Jimmy O'Keefe - Vox, Guitar
Trevor Shipley - Guitar, Keys, Vox
Rich Kolm - Bass, Vox
Mike Hall - Drums
Hollywood Blanks is an Experimental Rock Band from Baltimore, Maryland. Angry, unconventional and expressive lyrics are belted over an undulating rhythmic core of drums, cowboy chords and highly effected bass, while howling organs and guitars swirl eerily around the remaining frequencies. These elements rise and fall together to create liberating moments of intensity.
The Blanks provide a sort of "rock through the ages" as they mix elements of folk, grunge, punk, metal, outlaw country, psych-rock, blues and soul. Instead of contradicting each other, they are able to combine these elements to create a powerful cathartic concoction that is a distinct and satisfying take on Progressive/Art Rock.
I can't tell you how many times a day I check the stats of videos I've posted to YouTube, or my "Spotify for Artists" account. I'm the cocaine variable in a lab experiment. I keep pushing the lever, hoping to get some form of imagined validation based on a narrative about Social Media success. What's worse, both "Spotify for Artists" and YouTube have a feature that allows me to compare my success to the success of other musicians. How's that for promoting a creative community? Ultimately, I've become a commodity, and my dissatisfaction is the currency that is bartered by these monopolies of music.
The "fuck it" philosophy:
The "fuck it" philosophy embraces the idea that you should stop trying to make music that is "on trend" and just do what feels good. Stop trying to chase some amorphous definition of cultural success that is ill-defined and ever-shifting. The power of the "fuck it" philosophy comes when the musician realizes that the freedom to create what you want is more valuable than anything else. Worrying about the attention you gain from what you create only clouds your creative vision. You must accept that you may never find an audience for what you have created, but a worse sin would be to let self-doubt prevent you from creating something in the first place.