Since its formation in 2009, the scrappy New York outfit known as Hollis Brown has emerged as one of America's most compelling young rock 'n' roll acts. Drawing from a bottomless well of classic influences yet firmly rooted in the present, the band's output has steadily evolved from the raw immediacy of its early releases to the more expansive, adventurous approach that fuels its bracing new album 3 Shots.
Hollis Brown's progression from unpretentious garage combo to confident, distinctive musical force is evident throughout 3 Shots. The eleven-song set marks a substantial creative leap for the band, with such sonically edgy, emotionally resonant new tunes as "Cathedral," "Sandy," "Wait For Me Virginia" and the title track, which exemplify the quintet's balance of sharp melodic song craft, vivid lyrics and artfully-deployed electric and acoustic textures. Other highlights include the heart-tugging "Highway One," a duet with acclaimed alt-country songstress Nikki Lane, and the uplifting "Rain Dance."
Hollis Brown has already achieved an impressive series of career milestones in its relatively brief existence. Their 2013 indie album Ride on the Train helped to win the band an enthusiastic international fan base while attracting copious critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, Spin and American Songwriter.