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New York City, United States

New York City, United States
Bell Hollow was an American band that made bittersweet dream pop, singing songs both melodic and mysterious.


Formed in 2003 by bassist Christopher Bollman and guitarist Greg Fasolino, the Brooklyn-based quartet were inspired by the atmospheric British rock of the Eighties and related genres like shoegaze, new wave, and indie-rock, building on authentic experience as members of old-school NYC post-punk bands like The Naked and the Dead and The Children’s Zoo. When frontman Nick Niles (originally from Sacramento, CA) came aboard in 2005, the unique Bell Hollow sound was finally realized.

Impressive reviews for the band’s shimmering songs led to their signing with new NYC indie label five03 Records, who released Bell Hollow’s first official EP, Sons of the Burgess Shale in October 2006. Shortly thereafter, drummer Todd Karasik (formerly with indie-pop cult heroes My Favorite) replaced original member Hayden Millsteed.

Bell Hollow recorded their debut full-length Foxgloves (again with producer/engineer Hillary Johnson, also the band’s live synth player), at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ in summer 2007. The 10-song album (including “Copper Crayon,” “Eyes Like Planets,” “Jamais Vu,” and “Our Water Burden”) was released in November 2007, debuting at 166 on the CMJ charts.

Bell Hollow completed a series of tours during 2008 (including shows in Detroit, Washington, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Toledo, Raleigh, Atlanta, and Athens, GA); and opened for artists such as New Model Army, Bush Tetras, Longwave, Bunnydrums, Lene Lovich, Ether Aura, Certain General, and The Prids.

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