Hollie’s second album ‘Twice’, released on 12th May 2014 on Mr Bongo. Hollie Cook was born and bred in West London, in a household dominated by music. She gravitated to the sounds of Marc Bolan, David Bowie and The Cure. With Sex Pistols’ Paul Cook as her dad, music was always around. Hollie left school and joined the re-formed Slits and performed on their 2006 EP Revenge of the Killer Slits. She went on to join the band on a six week US tour. Hollie was now an official Slit – Ari referred to her as the ‘second singer’ – so when it came to record a new Slits album in L.A., Hollie’s vocals, keyboards and even her song Cry all featured. She went on to collaborate with Ian Brown and Jamie T, before starting to work with our very own Mike “Prince Fatty” Pelanconi. Hollie’s passion for reggae singers Janet Kay and Phyllis Dillon combined with classic 60s girl groups formed the basis for her new solo work of self-coined ‘tropical pop’. The two locked themselves in the studio to record her self-titled debut album, released on Mr Bongo in the summer of 2011, followed by a dub version in 2012. Work has also begun on Hollie’s next solo album scheduled for early 2013. Hollie has appeared on Later… with Jools Holland, supported The Stone Roses at their Heaton Park shows in Manchester.
The Barr Brothers
Brothers Andrew and Brad Barr had spent most of the 90s criss-crossing North America, playing music with their spirited, improv-based rock trio, The Slip. In the spring of 2004, the band was playing a small club in Montreal, QC when a fire broke out in the venue. They grabbed a few guitars/drums and rushed out onto the rainy street with the rest of the concert goers. As the club's mezzanine was swallowed by flames, Andrew offered his coat to one of the waitresses from the bar. One year later, Brad and Andrew Barr were living in Montreal. That waitress is now one of their managers.
In his first apartment in the new city, Brad shared an adjoining wall with Sarah Page, a classically trained harpist from Montreal, whose melodies would seep through the cracks of the wall and into the music Brad was writing. From this nebulous relationship, a friendship developed and the brothers, with Sarah, began recording and performing around Montreal. Soon, their friend and multi-instrumentalist Andres Vial was brought in to lend his wide array of expertise to the outfit, playing keyboards, bass, vibes, percussion, and singing. They called themselves The Barr Brothers.