That Time I Followed The Hollow On Their CrowBus Extravaganza, Vol. 2

By: Jura Daubenspeck

The Hollow dabbles in the debonair, and gladly greets the gothic, candle-lit sounds of old with their tunes. I had the opportunity to join them on their tour through Northern Colorado for a weekend of music, whiskey, and, of course, brunch up the wazoo.

The Hollow.

The Hollow.

In a city that promotes community and collaboration, Denver rockers The Hollow take it to another level. Last weekend, the band performed at both FoCoMX (April 28th) and Greeley May Play Music Festival (April 29th), and invited their fans to join them on the two-night journey they dubbed the “NoCo CrowBus Experience.”

This was the second time the band offered this all-access pass to its “Crowmunity.” The idea was essentially this: come join us, see what we’re about, and let’s have some fun along the way. The concept of a band reaching out to their fans like this intrigued me, so I joined them on their weekend extravaganza and was amazed at what I found.

The Crowbus in all its glory.

The Crowbus in all its glory.

We headed for Fort Collins on Friday afternoon, forging through the snowstorm in time to set up for their 7:30PM set at The Aggie Theatre. I chatted with frontman Spencer Townshend Hughes about the transformation of the band over the years. Since 2013, they underwent a few member additions, including bassist Ethan Kotel, drummer Jason Hoke, and the lovely harpist Angela Rose Whaley. In its current makeup, the band’s sound may contain similar ingredients to bands such as Muse and Queens of the Stone Age, but has an additional Edgar Allan Poe flavor mixed into it - a tasty combination.

The Hollow commanded The Aggie’s stage, and kept the energy up for accompanying acts such as American Blackout, One Flew West, and The Violet Tides. They played favorites such as their “Pure Imagination” cover,  “An Open Letter to Kim K,” “Catch As You Can,” and of course their stellar cover of 21 Pilots’ “Heathens.” The way in which the band maintained a powerful, yet playful hold over the audience was entertaining and infectious.

Watching The Hollow’s Saturday night performance at The Jager in Greeley, CO felt like an entirely new experience. Unlike The Aggie in its vastness, The Jager was entirely the opposite: an “intimate” basement setting that got “Greeley weird, Greeley quickly.” And yet, no matter the stage or setting, The Hollow managed to command both crowds with their charisma, high energy, and dynamic melodies.

Throughout the weekend, I found myself thinking about what I would write about for this article. I did not document the band’s every word, and instead let the moments of free-moving fingers outweigh the moments of camera-filled hands. I decided to take it all in and allow myself the incredible experience of getting to know a new group of people. I discovered admirable and endearing qualities about each of them, and felt at home in their presence.

Of course, we talked about their music, message, and musical aspirations. We discussed the concept of The Hollow: that death is the only certainty in life, and accepting that inevitability makes life more fruitful and beautiful.

Spencer Townshend Hughes.

Spencer Townshend Hughes.

But above all, I found that The Hollow are a group of passionate and hard-working musicians who are as hilarious as they are dedicated. They’ve got the chops, and will stop at nothing to make sure that in due time, everyone in Denver will know exactly who they are. So next time the group offers up this opportunity, I highly recommend packing your bags and hopping in that van - you really will not regret it.

Keep in touch with The Hollow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And be sure to “Follow the Hollow” here to receive exclusive updates on new music, vlogs, backstage show access, and more.

-Jura

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Denver's Wiredogs Headline Lost Lake Lounge Tonight with The Hollow & CITRA

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Denver’s Wiredogs have been shredding Colorado since 2013. Comprised of Dan Aid (vocals/guitar), Mark Hibl (bass), Stefan Runstrom (drums), and Steven Beck (guitar), this rock four-piece have released two records to date, performed at major gigs including Denver’s Riot Fest and 93.3’s Hometown for the Holidays, and have shared the stage with acts like Pennywise, The Ataris, and Teenage Bottlerocket.

Wiredogs.

Wiredogs.

Though it’s been over a year since the band dropped a record, they’ve got a sweet surprise in store for you tonight: Wiredogs are headlining a show at Lost Lake Lounge, and have promised that their set will be all of their new material coupled with a few of their classic hits.

Earlier this year, Wiredogs dropped a track entitled “Broken Youth”. Fans were stoked, but it’s now been a minute since Wiredogs have dropped anything into the atmosphere, so if you’re as curious as we are about what to expect next from these Denver darlings, get to tonight’s show!

The Hollow.

The Hollow.

Also aboard tonight’s all-local lineup are The Hollow and CITRA. The Hollow, a project by music mastermind Spencer Townshend Hughes, is an alt-rock Denver outfit who actually toured extensively in the Southwest earlier this year in support of their self-titled EP. And CITRA, who we’ve had the chance to chat with and see live, released their debut EP Ocean earlier this year, and have been giggin’ ever since.

Make sure to give all three of these bands your ear tonight! We guarantee it’s gonna be a rowdy time. More details on the show can be found here.

-Hannah

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