Live Video: Hollerado

Photo by Dave Lichterman

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:

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