The debut album from Hollow Bones is a furiously energetic beast of modern heaviness and bright melodies. Blending honest aggression and dark emotion, Lionheart is an untamed beast that revels in its freedom to roam where it wants. Singer Patrick Anthony spoke eloquently about his band, his album, and about the ubiquity of loss…
Introduce us to Hollow Bones!
Hi! Hollow Bones is Patrick (me), Sharon, Andrew, Connor, and Kyle. I do vocals, Sharon plays guitar and does vocals, Kyle plays bass and does vocals, Andrew plays guitar, and Connor plays drums!
I didn’t realise it at first, but I actually have Edenborn’s Twentyone Eightythree – what’s the story behind your change in name?
That is hilarious and awesome that you have that! We changed our name when we released the first single off of Lionheart (“DRYTOOTH”). We felt that the change in sound was so drastic, and it felt like we needed a fresh start, and a name that represented us, and our message better. So we came up with Hollow Bones!
What’s the significance behind the new band name?
Hollow bones are what allow birds to fly. We thought that it was beautiful that something so fragile could have such a great importance. It is sort of a metaphor for how we look at life. It is fleeting and fragile, but it can be beautiful and filled with purpose.
Although your album cover speaks of an urban background, your name, (and several song titles), does not – do you take much inspiration from nature in other regards?
I love to be in nature as much as possible, and while refining and organising lyrics, I often do so outside in a comfortable spot, or somewhere I find beautiful, so in a way, yes!
What’s the significance of the album cover?
The album cover is meant to portray humanity. There is a candid sadness about the photo, and it was exactly what we were looking for when we asked our good friend Andrea Ouellette to photograph our album cover. The album is about loss and humanity, and we wanted something that we felt captured that in image form.
What are your musical influences?
Our musical influences are really very diverse. They range from Deftones to PVRIS, Green Day, Metallica, Misery Signals, Counterparts, Lamb of God, Caspian, Meshuggah, Story of the Year, Erra, The Ghost Inside, Parkway Drive. The list goes on and on. But as far as collectively, I would say Counterparts and Misery Signals are our biggest influences as a band.
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend
OH! This is great. Ok, “Newborn Mind” by Napoleon, “All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us” by Architects, “Blueprints” by Wage War, “Coast 2 Coast” by Futuristic and Devvon Terrell, annnnd “Welcome to Palm City” by Ligeia.
Tell us about some of the songs/themes on Lionheart
Thematically the whole album is about loss. Loss of humanity, loss of innocence, loss of love. Each song, though, covers it in a different way. “Lionheart: Execution:/”Lionheart: Sonder” are about the loss of humanity seen on the individual level, and then on the grand scale. “Murder of Crows” also covers large-scale loss of humanity. “DRYTOOTH” is about the loss of a loved one to suicide. “Wolfcrone” is about loss of love, and so forth. We wanted to write about things that are relatable, and at the same time raise awareness to what we think are problems that humanity as a species is facing from a societal standpoint.
Where is your music heading in the future, do you think?
I think that we really found our sound on this album, so you can certainly expect more of what we had on “Lionheart”, but we are all evolving musicians, so we will always want to try new things!
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
That is a tough one. It is between “Altruistic Lung”, and “Wolfcrone”. They are both very personal in nature lyrically. In the end though, “Wolfcrone” is probably my favourite because of its high intensity, and Sharon’s vocals. I love her singing parts. The lyrics at the end of the song are very important to me as well.
With music becoming increasingly digital in nature, what’s your take on the digital/physical debate and the current state of the music industry?
As far as digital vs. physical I think it is different for everyone. I grew up with CDs and cassette tapes, and I loved having the lyric booklet, and reading along with each song as it played. Owning a physical thing is cool because you have something tangible that shows your support of an artist you enjoy. At the same time, though, digital music is incredibly convenient and incredibly efficient. You can have thousands of songs with unbelievable quality right on your phone. That is amazing.
As far as the current state of the music industry, that is a big question. I am a firm believer that music is art, and that it is an expression of the self. That means that however you want to express yourself, you are free to do it. But I think that a lot of the artistry has been taken out of it, and a lot of music feels soulless, corporate, or superficial. But that is a hard point to argue because someone can just say “that is how they choose to express themselves”, and they technically would be right. I personally feel there are a lot of truly amazing artists out there who do not have the recognition they deserve, and that some of the popular artists of today are grossly overpaid and overrated.
Playing live – essential or pointless?
Absolutely, unequivocally, 110% essential.
What are the next steps for Hollow Bones?
Hollow Bones is releasing a music video very soon, and then after that probably one more before we begin work on our next musical project =)
October will have us on tour with our good friends in Tribute, and potentially again in February with our friends in I Dreamt the Sea. July 12th we have a show at My Place Pizza in Poughkeepsie, so if you are in the area, definitely come hang with us!!
Any final words?
Be good to your fellow man, because we are all in this together. Tell the people you care about that you love them, because you are not guaranteed tomorrow. Support your locals artists, and support your local musicians!