June 13, 2017

Hollerado at the Commodore definitely worth a night out

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Hollerado at the Commodore worth the night out
written by Sam Henault

The Tele and the Strat are sounding fantastic, blasting through the Orange amps.  The rythmic dynamics of Hollerado‘s Menno Versteeg and Nixon Boyd have the crowd on their toes and making noise.  It’s easy to tell these guys have at this for a while, to say the least. A decade together is an impressive fleet for any.  Hollerado is a very tight group, making us all feel like we were born yesterday.

The stories and jokes between songs are one of the many examples of their professionalism with drummer Jake Boyd thumping in the punch lines, slightly reminiscent of Ringo Star. They most certainly own the stage, and thats something we all appreciate about the veteran bands – they can put on a show. Perfectly sane in their comfort zone, jumping off the bass drum, and knowing how to make that guitar squeal. Rock, and music, and art alike is about the emotion put behind it; gotta hand it to em, Hollerado does not shy away from making it clear why they wrote the songs. Outspoken, political, and no smell of bullshit.

Hollerado has been on tour since January; tthats a stretch, especially with only five days off since the start of the tour.  Another example of their professionalism – obviously tired but they don’t show it, with a drink in their hand and endless amounts of things to say, regarding gender, sex, politics, and misadventures, this is what they do and they do it at a very sophisticated level.  It’s nice to see bands who bring their friends on stage.  Hollerado had the singer from Everett Bird sitting in on keyboards for the entire set. Some bands take things so seriously. Have fun! Why else play in a rock band?

I’ve always been mildly critical of new bands or ‘Modern rock’.  I’m definitely an old-school guy, so it felt good to expand my musical horizon and discover another band I can be a fan of.  I really did not know anything about Hollerado until doing some research after getting the opportunity to cover them. I liked the name.  Needless to say, I was far from disappointed.

Given recent circumstances in my personal life, a good show and quality tunes is what was needed. Not to mention all the fun to be had down on Granville.  I highly recommend seeing Hollerado live.  Heavy bass, cool guitar parts, great songs, and like any quality headliner, they make it known they’re here to party. and finished off the night with a 3 song encore. There couldn’t have been a better way to close the night.

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written by Sam Henault



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