New Hollow to debut EP at the Kent Stage

By kelly maile | Staff Writer Published:

Mick Clouse, Evan West and Chad Blashford from the teen rock band New Hollow are like any other teenage boys, besides the fact that they are the first unsigned band in Billboard history to top Billboard's 2011 Hot 100 with their first three singles.

Although they all hail from different states, Clouse, of Dallas and New York City, West from Detroit and Blashford from the Los Angeles area, they ended up attending the same school in New Albany, a small suburb of Columbus.

"We've been playing together for about four or five years now," West said. "We didn't really expect any of this when we first started playing together."

The group received national attention in 2010 with its first hit single "SICK," which debuted at No. 1 in its first week and sold over 140,000 copies in less than six weeks. The bands second single, "Boyfriend" followed suit, also debuting at No. 1 during its first week and selling almost the same amount of copies.

New Hollow will debut their new EP Saturday at the Kent Stage, 175 East Main Street.

"This is our first time coming to Kent and we are really excited," West said. "We know a lot of great bands up there and it's a really cool area, and of course we want to come see all of our fans in Ohio."

Clouse described their music as a fresh approach to classic rock.

"It's a twist of pop-rock and classic rock," Clouse said. "We usually start off with something on guitar and go from there."

All three of the guys are self-taught musicians and they also write their own material.

"I said this to my dad a couple nights ago," West said. "A good song doesn't tell a story, it tells your story. We write all our own music, so there is a part of us in every song. If we put a little bit of ourselves in every song and put our own spin on it, I think it's a success."

Clouse is the lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist, West is also the lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist and he also plays bass and Blashford plays the drums and sings back-up vocals.

"We are all strong singers," Blashford said. "I think that's one of our key ingredients. We spend a lot of time writing our vocal harmonies and that is a big part of our music. When we're writing, we also think about what people like and want to hear."

The only question that remains is why the band continues to stay unsigned.

"We've been approached by a number of labels with various deals," Blashford said. "But I don't think it's necessarily about getting a deal, I think it's about getting the deal."

New Hollow will play a set full of new songs at Saturday nights show.

"Not only will we be debuting our new EP, but we have so much other new material," West said. "There will also be a bit of crowd participation. We will be asking our fans what they want to hear, and we'll play some of our older songs as well."

The guys compared their live performances to a movie.

"Our live show always tells a story," Clouse said. "And we try to make it as entertaining as possible. It will be a fun, loud and energetic show."

The band said they are most looking forward to meeting their new fans.

"In the last year, we've been able to gain so many more fans than what we started out with," Blashford said. "I'm really excited about meeting all of the new people and fans that come out to the show."

Special guest Noize from the Basement will open the show. Noize from the Basement was the winner of the 2013 Tri-C High School Rock Off, the 2012 Indie Music Channel Best Teen Band and the Best Teen Band Album.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. All ages are welcome.

For more information, call 330-677-5005 or to order your ticket online visit www.thekentstage.com

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