Hollis Brown has signed with independent label Jullian Records for the release of 3 Shots available May 5, featuring a Bo Diddley collaboration “Rain Dance” and the duet “Highway 1” with acclaimed alt-country songstress Nikki Lane. The edgy, roots-rock indie band from Queens, NY, known for its adrenaline fueled performances, wrapped 11 appearances at SXSW, where they signed with The Agency Group, preceded by a mini-tour with the Zombies. The 3 Shots pre-order is available April 7 through May 5 on iTunes and Amazon, with instant grat track “Rain Dance” April 7 and “3 Shots” April 21. The band will tour this summer and fall, with dates to be announced shortly, followed by an international tour October through November.
“Working with Jullian has been everything we could have asked for from a record label: They have given us complete creative control to make the record we want, and the chance to get it out to an audience our way. We can't wait for people to hear ‘3 Shots,’” says Hollis Brown lead singer/guitarist Mike Montali.
Jullian Records founder, Cynthia Brossy Hart comments, “There’s a reason Hollis Brown’s new release is called 3 Shots. The band brings the combination of great songwriting, musicianship, hard work and lots of energy to their music and live performances. Something everyone should experience.”
Hollis Brown is a self-defined American Rock ‘n’ Roll band, named after a Bob Dylan song “The Ballad of Hollis Brown”. The band was formed by Queens-natives and songwriters Mike Montali (lead vocals/guitar) and Jonathan Bonilla (lead guitar). Both 2nd-generation immigrants (Italian-American and Puerto Rican-American, respectively), they soon found their musical brethren in the Mid-West, recruiting Dillon Devito (bass/vocals) and Andrew Zehnal (drums) from Ohio and Adam Bock (keyboard/vocals) from Missouri.
The independent act has achieved a significant amount of success since their formation in 2009. They released their debut album, Ride On The Train, on Alive Naturalsound in 2013 (produced by Adam Landry), garnering song and video premieres from Rolling Stone, Paste and American Songwriter, along with music placements on MTV’s Real World, Showtime’s Shameless and the Willem Dafoe/Matt Dillon film Bad Country. Following a Lou Reed tribute concert in NYC, Alive Naturalsound asked the band to record a tribute to the Velvet Underground’s classic album Loaded, as a limited-edition vinyl release for Record Store Day 2014. Hollis Brown Gets Loaded took on a life of its own, with airplay on stations like KEXP, resulting in a full CD and digital release, and the band's first AAA/Non-Comm radio campaign. The band has toured extensively in America and Europe, building fan bases on both continents.
For more information, visit jullianrecords.com/artist/hollis-brown.