first it was just a jam track, and I would’ve been totally happy with that! Then the vocals began, which wasn’t disappointing since they kept the jamming-esque music underneath. The whole track was inter-cut between focus on vocals and jam interludes, which made for such a cool and dynamic track.
The final track, “Strangers to Ourselves,” had the coolest opening. Like it gave me chills, between the guitar swells and drumbeat. I loved the contrast between the rock sound of the song and the softer vocals. Themistocleous’ voice carries clearly without being overpowered, which is quite a feat when a song’s music takes more of the focus.
Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this EP. Fox Hollow has such a unique (in the best way!) sound in today’s rock scene. I’m so happy that I’ve heard them early on, and I can’t wait to keep up with the band! I look forward to hearing more from Fox Hollow and hearing the evolution over the years. Fox Hollow, welcome to the rock scene!♫
If you want to listen to (and hopefully purchase!!) The Dream Reel, it’s available now on bandcamp, and will be available soon on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, and Soundcloud!
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