The Hollowbodies are a Virginia band that, led by
Phillip Roebuck on vocals and guitar, plays passionate folk-rock
in the style of Tom Petty.
The trio debuted with Lame (Polydor, 1995), a collection of simple,
soulful songs made of honest, realistic lyrics and soft, heartfelt melodies
(Today I'm Evil).
A giant leap forward,
Viva La Dregs (Polydor, 1997) is both an encyclopedia of
chords and progressions of the tradition of power-pop and a carefully
assembled puzzle of tasty arrangements.
The fatal Petty climax of Buckshot In The Favored Horse leads into the
Bob Dylan-ian serenade Little King, with a gorgeous falsetto refrain and
counterpoint of accordion.
The punchy rock and roll of Underground contrasts with the
delicate, good-humoured, piano-based My Little Woman Is A Big Girl Now
and the howling country ballad We Move It Out, two of the highlights.
If the grunge bombast of Lakefly and the solo acoustic-guitar
Plasticine Mesmerism are probably misplaced,
it cannot be denied that the band takes risks at almost every turn,
and frequently succeeds.
Phil Roebuck has also released a solo album,
Under The Matchlight (2000).
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