“Hollowstar are the kind of band that exude so much shimmering potential that you’re reassured the future of rock music could well be in safe hands.”
Surging into the top five in the ‘Best New Band’ category at Planet Rock’s 2019 awards, Hollowstar are carving out their own route to the top, paved with hard-hitting riffs and cemented by melodic yet inherently impactful lyrics. Drawing upon influences including the likes of Thunder, Slash, and Black Stone Cherry, the band’s highly-oned music and Joe’s impressive pipes are entrenched in classic rock, yet rather than just idly regurgitating their influences, Hollowstar’s sound is decidedly fresh and engrained with their own personality.
Formed in 2015 in the market town of St Ives, Cambridgeshire by vocalist/bassist Joe Bonson, his brother Jack Bonson on drums, and dual lead guitarists Phil Haines and Tom Collett, Hollowstar spent their early years relentlessly touring as they perfected their craft. In 2017 they unleashed their debut EP, ‘Some Things Matter’, to the world and it was duly showered with plaudits from the press and peaked at no.13 on the iTunes rock chart. Flaunting their diverse musical talents, the six-track EP led the way to support slots with Stone Broken, Toseland and more.
Building upon these embryonic talents, in May 2018 they returned to the fold with the towering anthem ‘All I Gotta Say’, which picked up plays on both BBC Radio 2’s Rock Show and Planet Rock before the band followed up with their second single, ‘Let You Down’. Hailed by Classic Rock Magazine as “muscular modern hard rock… bold chunky production [and] riffs the size of monster trucks’, the track has not only been picked up by Planet Rock and BBC Radio 2, but also deservedly featured in Classic Rock’s Heavy Rotation. With their career on an upward trajectory, the summer of 2018 saw the band play a series of headline dates and festivals in and around tours supporting Graham Bonnet Band and Dan Reed Network.
In early 2019 Hollowstar delighted fans with the announcement of their eponymous debut album, released on May 3rd. With a tour alongside Stone Broken opening up the year and a headline UK album tour providing a sensational soundtrack for the summer, the band continue to break down walls, challenge perceptions and most importantly, create great music.
Rock is once again rightfully on the rise, and Hollowstar look set to lead the charge with riffs fit to grace arenas one day and a truly entertaining live show to match.