Bob here with Zoiks! Online and I just wanted to take a few minutes to congratulate Three Years Hollow for signing with Imagen Records. The future of rock n roll is sitting on the Imagen roster: Candlelight Red, Namesake and now Three Years Hollow. The guys in Three Years Hollow did it the right way. They worked their asses off; they networked with other bands and most importantly were patient. Through that hard work and networking they met Sevendust’s Clint Lowery and their world started to change.
In early 2012 Jose Urquiza and Tony Reeves were sitting in my basement podcasting. That particular podcast featured an interview I did with Clint Lowery of Sevendust. We spent most of the podcast talking about our love for Sevendust and wondering why they weren’t as big as the bands they came up with like Korn, Godsmack and Disturbed. These guys were genuine fans who happened to play music in a band called Three Years Hollow.
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At that point the boys in Three Years Hollow had released their music video for "Chemical Ride" and were preparing the release of their EP "Remember." Little did they know in a matter of months Clint Lowery would be paying them a visit. Then shortly after that they won the Tinley Park portion of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands contest for a spot on the Tinley Park IL stop of the Uproar Festival.
It was really cool to stand on the sidelines and watch as friends of ours started seeing the results of their hard work. In early 2013 they went on tour with Eye Empire, and then hopped on a leg of the Sevendust Lacuna Coil tour. I got a chance to chat with Neil Kuhlman, Dex Digga and Jose that night and they were excited. I had seen Three Years Hollow several times up to that point, but that night they looked like they belong on stage with the big boys.
I got to chat with Jose again shortly before they signed their record deal with Imagen and he was that same fan I talked to a year ago. He was humbled by the fact that he’s become friends with one of his musical heroes in Clint Lowery. We talked casually all off record for several minutes and as a fan myself, it was inspiring to see this kid who was a freshman in high school when I graduated stay humble while his world was turning upside down.
Congratulations to Jose, Tony, Neil, Dex and Chris. Remember how hard you worked to get this far? Well it’s not going to get any easier. We’re happy for you and we’re going to do our best to keep supporting you and the scene that’s developing around you with bands like Candlelight Red, Mindset Evolution, Throw the Fight, 3 Pill Morning, Namesake. Good Luck!!!
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