23 May 2009, 20:10Many thanks to Ryan from, "A Shoreline Dream," for being kind enough to film this. Holler, Wild Rose! performs their title track, "Holler, Wild Rose!" at the Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn on May 16, 2009.
30 Mar 2009, 1:32Myspace Music Canada is featuring the video for Marylawn Hair by Holler, Wild Rose! on the front page of Myspace Music Canada this week. If you haven't had a chance to see the video yet - you can view it by clicking here: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=45700717
4 Dic 2008, 3:23
In celebration of the holiday season Holler, Wild Rose! offers their original Christmas song "Born in a Cave." With one foot in the simplicity and earthy roots of the Christmas story and another in the tradition of holiday songs reaching beyond the world at hand, the band has composed their own small ode to the inspirations of Christmas and the joy of the season.
And right now, for a limited time, thanks to Amazon.com and their 25 Days of FREE Christmas, you can download the song for FREE!
Just Click here and it's yours: http://www.amazon.com/Born-In-A-Cave/dp/B001LZ0Y9A/ref=dm_ap_trk13?ie=UTF8&qid=1228189064&sr=102-1
We hope you enjoy and the happiest of holidays to everyone!
8 Nov 2008, 15:01
The Rock & Roll Report - CD Review: Holler, Wild Rose! - Our Little Hymnal
It is sad that most of today’s recording artists are more concerned about being in someone’s iPod or MP3 player than they are about releasing a solid album. When most artists are concerned about selling tracks and not albums as a whole, it is always refreshing to find bands and artists that want to record the music they make for the sole enjoyment of making music and releasing an album, and not releasing a single here or there. One band that seems to want people to enjoy their music as a whole and not just as singles is “Holler, Wild Rose!”
The New Jersey band released their debut album for Backlight Records almost a year ago in 2007. That album, Our Little Hymnal, is exactly the type of album that music lovers is looking for: a great from beginning to end, not just a bunch of singles grouped together for the purpose of being sold off separately to fill a person’s iPod.
Having existed a while under the moniker of another name, Holler, Wild Rose! took their name from one of their song titles. The band opted for this moniker over their original name of “aDive”. When the band went into the studio to create their debut release, the members consisted of John Mosloskie (vocals/guitars/banjo/and more), Ryan Smyth (drums/percussion), Ryan Cheresnick (guitars), Scott Vangenderen (bass), Mike Ortega (keys/guitars/vocals), and Lou D’Elia (Guitars). When the band takes to the stage, the group alternates between 5 and 6 members.
The band’s release, Our Little Hymnal, is not only a great album; it’s one of those releases that should be played from beginning to end. Put the CD in your player, and just let the music envelope you. Some of the songs are great modern rock songs; some songs however, like Sun Vines, bring to mind visions of musicians like Donovan. In fact, Sun Vines could easily have been written during the “summer of love”.
One noticeable difference between Holler, Wild Rose!’s Our Little Hymnal and other releases by other bands that are around today is that Holler, Wild Rose! took the time to make the songs on the album fit together. Whether it is because the themes that run through the album, or because the songs blend together with the help of selahs (a biblical term that has to do with preparing the choir to raise their voices), most of the album segues from one song to another, something that helps keep the listener’s attention throughout the entire length of the CD.
Our Little Hymnal, the 2007 debut release from Holler, Wild Rose!, is 12 tracks of music that appear to have been written as a single album, and not as individual singles for downloading. With the use of sound effects and segues; the release is an effortless listening experience… and one hell of an album, all the way around.
30 Nov 2007, 1:41November 29, 2007
Mathieu Schreyer’s Top Ten Albums of 2007
Mathieu Schreyer, is the KCRW host of "On the Corner."
