Cambridge rockers Hollowstar finally released their self-titled debut album on May 3rd. Having played scores of shows and embarking on successful tours with the likes of Graham Bonnet Band, HRH favourites Dan Reed Network & Stone Broken, they have managed to build a legion of die-hard fans along the way on the strength of their 6 track EP ‘Some Things Matter’. Those same fans made it very clear that they wanted, nay DEMANDED more music, so with the help of a very successful pre-order campaign, we have what is quite simply one of the best albums I have heard in a long time.
If you’re a regular listener to both HRH Radio and Planet Rock, then you’ll already be familiar with the 2 lead singles ‘All I Gotta Say’ and ‘Let You Down’ both of which showcase the production quality and writing prowess of the band. The album in general has a more mature feel and sound to it that is testament to how far the band have come in such a relatively short time.
I could wax lyrical all day about this album but my review would end up as a 4 page spread and there’d be little reason for you to actually buy a copy, so I’ll give you some thoughts on my personal favourite track and that is ‘Good Man Gone’. I’ve always loved the more meaningful songs that are prevalent in rock music, songs like Pearl Jam’s ‘Jeremy’ have always resonated more with me than songs about dragons and monsters, this song is no different with its message about mental health and depression and the effects if left unheeded. Songs about real subjects can sometimes come across as preachy or miss the mark. Hollowstar have crafted a song that delivers its message with subtlety, that does nothing to diminish the kick ass nature of the track.
There is genuinely not one bad track on the album, nothing that can be construed as “filler”, The band have taken the lessons learned recording their EP to heart, working more on quality over quantity, and it has paid off. If you only buy one album this year, it needs to be this. Rock is not dead and never will be as long as there are bands like Hollowstar!