While a somewhat unknown quantity outside their native Pacific Northwest, “HOLLOW BONES” is poised to change that. They’ve spent several years doing it the old-fashioned way: playing intimate yet electrifying live sets to growing regional acclaim. Songs like “Read My Lips (I’m Deaf)” and “Sabotage Me” articulate the allure and danger of lost love, oceans of tequila (and other substances), and unlocked seventh story windows.
Their sturdy, well-constructed sound runs the stylistic gamut. Delicate, downtempo “Kevin Says” recalls a mournful Richard Buckner, with restrained rhythms, shimmering slide guitar, and soulful vocal delivery. Elsewhere, “Sabotage Me” opens the throttle and delivers a honky-tonk wrecking ball of ragged guitars, supported by muscular pop-inflected drumming. This is country music penned by Hank Williams Jr. channeling early Flaming Lips.
Unsurprisingly, their collective pedigrees originate outside the world of country. Drummer DAVE KRUSEN was formerly in Pearl Jam; Guitarist and vocalist TY WILLMAN played with the seminal Green Apple Quickstep; guitarist CAMERON BROWNFIELD was a successful hip-hop and rock producer; guitarist ALAN HUNT is a life-long musician, who grew up in Charlotte and brings a distinctively southern sound to the group; and bassist JEREMY LIGHTFOOT plays bass in the alt-rock band Satchel and the punk band Buffaloes.