WHO: Less Than Hollow
MEMBERS: Adam Jerome – Vocals, Guitar, songwriter and production.
WHERE: London & Manchester, UK.
ABOUT: UK-based Alt Rock band LESS THAN HOLLOW dropped arena-bothering debut single “Critical” (produced by Chris Clancy – Machine Head, Those Damn Crows, Massive Wagons, Roadrunner Records, Fearless Records) this past July, receiving positive reactions and airplay in the UK, USA and Canada. Since then, the band has gone on to release another two Clancy-produced singles: “Disappointed” and the latest offering, “The Better Man.”
LESS THAN HOLLOW formed this year and currently consists of founding member Adam (vocals and guitar), using his talented friends to help him out for live shows.
Adam has previously supported acts such as Sick Puppies, Puddle of Mudd, Fozzy and DED, and is keen to prove that LESS THEN HOLLOW can be a name that is on everyone lips. The band landed its debut gig supporting Ryan McCombs (Soil and ex – Drowning Pool singer) in London this past September.
With fuel in the machine and many more singles to be released, LESS THAN HOLLOW just announced the band’s first headline show at the pillar of the heavy music scene in London, The Black Heart in Camden, with support from fellow London alt rock bands Feral Sun and 10Gauge.
What would you say that your band has to offer that is different from what is out there?
Truthfully, I think compared to a lot of modern rock that is out there, we are very concise and I think it’s just very honest rock music, honest from my point of view and experiences, and I’m certainly wearing my heart on my sleeve in terms of influences.
What would you say is the essence behind your band?
A bit more of the above, it’s just really true to my feelings, my influences, my background. I grew up being bullied; I’ve had a lot of problems with relationships over the years and dealt with things such as spousal abuse and a complete lack of interest on the behalf of the authorities. I think a lot of this music is just me telling my story, probably a not-so-subtle F-you to experiences in my life.
How do you compete in today’s market?
Well, I’d like to think we write a catchy hook or two; certainly fans of Seether, Puddle of Mudd, Three Days Grace and Crossfade would love our music. I think a lot of modern Rock veers towards the heavy side of things, so perhaps we’re a refreshing pop-infused throwback to those bands of the 2000’s I had the pleasure of growing up with. A lot of people think I sound like Dexter Holland of the Offspring at times too; a comparison I’ll never shy away from, great band!
Describe your music. What do you want it to convey?
I think the overall message is for anyone who has had the misfortune of being bullied, abused, or just let down in a big way by someone you looked up to or trusted, just to let them know it’s going to be okay, and that these things do happen (a lot more often than we’d like) and that all the anger and frustration they feel can be channeled into something productive – the truth is that everything that happens in life makes you who you are at this moment in time, so it’s all worth it, even the bad stuff.
Define some of the goals for the band.
You know what’s crazy about this? When I finished my old band, I took this year- long gap from music before even writing anything seriously; then I spent the whole of the lockdowns writing, recording and researching what to do with a new project, and in that time I worked out I really just wanted to do a few things;
- To release the music I love on a regular basis;
- To support some of my favorite bands growing up (ticked off Ryan from SOiL the month just gone which was INCREDIBLE! But my list still has Three Days Grace, Seether and Nickelback to go, and those will take a lot longer to achieve but I have hope so who knows!); and
- To play live and enjoy music in general (massive tick!)
Why did Colt48 end and why did you decide to form this new music project?
So this really had a number of things that led to us stopping. The first thing was that at the tail end of our career, we realized we needed management/booking agent/connections to move forward, so we got in with the wrong people and we got screwed over big time! After that we tried to rebuild, got in touch with a really cool management company based in the USA, and started to talk numbers. It got a bit scary financially for our drummer and I offered to bail him out. He refused that but didn’t really want to put any more money into the project at the same time if it involved the new management company. We had this stalemate and I just lost interest; I also had known a long time ago I was only 50% of the band but I seemed to have taken on 90% of the work. It just got to the point where I felt I was doing so much for so little in return, whereas now, I’m doing it for me, by me, and enjoying it. Probably sounds a bit egotistical, but at the end of the day you have to love what you are doing to make any success with it, otherwise people see that you’re just going through the motions.