Southampton metalcore starlets Our Hollow Our Home have been gaining a whole load of traction in the UK with their combination of brutality and melody and are gearing up for their second annual Holloween all-dayer. The band have just released their highly anticipated second album In Moment // In Memory to rave reviews. We asked Our Hollow Our Home to take on our A-Z challenge so we can find out more.
A song that made you want to make music?
Toby (guitar/vocals):“Deadbolt” by Thrice, the first “post-hardcore” song I ever heard and completely changed my world!
Best rider you’ve had?
Josh (guitar):Would be between the Dynamo in Eindhoven or when we supported Asking Alexandria in Poland. The riders were intense.
Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band?
Connor (vocals): Breaking down on tour last summer for like 4 days in a town in Austria was pretty crazy bad so that’s gotta be up there, but this year we got to share the stage with Underoath at Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium, and I briefly got to chat with Aaron their drummer which was pretty surreal. They’ve been a band I’ve looked up to since I was like 13 so to get to thank him personally for those songs was crazy.
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
Toby: “Sit with me for a little while, and don’t be nervous, cos I am not afraid of death” – “Father & Ghost” from the album “IN MOMENT // IN MEMORY”
Easiest song you wrote?
Toby: “Lieoness” from the album “HARTSICK”, from intro to outro probably the quickest I’ve ever completed a track.
Favourite song in your set?
Connor: I’d say as it stands, the favourite for me to play is probably Feast for the Crows. The reaction that this particularly aggressive/ heavy track gets from our fans always gives me a second wind and is very cathartic to perform. You just forget everything else and focus on the song!
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
Toby: Charlie Simpson – Fightstar, would be a dream come true, the man is one of my favourite vocalists of all time.
The hardest thing about being in a band?
Bobby (bass): is dealing with the stressful times and personal space that you don’t get on tour. It’d difficult to get your own headspace and it drives you a little mad from time to time. But we for sure wouldn’t change it for the world!
Interesting fact about one of your member?
Nick (drums):We all have one interesting thing about us! Nick is self-employed running a studio, Toby collects and paints Warhammer models really well, Bobby is currently writing a novel, Connor has his own side trap project and Josh is a DJ at different nightclubs around the south!
Jokes you have in the band?
Nick:Screeching at the top of our lungs for no apparent reason, or doing an olive. Just ask Landmvrks what it means…
Key to writing a song?
Toby: That’s a tricky one, just being honest with yourself and as cliché, as it sounds, write from the heart.
Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?
Josh: Straight up, Poland after going to the metal hammer awards. Strong words were had on that drive…
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
Toby: Chris Turner, the drummer/machine from our friends “Oceans Ate Alaska”. I have never met anyone so talented in my life. Props to you dude!
New band you’d recommend?
Connor:One new band I personally can’t stop jamming is a group called Self Worth from London. They currently have two tracks out both with visuals and on most streaming sites, and I couldn’t recommend them more highly. Prepare for an emotional ride!
Opening for this band would be ideal?
Toby: Parkway Drive would be amazing… maybe they’d lend us some pyro? Please….?
Place you’d most like to tour?
Josh:Japan without a doubt. Always wanted to go there, it looks mental, and I know we would just have the best time
Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?
Nick: “It is when you are at your worst that you are in the middle of progress, so power on through”
Reason for the title of your forthcoming release?
Toby: It perfectly sums up the journey taken in creating the record, as well as the journey you take when you listen to it.
See us live at?
Bobby: Holloween 2018 at The 1865, Southampton on the 27th October or on our UK/EU run with Glamour of the Kill in November!
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Toby: Yes and no, we listen to a lot of timeless records whilst on the road, but there are some amazing new bands coming through all the time!
Bobby: Our most unusual merchandise has to be OHOH Hartsick mugs. #mugsick
Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?
Nick: An ambient version of any song, the ability to create atmospheric sounds with just a guitar is incredible work from Toby
What do your fans mean to you?
Connor: Our fans honestly are what drive us and hold us together a lot of the time. Being an independent band with a small team including ourselves that work on everything/anything OHOH related to make it happen can be tough, but the unwavering support from our street team (TEAM OHOH) and the countless fans that have reached out from across the globe are what makes every bit of hard work & sacrifice worth it.
X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?
Bobby: Toby underwent numerous scans and physio sessions following his knee dislocation at our recent Bridgwater, Cobblestones show.
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Nick: Josh is hands down the person who wakes up late…but Connor is the guy to say “sorry boys I didn’t realise the time we had to be there.
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?
Connor: Probably penguins. We squabble a lot (like all good friends do), we all kinda dress similar and I guess after two or three weeks of tour those long drives start to get to you and we walk like them too? Haha no I think Penguin is a good shout because there’s so many different sub-species of that animal, all looking a little different from the next, but not necessarily breaking the mould… That’s us in terms of music! We aren’t pushing any boundaries with our music, but we enjoy creating and playing it, and who doesn’t love penguins?!