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. MAY 2010
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Mars Hollow is a new band, hailing from Southern California’s, USA, classically influenced by some progressive rock monsters from the past, and preserving today, the pure musical tradition created in the seventies. For those progressive lovers who are looking for something different, look no further! Mars Hollow can offer you everything you want to listen, a mix of some styles such as Symphonic Progressive Rock, Prog Metal, Neo-Progressive and Melodic Rock, the main styles which usually compose some well-renowned bands. Formed by four musicians, the band created a superior instrumental music, which strengthens the melodic depth of the group. The drummer performs a vibrant rhythm in the drums in the background, while dominant guitar's solos floats around symphonic arrangements, together with a sound collection of Hammond organ, Mellotron and synths very well combined with the bass. I also would like to highlight special mention to the Lead singer/ guitarist John Baker who has a beautifully and pure vocal tone, that fits perfectly into the arrangements, giving a special effect on melody. This is an album full of amazing themes, developed through long tracks, a vibrant symphonic music with intense emotion that captivates the listener from the opening track until the last song, providing an entrancing experience. The music on the album contains many sections where arrangements are very well elaborated throughout the symphonic spectrum,  that in my opinion, is a pure musical delight, deserving a special attention from all prog rock fans. The music from the band, follows in the same style such as the bands "Star Castle", "Yes", "Triumvirat", "Emerson, Lake & Palmer", "Like Wendy", "Genesis", "Styx" and "Saga". In fact, Mars Hollow is a must listen for anyone who pines for a vibrant progressive rock, with a rich instrumental and a technical innovative skill. Brilliant, fantastic, and an amazing album and band, highly recommendable...

The line-up on Mars John Baker - Guitar and Lead Vocals
Kerry Chicoine - Bass and Lead Vocals
Jerry Beller - Drums and Vocals
Steve Mauk - Keyboards and Vocals

MARS HOLLOW

Mars Hollow are based out of Southern California’s musically fertile San Fernando Valley, where some of rock’s classic albums have been recorded. Comprised of four veteran musicians – John Baker (vocals/guitar), Jerry Beller (drums/vocals), Kerry Chicoine (bass/vocals) and Steve Mauk (keyboards/vocals) – Mars Hollow blend their unique individual musical voices into one captivating whole.

Mars Hollow take the foundation of ‘70’s progressive rock – classical-based song structures combined with melodic pop and rock sensibilities – and update this classic formula for the new millennium. Seamlessly blending unexpected instrumental passages with traditional progressive, pop and rock motifs, Mars Hollow strive for songwriting balance sprinkled with the left-turns necessary to keep the music challenging and moving. In other words, it’s all about the song.

Mars Hollow’s self-titled debut album is a rich tapestry of influences, combining matchless musicianship with infectious pop hooks and hard-driving progressive rock sensibilities. The CD was produced, mixed and mastered by "King Crimson" associate Ronan Chris Murphy. Ronan has also been involved with such artists as "Terry Bozzio", "Steve Morse", "Tony Levin", "Steve Stevens", "Mike Keneally", the "California Guitar Trio", and "Nels Cline".

"We're very happy to be on the 10T Records roster," says Mars Hollow bassist/songwriter Kerry Chicoine, "and, considering the caliber of the artists they've signed in the past, we're very flattered as well. We're looking forward to a positive and fulfilling relationship with 10T Records." 

"There are some bands that have that unique ability to instantly captivate the ear and dominate your attention," says 10T Records president, Steve Carroll. "Mars Hollow was able to accomplish that feat within the first track of their debut CD and then hold onto it throughout. We are genuinely excited to be able to bring this music to a larger audience."

New Release

"Mars Hollow"

01) Wait For Me
02) Midnight
03) Eureka
04) If I Were You
05) In Your Hands
06) Wild Animal
07) Dawn Of Creation

Produced by Ronan Chris Murphy. Co-Produced by John Baker and Mars Hollow.Recorded at Veneto West and Studio Zero March-September 2009. For further information contact Steve Carroll and 10T Records. To get in contact or, If you would like any other information about the band, you must visit Mars Hollow at MySpace.

For more information and every thing about the musicians and band, please visit MARS HOLLOW HOME PAGEN
 
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