Top 10 Albums of 2007
1) Little Dragon - Little Dragon (Peacefrog)
2) Andy Bey - Ain't Necessarily So (12th Street Records)
3) Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur (Domino)
4) Various Artists - Colombia!: The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes (Soundway Records)
5) Trus'me - Working Nights (Fat City Recordings)
6) Waldeck - Ballroom Stories (Dope Noir Records)
7) Christian Prommer - Drumlesson, Vol. 1 (Sonar Kollektiv)
8) Cornelius - Sensuous (Everloving)
9) Holler, Wild Rose! - Our Little Hymnal (Backlight Records)
10) Nicole Willis and The Soul Investigators - Keep Reaching Up (Light in the Attic)
23 Oct 2007, 3:02
Our Little Hymnal by Holler, Wild Rose!!
"I don't recommend doing anything else -- such as reading, writing or dusting -- when listening to Our Little Hymnal...with a voice somehwere between Jim James, Thom Yorke and Jeff Buckley, lead vocalist and multi-instrumentatlist John Mosloskie leads this exceptional band through dramatic, melodica twists and turns that will keep you staring -- yes, staring -- at the speaker to catch what will happen next. Imagine if Explosions in the Sky had a lead vocalist, and your getting close."
-- Performing Songwriter Magazine, Nov/Dec 2007
29 Jul 2007, 1:09
24 Jul 2007, 15:10I received Our Little Hymnal by the band Holler, Wild Rose! in my mailbox on Friday and have been listening to it all weekend.
The first thing I noticed on this album was the vocals. Not that the music isn't good, because it really is, it's just that the singer isn't just throwing out a repetitive verse, but actually feeling and moving around the music. He ventures outside of the pattern and then reigns it back in. It's more of a loose style, building as the music builds, singing to the drums, throwing out staccato rythyms then holding notes and carrying them to lofty heights. He sounds like Richard Ashcroft on his low note, on his mid range whine a little like Thom Yorke, and when he really belts it out...Fyfe Dangerfield of the Guillemotts. The texture of the melodies follow in and around the song but never really repeat the same thing.
The album begins with a quick yell of "Holler!" and then jumps in a cascading wall of sound. This builds then drops off immediately followed by a reverberated vocal. It sounds like it could be underwater, there are even some ambient water-like sounds going on in the background. And these types of nuances are spread throughout the entire album, using space as much as they do noise. They give the nod to shoegaze, especially on songs like "Mary Lawn Hair" with undulating splashes of noise, layers and layers of fuzz, ethereal background vocals,synths and relentless cymbal clashing. However, the lead vocals remain clear throughout.
This music is always adding something, you can bury yourself in the mix discovering new sounds and instruments. On "Sun Vines" they start out with a great guitar melody, slightly jazzy, that dies off into a cycling guitar with a walky bass line. But the real gift in this song is when the vocals come in ("God I miss your suuunnn viiinesss") and offer something similar to what you would hear on a grizzly bear album, the echo of Brian Wilson. You can even hear a similar dancing piano line that could fit perfectly into many a beach boys song. I have also heard the same type of thing more recently in the music of The Brother Kite. The song goes on for almost 7 minutes bringing in some fluttery whistle parts as the song traverses. Our Little Hymnal has some long songs on it, even one clocking in over the 11 minute mark, but I wouldn't really criticize them for being too long, the timing just seems to fit for the longer songs and makes sense, I didn't find myself wondering when it was going to end. "Captive Train" rolls in slow with some cold war type "St John" soul minimalism, but picks up after the hand clap intro with an increasing beat and airy soaring guitars. I could go on but I am beginning to run out adjectives.
The overall depth of the album keeps one coming back for more to find new spaces within the songs. Our Hymnal will be released Spetember 18th hopefully followed by a tour through Baltimore.
23 May 2007, 14:58
by Sari Delmar
Lately, I’ve been talking a lot with those around me about passion. Is it necessary to find your one passion in life? Some people never do, and I am aware of this. So what are they doing? Just aimlessly drifting through life? It’s weird to think about. When I was on the phone with John from New Jersey’s indie-rock favourite’s Holler, Wild Rose! We got knee deep into this idea. He shared a story about how he found his passion for music.
John Mosloskie: I’ll paint a story for you.
Truth.Explosion: Awesome, go for it!
