Hollis Brown,
The TVD First Date

“I got my first record player from my dad when I was a young kid. This vintage looking thing that looked like it came from outer space. I still have it in my living room, and while my vinyl collection has grown, I still listen to them on this old turntable. “

“I recently read an interview with Neil Young the other day (who is one of my favorite songwriters) and he was speaking about how he thinks vinyl amongst kids is a bit of a “fashion statement” and that record labels are taking digital masters and putting them on vinyl because there is a bit of a demand for it suddenly. I hope that is not true, and if record labels are doing that, it is bullshit.

While my dad gave me this record player, my uncle gave me his collection of vinyl to start me out. The one that sticks out most, and still hangs on the wall in my home studio is the Beatles’ A Hard Days Night. It was the soundtrack to the movie, and if you know the album, then you will know that the back has all of these individual pictures of the Beatles faces, like they were in a photo booth.

My uncle must have been a kid himself, the album was my mother’s, but he wrote these hysterical quotes next to each Beatle. Like “Hey I’m John, and I want to eat your kids,” Or “Hey I’m George, and my haircut sucks and I like to pick my nose.” Without even listening to the record I knew I would keep it forever.

We did a Record Store Day release last year. It was a tribute to The Velvet Underground’s Loaded. We played a morning show in Dallas, and the host referred to the vinyl as a licorice Frisbee. I thought that was hysterical.

I guess with vinyl, you get it, or you don’t.”
Mike Montali

Hollis Brown will be releasing their sophomore album 3 Shots on May 5th on Jullian Records. The album features “Rain Dance,” an unfinished Bo Diddley song the band was given by the Diddley Estate to complete and make their own.

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