Canadian ‘Pop-Punk-Rapper’ HOLLOW RIVER (aka Berklee College Of Music Dropout and Multi-Instrumentalist Mark MacDonald) Releases New EP ‘We’re Going To Be OK” on Halloween
“…blends fast, upbeat guitars and rhythm sections with lyrics that are dripping with vivid imagery.”- Toronto Guardian
“Hollow River’s sound is obscure with a charming eclecticism. “- The Other Side Reviews
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Canadian ‘Pop-Punk-Rapper’ Hollow River (the alias of multi-instrumentalist Mark MacDonald) is releasing the new EP ‘We’re Going To Be OK’ on October 31.
Stream the new EP HERE: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/hollowriver/were-going-to-be-ok-ep
MacDonald says, “The record is a six song EP themed around change, loss, and self reflection. There is an attitude of anger that comes across but for as many fingers as I point there are many more pointed back at myself as I work through dealing with consequence and loneliness.
”The latest single off the EP is titled “Self-Esteem (Everyone’s Leaving).”
Stream the lyric video HERE
Of the track, MacDonald explains, “The intro is a recording of a message I got from an old friend who had dreams of being a rapper ever since he was a teenager. He took it particularly hard when I started to pursue my music career full time, and even harder when I found success with rap myself. Instead of being happy for me he sent me aggressive messages that kept escalating with anger to the point where I had to cut them off.
” I had to remind myself that someone who couldn’t be happy about me pursuing my dream wasn’t a real friend and I was better off without them. Musically it’s really fun -like a release after a period of stress with some awesome drums parts!”
We’re Going To Be OK EP Track List
- Self Esteem (Everyone’s Leaving)
- Somerset Bridge
- Loved Me Like A Book
- Love’s Been Lost
Self produced and written by Mark MacDonald/Hollow River
The drums and bass for the record were recorded at Power Station Studio with Henry Reinach
Guitar/Vocals/BGVs all recorded in Hollow River’s studio Pineapple Tree Productions
Mixed by Mark Aguilar
Mastered by James Zaner
Drums LJ Trotta
Bass Maximilian Troppe
Synth – Sophia Margossian
Starting November 1st, Hollow River will be starting his annual Movember campaign for the month in support of Men’s Mental Health with a goal of $5000.
About Hollow River:
Meet Hollow River, the multi-instrumentalist and pop punk rapper hailing from both Canada and the United States. From an early age, Hollow River discovered their passion for music, picking up the guitar at just eight years old.
With a strong foundation in guitar, Hollow River began exploring different styles and sounds, eventually finding their sound blending Pop Punk with Rap elements. Their music is characterized by infectious melodies, heartfelt lyrics, and dynamic instrumentals, all infused with a punk rock edge.
Hollow River’s journey into music began with an internship at Grant Avenue Studio, which led them to study Songwriting and Music Production & Engineering at Berklee College of Music. In addition to their music studies, Hollow River also studied creative writing at the University of Ottawa, where they honed their storytelling skills and developed a unique lyrical style.
With their growing skill set and creative vision, Hollow River has quickly become a sought-after artist. They have been featured on popular radio stations such as 102.1 The Edge (Toronto), Live 88.5 (Ottawa), and 92.5 The River (Boston), captivating audiences with their energy and artistry.
Be sure to check out Hollow River’s latest single and follow them on social media for updates on their upcoming shows. Experience the unique blend of pop punk and rap that Hollow River brings to the stage