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Beneath the Hollow Brings Their Own Brand of Metal to the Masses

Beneath the Hollow Brings Their Own Brand of Metal to the Masses

Interview By April Lane

Boston Rock Radio


Proudly embracing all of their influences Chicago metal band, Beneath the Hollow, has given us a taste of what is to come on their next EP release coming late 2019- early 2020. This newest single will certainly leave you "Spellbound.” 


BRR: Who is Beneath the Hollow and how did you all come together?

Jesse DeGroot: Hey there I’m Jesse, I play guitar.​

Matt DeGroot: Hello, I’m Matt I play drums.​

Jewell Yocum: Vocals.

Tyler Williams: Bass

Jesse: The band started in '03 when Matt and I started writing songs together at ages 13 and 10. We have basically grown up as musicians and as people playing in this band with different line ups over the years. Tyler joined on bass in October 2017 and Jewell joined us in June of this year.​


BRR: As you listen to the music coming out today, where does Beneath the Hollow fit in?​

Jesse: I don’t know that we do. A lot of bands now seem to be really genre niche specific. We proudly embrace all our influences and I think it shows.​


BRR: Talk to us about the song "Spellbound."

Jesse: Certainly. “Spellbound” is our latest single and the first song we wrote with new vocalist Jewell Yocum. I feel like it’s a nice progression for us musically and a good representation of how diverse we aim to be as a band.​


BRR: This song is from your last EP, correct? How does the EP Nihilist all fit together?

Jesse: No actually “Spellbound” is completely independent of the Nihilist EP that was released in October 2018. “”Spellbound is fresh and will be featured on our next EP out late 2019 or early 2020.​


BRR: Who did you work with on production and recording? How about the artwork?

Jesse: I did all the engineering, mix and master in our small project studio.​ The artwork was done by Nightmare Designs.​


BRR: What is the local scene like where you perform most often? Do the local bands get together and offer support?

Jesse: The Chicago area is not as strong as it used to be but we have been fortunate enough to play some great shows in new areas this year. Stand out shows for me where Iowa City, IA, and Lakewood (Cleveland), OH. There are some great bands in the area we enjoy playing with that are extremely supportive. Vent to Atmosphere and Vile Cynic to name a couple. We also have some really awesome tribute cover bands like Lethal Dose (Mudvayne) and Sic (Slipknot) that we gig with for time to time.​


BRR: How often do you get out and perform live?

Jesse: We don’t like to overplay our hometown so we tend to do about 4 in the area annually and focus the rest of our time on growing regionally.​


BRR: Dream line up for a tour? Name three bands you would call your tour dream team.

Jesse: Polkadot Cadaver, Alice In Chains, Faith No More with Beneath the Hollow.​


BRR: : What so far has been your favorite part of your musical journey and where are wanting to head next?

Jesse: I’m really proud of the new material we have set for this upcoming EP.


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“Spellbound” Video: https://youtu.be/NTWCan95nRk


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