Mookie Clouse – guitarist/vocalist
Evan West – guitarist/vocalist
Chad Blashford – drummer
With eclectic influences, stellar harmonies and multi-instrumental skills that belie their ages, New Hollow—Mookie Clouse, 21; Evan West, 21; and Chad Blashford, 20—are rock ‘n’ roll obsessives who know more about old-school bands and equipment than many musicians twice their age. Their song “She Ain’t You” scored the teen trio a “Breakthrough Song” by Sirius XM’s The Pulse and was The Pulse’s #18 song of year, while Billboard cited them as one of the “Bands To Watch.”
New Hollow, formed in New Albany, Ohio, have been playing music since they were nine. They became a band by age 13, and, as Clouse notes: “When Evan and I turned 21, we’d been writing together for 10 years.” Citing influences including Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys, Zeppelin, The Beatles, Sam Cooke, and Nirvana, New Hollow met in middle school. Clouse, born in Dallas, met West soon after moving to New Albany with his family. Blashford lived two houses from Clouse. While the boys were into skateboarding, gaming and other pre-teen temptations, by their early teens, Clouse—who received a Squire Strat at age 7, and West, a left-handed player who began guitar seriously at 9, were jamming and penning their first “simple, super pop” songs. Clouse’s dad– Michael J. Clouse III— worked with the late Jeff Buckley and had a recording studio in the basement, where the boys jammed up to 10 hours a day. Even before Blashford joined on drums, New Hollow played its first gig at a local bar, as well as at bar mitzvahs and parties.
Though West and Blashford both played football in school, it was in New Hollow where they gelled, the drummer cementing the lineup, with Clouse giving the self-taught Blashford his initial start. “We played every day after school, and from the first moment, John Henry Bonham was my number one drummer,” Blashford says. “My room is covered with Zep and Pink Floyd posters, and I also love Mitch Mitchell and Nick Mason.” Clouse is likewise a Floyd fan, digging David Gilmour, but holds David Bowie’s Spiders from Mars late axeman Mick Ronson in the highest esteem. In fact, the New Hollow logo tips the hat to their inspirations—it’s a combination of the British and American flags.
“She Ain’t You” was released on Epic Records and peaked in the twenties on both the Mediabase Top 40 and Hot AC charts in 2014.
Equally adept at acoustic or electric performances, New Hollow has already shared the stage with Fall Out Boy, New Politics, Gavin DeGraw, The Pretty Reckless, OAR, Train, A Great Big World, MKTO, Fifth Harmony, Meghan Trainor, Blues Traveler, Jason Derulo, Foreigner, AJR, Hot Chelle Rae, Katy Tiz, My Crazy Girlfriend, Carly Rae Jepsen, Karmin, Cher Lloyd, Timeflies, Austin Mahone, Cody Simpson, Big Time Rush, Mike Posner & Parachute, as well as having performed the National Anthem on a Fox-TV nationally televised Thanksgiving Day game from Cowboy Stadium, in front of 93,000 fans and 30 million around the world.
New Hollow recently signed with Bee & El/ Sony Music and New Hollow’s EP debut, recorded with British producer Mikal Blue (OneRepublic, Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, Five For Fighting) and Michael J. Clouse III, will be released Summer 2016.
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