JM: So it was about five years ago. I was working outside and it was February.
TE: Where do you work?
JM: I clean up shopping centers basically. There’s a lot of them and I clean them, so it’s a janitorial job. I’ve been doing it for six years.
TE: Oh wow!…ok continue…
JM: So It was raining, really bone chilling cold rain and I’m cleaning this parking lot. My raincoat’s got all these holes and the soles of my boots as well, and I was just so soaked. That kind of soaked where your limbs are numb and I was just in a place. I was in a place in my life where I just quit this punk band I had been with throughout high school. Just out of high school and being a bass player in a punk band…I couldn’t really write music. I knew I was passionate about music and I just felt horrible because I was in this place in my life where I was unable to pursue my passion. I was just pretty much depressed. I didn’t go to college. I didn’t have much as far as prospects for the future. I was disbanded, depressed.
TE: Oh no, so then what?
JM: I’m just out there feeling dejected and thinking about all my inadequacies and shit. Then something happened that I didn’t expect. All of a sudden in one moment that was broken in me. All those insecurities just broke and left me. On the outside I was a soaked 18 year old kid and I looked up and just felt relieved. Like I just saw things differently, it was like all my doors were shut and then I realized I just needed that moment and I realized all the joy that was waiting for me in life. And then I started Holler, that’s what started it.
TE: So you were the one to start the band?
JM: Yep. About a year and a half after that moment we got started. I always made music with Ryan and then we picked up Ryan, our guitarist, and about May of 2003 we were Holler, Wild Rose!
TE: So it sparked from this moment in the rain? How so?
JM: Yea that moment acted as a personal milestone for me. A lot of things in my life at that time became the songs, the ones. It wasn’t this big instant and it wasn’t all automatic, life’s not like that, but since then I could see the joy that’s made my life more worthwhile. I found the music in the rain and all these ideas from there.
TE: Do you think everyone has this moment of clarity some point in their life?
JM: I don’t know. I feel almost like… No. It’s sort of a shift in thinking, but it wasn’t. It was something special because it was me, but just the way that people reacted to the music kind of confirmed that that was a special moment, later. We’ve played shows where people come up to us after and tell us “I just broke down and cried” and that’s just so… humbling because that’s just the outpouring of our spirits, and they can actually feel it too and be inspired. It’s this whole theme that we want to put out there that when we are playing and singing what we are inspired by is the idea of a joy beyond circumstance. Just the idea that whatever is going on in your life the downtrodden ness, the depression, there’s something deeper than that, there’s still somewhere to find joy and that’s the bedrock of why we play. It’s really the cause and the effect.
TE: Wow, cool. So you’re outside, were you ready for it? How did you feel?
JM: I had no clue it was going to come and in an instant I just looked up and started laughing. I felt as if a weight was lifted off my shoulder. I got the idea for the song “Mercy Beat” then. The metaphor for the rain, the rhythm of the rain is the rhythm of life. We can become so bogged down and numb to the rhythm and caught up in the mundane-ities in life. It was in that moment I saw the big picture. Totally unexpected.
TE: Do you think it was just the time in your life you needed a change? Like you had to feel that depression of not being able to do what you want to in life, to put you in a place where you’re ready to have this realization and start fresh with a new outlook?
JM: Yea, I think I had to be in some valley to be able to look up and see the higher ground. It’s weird. I was thinking about this last week. Just that the privileges we have growing up in western society. We grow up in America, middle class, and how much hardships we endure, like socio economical pressures. There’s so much that we don’t feel that the rest of the world feels, so I was thinking why are we so emotionally distraught? We’re medicated, we’ve got therapies so why is it that we can’t cope and I think it’s because we don’t endure enough hardships that when we do face those circumstances we aren’t prepared to react. So yea, I don’t think I could have seen the joy of that moment if I wasn’t in that state of mind.
TE: So you were down because you weren't making music and such, but what about people who never find out what they really love in their life? How do you feel about those kinds of people who just aimlessly work jobs and never really find their passion?
