Few bands work as hard as Hollerado. That’s no slight on anyone – but the boys from Ottawa don’t know how to take a break. On April 19th, they pulled double duty – in the afternoon, they threw out the first pitch at the Blue Jays game; at night, they headlined the INDIES and filled the Phoenix Concert Theatre with confetti. It’s not that we want to say they stole the show, but… they stole the show.
We were lucky that Hollerado invited us along to hangout with them that day, and luckier still that photographer Ryan Faist caught it all on camera. Whether it’s Jake and Menno taking out the trash at the band’s Royal Mountain studio or Dean tossing a fastball at the Rogers Centre, we were there. Faist captured giddy car rides, soundchecks, casual games of catch, and backstage, pre-show rituals.
Check out the band’s Blue Jay experience up top. Below, a little walkthrough of their more traditional #bandlife.
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Housekeeping at Royal Mountain
Nixon: "[The Royal Mountain Space is] a bit of everything! We do all our writing there, all our art projects, and all our super serious label work too! And we set off fireworks in the back parking lot every so often, to the extreme disappointment of our neighbours."
Loading in for soundcheck
Nixon tunes up
All bandaged up
Nixon: "I was biking in the rain, cornering over some streetcar tracks when my bike lost traction and flew out from under me. I skidded about 30 feet on the pavement and after I bolted up and out of the intersection to avoid getting hit by traffic I realized I had a huge gash on my hand. I needed 8 stitches, and got them out the day before these pictures were taken, just in time to play."
Time to settle on a setlist
When you don't have paper... improvise.
Menno: "We never used to have [a pre-show ritual], but recently we started to get together and tell each other to have fun because that is why we are doing this. Sometimes we say 'wooooo.'"
The crowd goes wild!
Two guitars are better than one
Hollerado's confetti budget must be huge!
Menno: "We try not to think about that!"
Jake Boyd, drummer
Yeah, playing a show looks exhausting.