Somehow Hollow – Busted Wings & Rusted Halos

Somehow Hollow
Busted Wings & Rusted Halos

Formed in the aftermath of Grade, Somehow Hollow presents a more radio-friendly sound. All four members have at one point played in the melodic punkcore machine known as Grade, but their friendship goes back way before that project, and they had in fact, been in a band before Grade broke up. But now this Ontario foursome has moved on and has released their sophomore album on Victory Records.
I wonder, is Victory going soft? I mean, they recently picked up Dead to Fall and Atreyu, but they also have the Snowdogs and now Somehow Hollow. Don’t get me wrong, I authentically like this album, as it is chockful of lovable vocal melodies and down-to-earth lyrics.
Busted Wings & Rusted Halos starts off with “Kamloops,” which features some wonderful guitar harmonies in the middle of the stereotypical punk power chord progression. If you’re expecting the raspy yells of Grade, you’re not going to find them. The vocals on this album are a straight-forward pop-punk singing voice, reminiscent of the Pennyroyals. There’s enough musical variety on this album to keep the listener entertained. Surprisingly enough, it sounds like this band knows more than three chords. And although they may not play anything that stands out and mind-blowingly original, they don’t completely suck, which is a nice change of pace for this genre of watered-down music.
While Grade had some aggression in the vocals and the music and everything else, Somehow Hollow is 100 percent melody and is the quintessential example of pretty punk rock. Songs like “The Witch of Glen Cedar Grove” and “How Winter Killed Our Souls” stand out because of the guitar work. This band is so damn catchy you can’t help but tap your foot and whistle along. It is unfortunate, however, that there is little dynamic contrast on the album, with a single volume the whole way through the album.
Somehow Hollow isn’t original nor great, but they’re good enough to like, and they’re good enough to say that ex-members of Grade still know what’s up with the world of underground rock.