Hollis Brown

Hollis Brown

Jason Sinay

Thu, July 13, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Saint Rocke

Hermosa Beach, CA


This event is 21 and over

This is a General Admission ticket. It does not guarantee seating.

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Hollis Brown
Hollis Brown
Hollis Brown is an American Rock 'n' Roll band. Named after a Bob Dylan song ("The Ballad of Hollis Brown"), the band was formed by Queens-natives and songwriters Mike Montali (lead vocals/guitar) and Jonathan Bonilla (lead guitar). Both 2nd-generation immigrants (Italian- American and Puerto Rican-American, respectively), they soon found their musical brethren across America, recruiting Andrew Zehnal (drums) from Cleveland, Adam Bock (keyboard/vocals) from St. Louis, and Scott Thompson (bass) from Boston.
Hollis Brown's latest vinyl EP, Cluster of Pearls (Alive Naturalsound Records), was chosen as one of the 300 select releases throughout the world for Record Store Day 2016. Pressed on Starburst Vinyl, the record is limited to 800 copies and features four previously unreleased tracks and two songs released on vinyl for the first time. Cluster of Pearls follows up the 2015 release of Hollis Brown's third album 3 Shots (Jullian Records/RED), featuring the Bo Diddley collaboration "Rain Dance," and the duet "Highway 1" with acclaimed alt-country songstress Nikki Lane. The edgy, roots-rock indie band from Queens, NY, known for its adrenaline fueled performances, recently wrapped 40+ amphitheater shows across America supporting Counting Crows and Citizen Cope last Summer/Fall, followed by a month-long headline tour in the UK and Europe.
The independent act has achieved a significant amount of success since their formation in 2009. They released their debut album Ride On The Train on Alive Naturalsound in 2013 (produced by Adam Landry), garnering song and video premieres from Rolling Stone, Paste, and American Songwriter, along with music placements on Direct TV's "Kingdom," Showtime's "Shameless," MTV's "Real World," and the
Willem Dafoe/Matt Dillon film "Bad Country". Following a Lou Reed tribute concert in NYC, Alive Naturalsound asked the band to record a tribute to the Velvet Underground's classic album Loaded, as a limited- edition vinyl release for Record Store Day 2014. Hollis Brown Gets Loaded took on a life of its own, with airplay on influential
radio stations, resulting in a full CD & digital release.
The band has toured extensively in America and Europe, headlining and supporting such bands as The Zombies, Jackie Greene, Heartless Bastards, Rich Robinson of Black Crowes, and Jesse Malin, and building an impressive fan base on both continents.
Jason Sinay
Jason Sinay
Singer-songwriter Jason Sinay leads two lives. In one life, he’s a respected studio guitarist. Sinay has worked with legends such as Neil Diamond, Jerry Lee Lewis, Toots And The Maytals, and produced many notable TV spots, most recently a steamy Super Bowl ad featuring Adriana Lima. In his other life, Sinay enthusiastically leads a virtuosic Americana band with a deeply engaged fanbase. The recently released Ape & The Wall Of Questions, the band’s sophomore release, is the LA-based quintet’s most definitive studio statement. It captures that elusive jam-band ideal of live fluidity documented with pristine-but-vibe-
y production; in short, it’s lightning in a bottle.

Jason Sinay & Ape have been favorably compared to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (whose ace guitarist, Mike Campbell, Sinay gigs with in The Dirty Knobs), the Grateful Dead, and Mark Knopfler. The quintet features Jason Sinay guitar/vocals and the seasoned talents of Bruce Watson guitar (Elton John, Rod Stewart, Foreigner), Phil Parlapiano keys (Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Grant Lee Buffalo), Rick Rosas bass (Neil Young, Joe Walsh, Buffalo Springfield), and Phil Jones drums (Tom Petty, Cracker, Waddy Wachtel Band). The band is a songs-first type of jam band, where flights of stratospheric virtuosity are contextualized by durable and well-crafted folk, soul, and blues-based compositions. The band’s limber improvisations, ranging from sublime minimalism to soaring outpourings, have captivated a highly devoted fanbase. “Last time we played, a girl flew in from Seattle,” Sinay says with excitement. Recently, the band launched a very successful facebook campaign where those with upcoming birthdays could request songs for future gigs. “It was unbelievable how engaged and excited people were. I realized at that moment the crowd was there in our corner,” Sinay says.

