Excuse the pun-fueled name, Hollerado‘s talents should be taken seriously. They are talented enough to be handpicked by Jack White to open for The Dead Weather in Toronto in 2009 and to win Ottawa’s Battle of the Bands that same year. Signed this year to Arts&Crafts, the band joined a juggernaut of labelmates like Broken Social Scene, Feist and Stars. Sounding like b-sides off Weezer’s Blue Album, Hollerado plays garage rock with a strong pop sensibility, with simple structures drenched in a certain rawness usually set aside for smokey bars and cheap pitchers of beer. That’s not to say this band doesn’t deserve the big time. They just possess a hometown feeling, an “oh yeah, they practice down the road from me” vibe.
We first met our Canadian friends in June during NXNE (or North by Northeast), where we had a great conversation with them at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern and caught a bit of their explosive live act first hand. This month, they brought their confetti guns and catchy licks to the KEXP studio for a memorable live session. Check out the interview and songs here: