Hollis Brown Set to Create Modern Rock Classic with “Ozone Park” Album Premiere – Billboard

After surviving a retro label on her previous efforts, Hollis Brown entered the new album Ozone park – released on June 7 and featured exclusively below – with a mission.

“I think we wanted to make a statement that rock music can still be played in a modern way, but it’s still as good as some of those acts of the past,” frontman Mike Montali, who co-founded the band 10 years ago with guitarist Jonathan Bonilla, says Billboard. “That’s what we decided to do, just good songs but rock n ‘roll with the sound of 2019, not the sound of 1976.”

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The quartet from Queens, NY took the time to do this on Ozone park also. Hollis Brown – named “The Ballad of Hollis Brown” by Bob Dylan – stayed off the road for almost a year writing and recording the album, as well as rebuilding its business operations, including management and label (now with the Mascot Label Group). “It was a difficult year for us,” admits Montali. “We’re so used to playing so much; Being at home and not playing was a very different thing. But it was all worth it. We felt it was time to take a step back and get the right team together so that when this album comes out, we are going all out. Extensive pre-production helped the band make Ozone park quickly – for eight days with producer Adam Landry in Fort Myers, Florida – and also experimenting a bit. “We did some samples, some 808 digital drums on some of the songs and synth stuff that we weren’t doing before, just to bring a youthful touch to the sound,” Montali says. “But if it’s a good song, it’s still a good song, no matter how you dress them.”

Ozone park is decidedly diverse and contemporary, mixing soft pop touches with Hollis Brown’s stock Americana – and ranging from the fuzzy hard rock of “Bad Mistakes” to the funky groove of “Go For It”. “I always like to try to make each song to be different,” says Montali. “I think it’s probably because I grew up in Queens and saw the different cultures and diversity there. I fell in love with all types of music, ”he recalls. “We had hip-hop, funk music, rock n ‘roll, singer-songwriters. Everyone in the group loves all of these things, so it’s good to try to incorporate all of these things. We are really open.

As Ozone park making his way around the world – preceded by the single “Do Me Right” – Hollis Brown is set to return on tour. The band will celebrate the release with a free performance on June 9 and a signing at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, then perform Mountain Jam on June 16 in Bethel, NY before hitting the road in earnest in July. There are also plans to play on August 18 at Woodstock 50 if the Watkins Glen, NY festival is actually taking place. “We’re just going to plan to get back on the road and watch it grow,” says Montali. “We like to play live and really want to play live as much as possible. We’ve done a lot of stuff over the past 10 years, and we still love it, which is the most important thing. We still believe in it and bring the music we believe in to people – what is missing. We are still living it. We really feel like the last of the great American rock bands, and I think this record is one of the best rock records out there. “

Hollis Brown’s current list of tour dates includes:

June 9 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY (album release and signing)
June 16 – Mountain Jam – Bethel, NY
July 11 – The Mercantile – Huntsville, AL (with Dishwalla)
July 12 – The Nick – Birmingham, AL
July 13 – Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN
July 14 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
July 18 – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT (with Robert Randolph & the Family Band)
July 24 – Payomet Performing Arts Center – North Truro, MA (with Robert Randolph & the Family Band)
July 25 – City Winery – Boston, MA (with Robert Randolph & the Family Band)
July 27 – Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks – Bethlehem, PA
July 29 – Encore @ Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO (with Thunderpussy)
July 30 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO (with Thunderpussy)
July 31 – The Basement – Columbus, OH (with Thunderpussy)
August 2 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH (with Thunderpussy)
August 4 – Turbo Haüs – Montreal, QC (with Thunderpussy)
August 5 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON (with Thunderpussy)
August 7 – Sonia – Cambridge, MA (with Thunderpussy)
August 8 – The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ (with Thunderpussy)
August 9 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY (with Thunderpussy)
August 10 – Milkboy – Philadelphia, PA (with Thunderpussy)
August 11 – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD (with Thunderpussy)
August 13 – High Watt – Nashville, TN (with Thunderpussy)
August 15 – The Hi-Fi – Indianapolis, IN (with Thunderpussy)
August 16 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL (with Thunderpussy)

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