Introducing Hollands :
by Tiffany Daniels
January 5th, 2014
Music is in this duo’s blood. Comprising John-Paul Norpoth, the son of a classical flautist, and his wife Jannina Norpoth, the daughter of Detroit’s jazz guitarist Spencer Barefield – the more traditional musical leanings of their parents barely hint at the melodic pop goodness of Hollands. Based in New York, the band’s debut album Restless Youth was quietly released at the end of last year, but it’s never too late to catch up with an act that quotes influences as diverse as Arcade Fireand Bob Dylan.
In truth, Hollands draw better comparison to fellow indie-poppers Tennis, The Flaming Lips at their most accessible, or even the West Coast fuzz of Port O’Brien. There’s also a timeless quality to lead track “Great White Shark” that suggests a thirst for songwriting perfection that will eventually lead to underground and cult dominance. Hollands make the kind of music you can play and play again until your heart’s content or your speakers wear thin, whichever happens first.
Despite being relatively unknown on the UK scene, Hollands have at least kicked up a fuss on the other side of the Atlantic – with decent press from Earmilk, All Music and Relix Magazine all under their belt. Restless Youth was released on 11th November 2014 through the band’s own label.
With confident cockeyed momentum, “Great White Shark” is a fun-house blend of thoughtful art pop and something bashier and more direct. A dignified violin break collides with a chugging, minimal rhythm section; articulate guitar lines locate clearings between earnest chunks of elusive lyrics; a basic verse melody repeats, with reappearing variations, while something resembling a chorus slips in once or twice; the song, while pushing five minutes, passes in something of a fever dream. Welcome to what has become of rock’n’roll in the mid-’10s, devolving and evolving simultaneously into whatever two people in Brooklyn (it’s almost always two people in Brooklyn) feeling like recording. Even when it isn’t quite like anything else you’ve heard it always manages to be at least a little like something else you’ve heard. This is fun and as it should be.
Anyway, I have listened to this song like a thousand times and I am left with two conflicting impressions: 1) its various complexities (in structure, nuance, texture, rhyme) continue to elude me; 2) its sturdy simplicity is grounded in the relentless recurrence of a basic three-note, ascending melody. And I am guessing that if I can train my brain to hold these two antithetical notions simultaneously, I may achieve some new level of enlightenment. Or, at least, would be better able to explicate a song named “Great White Shark” only, it seems, because the phrase slides quickly by in a lyric two-thirds of the way through the song.
Hollands is the married couple of John-Paul and Jannina Norpoth. John-Paul is the multi-instrumentalist, Jannina, classically trained, plays violin. Both are children of professional musicians. Among their favorite artists, according to the band’s Facebook page, are Igor Stravinsky, Frank Zappa, and Randy Newman—a mighty trio if ever there was. “Great White Shark” is a song from Restless Youth, their full-length debut, which was released last month. You can listen to the whole thing and buy it (vinyl is an option!) via Bandcamp. MP3 courtesy of Magnet Magazine.
Brooklynites John-Paul Norpoth and Jannina Norpoth make orch pop as Hollands. Having played around for a few years, Hollands released their string-laden debut album, Restless Youth, in November and fans of groups like Fanfarlo and Seabear should definitely check it out. It's streaming in full below.
Hollands will play Restless Youth start-to-finish onNew Year's Eve at Jack (505 1/2 Waverly Ave) in downtown Brooklyn with Aaron Roche, CAN-D andHey Guy on the bill as well. They'll be armed with a full string section and the show is timed to wrap up right as 2015 rings in. Flyer for the show is below...
23 October 2014
Multi-instrumentalist John-Paul Norpoth and violinist Jannina Norpoth have collaborated with a long list of diverse artists, including Daryl Hall, Akron/Family, Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Selah Sue, Black Dahlia Murder and Your 33 Black Angels. AsHOLLANDS, they have a new album, Restless Youth, coming out November 11, from which this excellent song is taken. So many influences come to bear on this track, it’s hard to encapsulate in just a few words, so why don’t we just shut up and let you decide for yourself, hmmm?
Hollands had a great show Friday supporting california road-dogs Gardens and Villa and Alex G at Lovin Cup in Rochester, NY
Hollands performed with Jim Robertson (Bass) and new fantastico addition Rodrigo Recabarren (drums).
Highlights included an exceptional cover of Gillian Welch's "Look at Ms Ohio" and new Restless Youth LP songs "Stoner Lawyer" and "Stem and the Chaser" .
Hollands closed out with "Air Conditioned Heart" / "Fuzz Crank" a strange impromptu group solo with Jannina and John-Paul honoring local Rochester madcap Hollowon Fuzz Pedals. "cranked"
See you soon Upstate New York!
Restless Youth - Hollands' new recording will be released Nov. 11, 2014.
The new album features 12 songs (CD/Digital) and 10 songs on Vinyl LP. Each Vinyl purchase includes a digital download for all 12 tracks.
stay tuned for more information!
