Praised for their multi-faceted sound, HOLLANDS has been described as "provocative poetry sung over instrumentals laid out with such compositional intent." by Relix Magazine and "a is cherry mix of folk punk and free noise... breezy melodies and whimsical cuteness.." by Christopher Weingarten of the Village Voice. Fronted by multi-instrumentalist John-Paul Norpoth, the son of a classical flautist, and violinist Jannina Norpoth, daughter of Detroit based avant-garde jazz guitarist Spencer Barefield - the duo carries on the torch of family tradition combining fuzzy guitars with orchestral arrangements, electric violin and traditional folk nods.
HOLLANDS self-produced and co-engineered two EP’s, receiving enthusiastic media response and both breaking into the top 200 on CMJ College Radio charts. HOLLANDS recent LP debut Restless Youth was profiled by BBC as "pulsing indie pop that really puts a spring in your step ... mixing fun, folk, rock and elements of classical."
In 2013, HOLLANDS was recognized internationally as one of six top bands by the Banff Centre in Canada and completed a two-week artist residency at the Banff Centre working with Canada's DJ Champion. Past highlights include the NXNE Music Festival in Toronto, shows in support of Dean and Gene Ween, Christina Courtin, and Dean and Britta, as well as live radio performances Breakthru Radio Live @ Pianos NYC, Jezz Harkin's "Get in the Van," Pratt University's "The Rodent Hour," WICB Ithaca College Radio, and "Open Tunings" on WXXI in Rochester.
The duo has lent their skills to other artist’s musical aspirations as well. Recording credit's include collaborations with Daryl Hall, Akron Family, Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Selah Sue, Black Dahlia Murder and Your 33 Black Angels. Violinist, Jannina has performed on stage with countless acts such as My Brightest Diamond, DM Stith, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Pharrell, Foxy Brown, Alexi Murdoch, Anita Baker, Sheila E, Boyz II Men, Micheal McDonald and Amy Grant. She has appeared on VH-1's “Save the Music” and Saturday Night Live. Together, Jannina and John-Paul work recording and arranging strings for legendary producer Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis at Platinum Sound in New York City and have worked with artists including John Legend, Shaggy, and Amber Riley. The duo resides in Brooklyn with their 8 year old puggle Vegas.