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Club AC30 delivered Eastern Hollows debut LP this month and it’s time to take it for a test drive! The five piece impressed with the singles ‘Summers Dead’ and ‘The Way That You’ve Gone‘ earlier in the year, so expectations are high going in. Gigwise premiered the album, stating “In the same way Australian duo Jagwar Ma out-Manchestered Manchester bands in 2013, Brooklyn-based collective Eastern Hollows have done the same for 2014. Their debut album is a glorious collection of modern shoegaze anthems, all brimming with influence from the Madchester scene of the early nineties.” Indeed, there’s a British sheen to these songs, but the band do cite Oxford legends Ride as an influence. Along with The Stone Roses and The Jesus And Mary Chain, so it makes sense.

Eastern Hollows don’t rely on the shoegaze  hallmarks though, the album only lightly nods its head that way. There’s very little pitch bending or destructive distortion, instead they rely on classic rock n’ roll with plenty of reverb and singable melodies. It’s an accessible record with a 90s frame of mind. Apart from the aforementioned singles, ‘Mickey Galaxy’ is a stand out. A dreamy slow burner that escalates over five plus minutes. Overall, Eastern Hollows is solid debut offering that ticks the boxes you’d expect but also has enough diversity to keep you listening. They’ve come a long way since releasing their ‘Days Ahead’ EP in 2012 and deserve all the praise coming to them. Catch the album launch on June 6 at Brooklyn’s Radio Bushwick, limited vinyl pressing available here.

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Eastern Hollows - 'Eastern Hollows'
Songwriting
Sound & Production
Reverb Rating
PRO'S
  • The singles are great
  • Lots of reverb!
CON'S
  • 'Baggy' rock fans may find it too derivative
3.5Overall Score
Reader Rating: (3 Votes)

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