Year of the Field Mouse (High School Records, 2017) is a sonic departure for Hollow Sidewalks, a band that incorporates psychedelia, post-punk and garage rock as well as shoegaze-inspired Verve-esque soundscapes. High School Records will host a record release party at Holocene in Portland, Oregon to kick off Hollow Sidewalks’ West Coast tour.
Year of the Field Mouse marks an ongoing journey for Nora Murphy Hughes. She has done what many Portlanders are doing—she’s cut back the booze and subbed harder drugs for more weed, with good results. The 60s inspired, sunny psych rock, laced with post punk riffs, is a testament to this. “Volcano,” their upcoming video release, is named after Hughes’ vaporizer. Their sophomore album signals departure from the darker, heavier Ain’t No Way (2014). Of the transition, Hughes says “It’s definitely a brighter, happier record than the last one. Overall there’s a more optimistic tone.”
Hollow Sidewalks is Nora Murphy Hughes (vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter) [ex-Hawkeye] Nicholas LoCascio (guitar) [ex-Hugs], Doug Ornas (drums) [ex-Grandparents, Devy Metal] and Mori Dinauer (bass) [Dandelyons]. Christina Broussard of The Portland Mercury describes them as a band that will “casually catch your ear and pull you in until you can’t get enough.” Of Hughes, Broussard says her “lazy drawl, reminiscent of early Siouxsie Sioux [and] is backed by solid rhythm and understated, wandering guitar riffs. Hollow Sidewalks’ music is easy to lose yourself in, and has that rare ability to speak to a child of rock ‘n’ roll of any generation.”
Hollow Sidewalks has played with national and international touring bands Warlocks, Roky Erickson and Ringo Deathstarr. They have also played with Elephant Stone, Spindrift and The Prids. Their West Coast tour features dates at the Elbo Room in San Francisco and Harvard and Stone in LA. They will play with psychedelic favorites Asteroid #4.
High School Records Presents Hollow Sidewalks Year of the Field Mouse Record Release
Hollow Sidewalks, other bands TBA
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
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