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“Sometimes you just hate life”, explains Hollow Legs’ frontman Dan Saxon. “Nothing seems to make any sense anymore and things don’t seem to go your way. You wake up in the middle of the night, still drunk, almost fall down the stairs then fully boot your toe into the door frame and think ‘fuck it! I’m gonna start a band’.”

Hailing from the former mining/port town of Blyth, Northumberland, Hollow Legs formed at the tail end of 2017 following a chance encounter at a trampoline convention. Friends for over 15 years, Saxon explains “I can’t believe we’d been keeping our love of the bounce secret all this time. When we bumped into each other in the queue for name badges we just burst into tears, group hugged and that was that, Hollow Legs was born.”

From its opening feedback, rumbling bass line and urgent drums, Hollow Legs’ debut single Sands bursts into life with crunching guitars and infectious vocal melodies. It’s a no-nonsense three and a half minute blast of garage tinged rock, reminiscent of early QOTSA, but without the drugs. The hooks may be simple, but they will bury into you like the earworms they are, rattling around your head for long after.
“Sands is about that feeling of existential dread everyone gets from time to time,” says Saxon. “It’s like a lost hangover day where you can’t put your finger on what’s wrong, then you find yourself crying during The Matrix.

“The way the industry has gone over the last decade or so has meant that recorded music is kind of acting as an advert for your band. You’re never going to make a living from selling tunes unless you are Ed Sheeran or Taylor Swift, but you may be able to get people to brave the British weather and come and check you out. We love playing live, that’s where it’s at for us. We just hope people dig what we’re doing and fancy coming to see us.”

Hollow Legs play The Tavern, Blyth on Sunday 29th April with Mechanical Mouse Organ, and support Haggard Cat at Little Buildings on Thursday 3rd May.

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