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Album Review

Although Somehow Hollow's debut is competent and energetic pop-punk, it would have been more impressive if there hadn't been uncounted bands strip-mining a similar territory in the decade or so prior to its release. All the defining traits of the genre are here in force: driving rhythms, combinations of distorted ringing riffs and grinding chords, harmonies tinged with exuberant yelp, and words that, for all their punkish settings, deal mostly with the sweet pain of romantic loss. If "sweet pain" sounds like an oxymoron, there's no getting around how the general good-humored tone of their aggression is at odds with the with the downcast outlook of the lyrics. There's a bit, and not much, of metal involved too, particularly in the occasional mild screech of swoops down the strings.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Somehow Hollow are something of a spin-off band of the Canadian band Grade, which at various times included all four members. Somehow Hollow were the trio of bassist/singer Mike Casarin, drummer Drew Clark, and guitarist/singer Kent Abbott when they formed in 2000. Guitarist/singer Brad Casarin, brother of Mike, joined them to make a foursome, although at that time Brad's main project was Grade. When Grade ground to a halt in mid-2002, all four members...
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