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After recording two albums in their home studio, the Black Hollies left the bachelor pad and ventured out into the real world — or at least as far as Hoboken, NJ, where they shacked up inside the Pigeon Club to record 2009's Softly Towards the Light. Earlier albums introduced the band's swirling, reverent brand of '60s psychedelia, but Light couches those fuzzed-out guitar solos and double-tracked vocals in a more appropriate context, adding nostalgic production and a wider range of instruments to the mix. Justin Angelo Morey has always been the group's captain, but his bandmates do their own share of ship-steering this time around — particularly Jon Gonnelli, who eschews his usual guitar duties and focuses on a wealth of Mellotron, keyboard, and organ parts. The chief agenda of every Black Hollies album is to evoke the '60s, a decade that inspires every facet of the band's songwriting, and Softly Towards the Light accomplishes that task with the most appropriate production of the band's career.


Formed: 2005 in Jersey City, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

New Jersey's Black Hollies emerged in 2005 with a mix of '60s-styled garage rock, psychedelia, and gritty soul. Initially formed as a side project by three members of the hard rock group Rye Coalition, the quartet signed with Brooklyn's Ernest Jennings Record Co. and officially debuted in 2006 with the self-produced Crimson Reflections. Bandmates Justin Angelo Morey (vocals, bass), Herb Wiley (guitar), Scott Bolasci (drums), and Jon Gonnelli (guitar) supported the release with a slew of live dates,...
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