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.
We put a man on the moon
Gave a rat cocaine
And quickly discovered
That replacing pain
Was more profound
Than anything else -
Because who needs a trophy
When you have a cage to yourself?