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Andy French explains how The Hollowkind approach their music

From my perspective The Hollowkind is a good old-fashioned hard rock band with distorted guitars and a solid rhythm section. I think the overall musical style has been influenced by a lot of contemporary metal which tends to be riff based with guitar solos being few and far between; used when appropriate but not considered a requirement for every song. You'll quite often find additional depth being provided through the use of synth parts too.

Although there are some 6-string guitar parts in The Hollowkind material, the majority of our tunes utilise 7-string guitars. The 7-strings offer up a really thick sound especially when dropped a tone to A. I love that fat ‘boingy' sound.

Between them, Dave and Jonah lay down rock solid rhythms with plenty of power. I think you can hear some of the old-style heavy metal in there; Golgotha days revisited.

The addition of an electronic drum kit has made a huge difference. We've all been really surprised at how lively the drums sound in a live context and I think they've been a real boon. Jonah is continually looking for ways to improve his sound too and all of us have been exploiting technology be it electronic drums or virtual amp modeling.

In terms of lyrics and vocals the approach has been to move away from black metal growls or hardcore screaming to a more melodic sensibility. Certainly in the recorded material you'll hear quite a few vocal harmonies at work. It's hard to pin down how we arrive at the subject matter for our tunes but I think it's fair to say that the majority of the songs are based on moods or sentiments rather than specific subjects. I certainly like the freedom that gives to paint dark pictures.

Andy French

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