Happy Summer 2014 to all hot NYrrrrrrsss,
Hollands had the luxury & pleasure to perform this past weekend at the BigApps Block Party Competition in Industry City, Brooklyn. Courtesy of BigAppsNYC, Hollands played two sets to scientific crowds munching down on sandwiches and Brooklyn Lager between ther team pitches and excellent competition. The presentation teams were cut down to 5 by end and the crowd chose another competitor/winner. (Think of this event as a Science/Tech/Computer/Phone/Technology Contest for development teams looking to improve urban challenges big and small)
If you need local news coverage gratification - look no further than NEWS 12 Brooklyn
Stay tuned for performance videos selected from the 2 sets. HOLLANDS wants to thank and express gratitude to the following people for giving so many hours in the way of time and interest to make live music thrive:
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER FOLKS. PICS BELOW
Holla-back HOLLANDS friendossss!
Stay tuned to hollandsss.com as things move forward. We will update often with these new and wild adventures.
Don't forget to share the Kickstarter with all your friends, house pets, and house plants. They can still donate to the KICKSTARTER until Tuesday, November 5th at 1:55am (EST).
Any donations beyond our Kickstarter funding goal of $6,500 will support more rewards and a fancy-pants music video.
Any more money will help with John-Paul's favorite Male fragrance, "Shake yer boot-e."
Above right is HOLLANDS' tribute to the late, great Lou Reed who recently passed away. HOLLANDS' love and support go out to fellow New Yorker and Long Islander Laurie Anderson and to all the great music and songs Lou Reed inspired in his adventures on Earth. Linger on in the stars LOU!
You can back HOLLANDS and receive fascinating incentives and rewards ranging from sweatshirts, t-shirts, and CD's, to artwork, lessons, concerts, and our new recording on VINYL!
All the information and our silly video are available here.
Hollands will be returning to Spike Hill in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on 4.18.13 - Thursdays are for lovers! Hollands is performing a laptop set at 10pm while Flutronix and It's Official round out the night! Stay tuned for more shows.
Hollands will return to Abilene in Rochester on Friday April 19th, 2013 at 8pm. Hollands first played Abilene as an acoustic quartet in Fall 2008, their first Rochester Show, period.
On Saturday, Hollands will bring their strange brand of orchestral pop to Record Archive in Rochester for Record Store Day! Please come by at 12pm for some great bands.
Following on the heels of all these great shows, Hollands will finish up their busy trip with a small Acoustic show to celebrate 4/20/13 at Lovin' Cup - Park Point, RIT @ 8pm. Yay!
Hope to see you sometime 'round the way soon,
Hollands will be working this month on a Kickstarter to fund the pressing and vinyl mastering of their Debut Full-Length recording "Reckless Youth."
Hollands thought they could get all the incentives done and planned with enough lead time for a FEb. 2013 Valentine's Day kick off but ALAS! so sorry - we will be one week late. So, as Hollands works their way across the country next weekend, their kickstarter will be in full swinging! weee!
Following a very successful performance in January 2013 at Lovin' Cup in Rochester with The Last Bison, Hollands will make a nice little run of shows in February to follow up - also taking some time to visit Detroit, Michigan - the birthplace of our wonderful violinist Jannina Barefield - Norpoth. In Detroit, Hollands will be playing Winterfest in Palmer Park - you can find information about this performance below on the beautiful flyer and be advised - rain or SHINE! People of Palmer Park Winter FEST baby! Saturday Feb. 23rd, in Detroit's Palmer Park - music from Brooklyn's H O L L A N D S
click this link
You can listen to Hollands' First live show broadcast from Pianos NYC on 12.21.12 with DJ Jezz Harkin - Breakthru Radio and Pianos did great work to bring Hollands concert experience to life! Thank You all
photos by Greg McMahon
T H A N K S all who came! and helped out!
Jezz talked to JP about the new Hollands recording, played a few tracks from the new release including "Always", "Great White Shark", "Stem and the Chaser", and an old song from the Mother EP, "Air Conditioned Heart".
Hollands promoted their upcoming show at Pianos (12.21.12) at 8pm, including a live recording for BTR, as well as the Kickstarter that should begin in February 2013.
click or paste the links above to see some topless John-Paul photos from the funky-ass summer of 2009!
Pete's Candy Store is a wonderful venue we love and cherish but alas, our topless antics and hard-partying ways made us too difficult to book and we can no longer get shows there. damn talent buyers! buy this ;(
Photo credit: Chris Becker via Flickr/Green Shoelace NYC
clunker@http://www.nuyorican.org/music.php - BUT scored a stunning Fender SF DL Reverb '75 - Thnx Jessie @http://www.jessiemontgomery.com
Tomorrow night (Thursday Nov. 29th, 2012) is the last Thursday Night Residence at Pianos NYC Upstairs -
H O L L A N D S has had great shows and will hopefully be continuing with some more performances in the Pianos showroom in the coming weeks/months.
You have no excuse!!!!
It's free yo!
H O L L A N D S @ 9pm
It's Official @ 8pm
Tom Fitzpatrick @ 7pm
Ludlow and Stanton - look for the Pianos Sign - adjacent to Living Room, Cake Shop,