“The way I describe the band to people is ‘it’s like I’m in eleventh grade again and I’m happy to play in front of four people,’” he enthuses.

That’s a bold statement from such a sought-after career guitarist. Jason Sinay literally grew up in recording studios. His uncle ran a jingle company servicing consumer giants like McDonald’s and Mattel Toys. He started hanging around the studio when he was 8, and during high school he was a gofer. “My first session was for Pac Man Cereal. I remember saying, ‘I hear a bass part here,’ and my uncle had me play it. He was excited he didn’t have to pay me,” Sinay laughs. “I got to play with LA’s best musicians.”

Sinay attended Berklee College Of Music and then moved back to LA to pursue the studio scene. Parallel to this, he co-founded the alternative pop group Five Easy Pieces who released a self-titled debut in 1998 on MCA. Esteemed producer Don Smith (Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Tom Petty) presided over that band’s recording, and it was during these sessions Sinay had a transformative moment. “I’ve wanted to do a solo record forever, but ended up in other people’s bands just being the guitar player. During the Five Easy Pieces recording, I wasn’t really a singer or a songwriter, but when I sat down with Don and played him 3 of my songs, he said ‘I want to produce this.’ Then things became very real.” The two worked for 7 years on Sinay’s solo debut with a revolving cast of studio musicians. The ensuing album, Ape, was picked up by Kevin Eggers and signed to Tomato Records (Townes Van Zant’s label home).

Ape & The Wall Of Questions is a band-oriented in-the-moment album. Tracked at the famed Sound City Studios in LA—since shutdown, but highly regarded for landmark recordings by such diverse artists as Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, among many others—it captures some of Los Angeles’s finest musicians at the peak of nuanced, real-time band interplay. Martin Pradler (Don Smith’s right hand man) produced the album, and it has a studio-as-additional-acoustic-instrument ambience rarely heard in this tracked-in-a-shoebox ProTools era. It’s a living and breathing recording.

The album opens with a graceful version of the Grateful Dead staple “Jack-a-Roe,” a showcase for Sinay’s tenderly plaintive vocals and the supple, spiraling blues-guitar weaving of duo Sinay and Bruce Watson. The hauntingly beautiful original, “The Carney,” has a psychedelic folk flavor anchored by richly defined melodicism and tasteful ornamentation. “That was inspired by the HBO show Carnivàle about a traveling carnival in the 1930s. I was taken by the show’s dark and weird imagery. It’s about the dark part of myself, and the savior of music—it pulls you out of that dark side... or pulls you in,” Sinay says with a laugh. Another highlight is the quaintly soulful “I’ll Bring You Diamonds” which opens with a stunning teardrop guitar solo but later climaxes with a grand, Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb”-esque tour de force with epic emotional virtuosity.

It’s refreshing to feel youthful enthusiasm from such a distinguished vet. Jason Sinay was the guitarist in soul legend Ivan Neville’s touring band. Currently, he’s America’s Got Talent/Epic Records recording artist Michael Grimm’s guitarist. He played on Tift Merritt’s Grammy Award-nominated George Drakroulias-
produced album Tambourine. Sinay has also had the rare honor to play with most of his inspirations, Keith Richards, Neil Young, Kris Kristofferson, and Tom Petty’s legendary guitarist, Mike Campbell. For over a decade now, Sinay has played with Campbell in the roots rock all-stars The Dirty Knobs. Sinay also played on Neil Diamond’s career-reviving 12 Songs, produced by Rick Rubin, and he played on Jerry Lee Lewis’ late-career masterpiece, Mean Old Man. Despite his impressive career which, in the past, afforded him endless studio time, Ape & The Wall Of Questions was recorded in a fevered week of compacted inspiration but remains a true creative highlight for Jason.

“We set up on that first day of tracking at Sound City—over the years, I’ve done some great records in that room—and an engineer came up to me and said ‘I see bands come in here all the time and they have no idea how good they have it, and you you’re jumping up and down, but you grew up in a recording studio!’,” Jason says before concluding, “This is completely like starting over. It’s fresh and new to me, and I just have a lot of energy around it.”
Venue Information:
Saint Rocke
142 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA, 90254