“Hollowstar are the kind of band that exude so much shimmering potential that you’re reassured the future of rock music could well be in safe hands.” – Planet Rock
Surging into the top five in the ‘Best New Band’ category at Planet Rock’s 2019 awards, Hollowstar are carving out their own route to the top, paved with hard-hitting riffs and cemented by melodic yet inherently impactful lyrics. Modern, fist-pumping rock at its very finest, Hollowstar combine classic and contemporary influences to create a distinctly infectious sound all of their own which, whilst undeniably drawing upon musical idols past and present, feels altogether unique.
Formed in 2015 in the market town of St Ives, Cambridgeshire by vocalist/bassist Joe Bonson, his brother Jack Bonson on drums, and lead guitarist Phil Haines, Hollowstar wasted no time in making their presence known, picking up The NMG’s ‘Breakthrough Artist’ award in their very first year before returning to collect the awards for ‘Breakout Artist’ and ‘Best Rock Band’ just two short years later. In 2017 they unleashed their debut EP, ‘Some Things Matter’, which peaked at no.13 on the iTunes rock chart and led the way to bigger things. In 2018 they returned to the fold with the acclaimed singles ‘All I Gotta Say’ and ‘Let You Down’, taken from their then forthcoming debut album, which each picked up plays and praise alike on both BBC Radio 2’s Rock Show and Planet Rock, with the latter even singling them out as their ‘Ones to Watch’. Tours alongside the likes of Graham Bonnet and Dan Reed Network only served to raise the band’s stock even further and created a tangible air of excitement as they made preparations for their first ever headline tour, which saw them play to sold-out crowds throughout the UK.
In early 2019 Hollowstar delighted fans with the announcement of their eponymous debut album, released on May 3 rd to widespread acclaim. Reaching the top 10 in the iTunes Rock Album Chart and declared one of Classic Rock’s top 30 albums of the year, the album not only led to the band’s first headline UK tour in front of capacity crowds around the country, but also created in-roads into Europe alongside the incredible Skid Row, with the tour kicking off in November ‘19.