Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
My Hollow itself was formed 2008 with original members Angelo Giammattolo (Drums), Greg Gallagher (Guitar) and Graham Gaudreault (Vocals) at its core, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Through through various internet classified posting we came across, Sean De Faria (Bass) and Lenny Chaisson (Guitar) to round out the line-up in 2010 and 2012 respectively. With a solid and committed core group of musicians we recorded two independent releases in Cold Dark Days (EP 2012) and On Borrowed Time (LP 2015) and performed with persistent regularity in both support and headlining positions over the years. We have a stern sense of vigor and desire to keep improving our live performance, songs and overall quality to continue to prove that My Hollow is one of the premier metal acts out of Toronto.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
The first word that comes to mind would be 'Progessive.' We have a very scattered writing style which often leads to riff-ADHD, and ultimately a lot of progression. There is also a groove aspect present, a lot of parts where the head just needs to bang. There is always a catalog of bands from which we have drawn inspiration from, but most natably; Gojira, Lamb of God, The Agonist, Chimaira, Between The Buried and Me, Machine Head etc…
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
We truly feel we have something tangible to offer to the metal community. Lets face it, this is a different music industry than it was a decade ago, the bar has been set high and the value placed on music has diminished. We've put a great deal of hard work and thought into the creation of our music, and the whole thing was self-produced. We truly feel that any metalhead can relate to our sound in one capacity or another. If the music doesn't suit you than at least the album cover is cool, hahahaha.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We have two official releases, Cold Dark Days (EP 2012) and On Borrowed Time (LP 2015). Both albums were self-produced, self-recorded and independently released. So far we have heard some very glowing responses from fans and music industry peers as well.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We try to get out as often as possible, we all take time away from our families, work and other engagements and make sacrifices to get to every show possible, and at the same time try to reach further out of our immediate area to perform in newer, further venues than before. We've had a lot of experience over the last few years through supporting acts such as The Agonist, Cryptopsy, Beneath The Massacre, Threat Signal, The Catalyst, Crimson Shadows, Destruction, Warbringer, Vital Remains, Kill Devil Hill and a catalog of up and coming local acts. We've also taken part in a number competitions, most notably the Wacken Metal Battle finals in which we just narrowly missed an opportunity to perform at the infamous festival in Germany.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We have a signature sound that sits between a few different sub-genres of metal, giving us a broad audience range, as well as a quality product with an entertaining live performance. Our live performance is one of the most intriguing aspects of My Hollow, we have an engaging live show with a tight sound at the foundation. Our music is rooted in groove and propelled by progression giving the listener a sense of rhythm while also engaging the more impatient metal listener.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
The future plans for the band follow the same ethos that My Hollow has had since our inception. Write, record, release, perform, perform, perform. The lifeblood of a band is the creation of its music, without it a band is just rehearsing. Constantly trying to outdo yourself as a band and striving to be better technically as well as compositionally is what keeps us going as a band. If your new release doesn't quite stack up to your previous releases then the purpose of the band gets put into question.