JM: That’s why I feel like we’re sort of blessed in a way to be those people who know what we’re passionate about and what to pursue. It gives us the advantage to plan and sing about what we know so that maybe those people can come out and see us and we can evoke something in them, stir something in them. At least they will get a glimpse.
TE: I’d say in school kids aren’t really taught to follow their passion, more so what you’re good at and what will make you money. Some people get stuck in these jobs and life’s they totally don’t enjoy because really, they don’t know better. What would you say to those kids who kind of just feel they have to follow a path?
JM: I don’t know. I think if you’re doing what benefits you financially or what gives you some semblance of what society says, it’s just short changing yourself. How can you ever really know yourself if you never took a chance?
TE: For sure. So even though now you’re making music and satisfied with your lives, you’re still working a janitorial job during the day and at this independent stage it’s got to be really hard work to keep this side of your life functioning…
JM: Yea, it’s definitely lots of work. Each of the band members has a different job and we’re all just hoping that it takes off. We believe in what we’re saying and what the music makes us feel so we’re willing to work hard to make it happen. Hopefully with the new album and us playing shows, coming down to Toronto next weekend, we will be able to spread the word about what we’re really all about.
TE: Awesome. So what is the “truth” about Holler, Wild Rose?
JM: The truth about Holler, Wild Rose’s music is….. I’ll give you a limerick.
TE: Ok sweet!
JM: Holler, wild rose is a wild rose and all the world shall see, that the holler kind of a wild rose set a train full of captives free.
27 Dic 2006, 16:36Other Songs and Dances Vol. 1
The idea behind this compilation put forth by Backlight Records is a little more than simply a mix of great songs. The artists featured on the album, some well-known and some rather obscure, are given the chance to break from the mold or type of music they are known, or used, to writing and try something new and innovative, something that may not have fit their regular collection of writing.
That being said, listening to this album (yes, it is more like a cohesive album than a mix CD compilation) is like stepping into a secret garden. It’s like opening a book to find another chapter that you never knew existed, and as you read you realize it’s simplistic beauty and this new garden or chapter grows to become your escape from your usual self. This is the effect such a solemn and emotive group of songs put forth by some extremely diverse and talented soft rock folk indie artists has on a person. Not to mention, the way they flow effortlessly from track to track with consistent energy. Other Songs and Dances Vol.1 is no small feat!
Opening with the sweeping piano ballad, “Better Days” by Jeff Dueck which leads us to “A Purple Trail” by Grammy nominated songsmith, Duncan Sheik, the album is off to a undeniably depressing start. But if you know music, you know sad songs are the most beautiful creatures when done right, and those two tracks are perfect examples of the formula attacked impressively. Adding diversity, yet while playing in cohesively, Vesper add a vocally enlightening and dark illuminating cut, “Saigon Grill with Kid” that is an indie-rock masterpiece with a Death Cab for Cutie melody line with folksy dance elements. The album is escalating in tempo confirming that what started out sounding like a soundtrack to your afternoon nap, was nothing more than a false first impression.
Later on in the disc you come across an ambient indie gem, “Victory Shine” by Holler, Wild Rose!, with it’s seducing instrumental elements and barely there vocal approach. The drum work in this song is inspiring and it’s refreshing to see a song where the vocals are not the main focus, as is the case for songs on this album. Fans of Broken Social Scene or TV on the Radio would appreciate such artful composition. “The Absentee” by Matt Hopper is an intelligent experimental mellow track that only adds to the eloquent soundscapes and expansive quality this album, as a whole, has to offer. The album comes to a close with another emotional piano track (this time with no vocals), “Michael Remembers”, by Jeff Dueck.
Without a dull moment, Backlight Records have managed to bring together twelve equally brilliant songs from eleven diverse and extremely talented artists. The end result being a magical journey for a music listener with a seasoned ear and the perfect gift for a top 40 radio junkie looking for more, looking for an escape from the endless monotony and looking to discover a whole new musical world of inspiration to life.
Other Songs and Dances Vol. 1