L-R- Grant MacKenzie (guitar, bass, synth), Kenny Parry (vocals, drums, synth/keys). Photo by Sandra Beatty
JUPITER HOLLOW is an ambient progressive rock/metal duo from Barrie, Ontario who started in the summer of 2015 and have already mastered the art of bringing their fans on an audio and visual experience. JUPITER HOLLOW's sound is usually referred to as spacey, experimental and refreshing, reminding listeners of bands like Tool, Pink Floyd, A Perfect Circle, Tesseract, The Contortionists and Rush.
JUPITER HOLLOW consists of two young, passionate and driven Canadian artists, Grant MacKenzie (21) and Kenny Parry (18) who are gearing up for their debut EP 'Odyssey' that will be distributed by Milagro Records and due out on January 13, 2017. The concept record will feature 5 tracks to introduce their ambient experimental progressive songwriting plus will act as a prelude to their planned full length 'AHDOMN'.
"This EP is a concept record, it will tell the story about two characters fighting one another in order to save their civilizations, but they just can't do it. They're in control of their civilizations future, but then you actually find out that there's only one person, who's actually fighting with themselves. They're unhappy with who they are when they look in the mirror and realize they can't grow past their indifference, and that they actually aren't a good person and the people from their civilization will die." says the duo. "The cool thing about the EP's title track Odyssey is that the story then takes place after the civilization is destroyed, and the character leaves on a spaceship somewhere else looking for a new start. This track will be the introduction into our second record, which will be about them looking for a new start. It will be a more hopeful record. Spoiler Alert! Overall this EP is like the "trailer" to a movie. Odyssey will help listeners get acquainted with us and prepare them for our full album AHDOMN later in the year."
JUPITER HOLLOW's singles from their forthcoming release can be heard at the following links with more videos to follow.
Music Video - Hades Heart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep6dxPi_Iis
Song Stream - Deep In Space - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RsIjdloFLA
Lyric Video Medley - Ascending / Hades Heart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrfnhI6hI1s
1. Deep In Space
3. Hades Heart
4. Over 50 Years
About the duo:
Grant, who plays guitar, bass and synth for the band started his music career 8 ½ years ago at the age of 12, sitting in his basement watching the movie Rock Prophecies. This movie was about legendary rock photographer Robert M. Knight, finding and transforming a young, unknown guitarist from a small town into a worldwide success. Inspired and motivated, Grant spent the next few years honing his guitar skills, writing music, and later learning the business side by attending college for business marketing. At age 20, Grant was invited into the Brotherhood of the Guitar, by founder Robert M. Knight, leading to endorsements with Ernie Ball Music Man and JH Audio.
While Grant was performing with another group at a local battle of the bands, he came across a mesmerizing singer by the name of Kenny Parry (vocalist, drummer and synth for Jupiter Hollow), who was almost performing as if he was possessed on stage, hitting notes that seemed impossible by any guy. Kenny Parry started music at the young age of 2 years old, setting up pots and pans like a drum set and banging away. This led to an obsession with music, and a discovery of his unique talent. In his teenage years, Kenny won himself the title "Best Drummer in Ontario" 3 years in a row. Around this time, Kenny started learning how to sing after being inspired by singers such as Maynard James Keenan, Mike Lessard, Dan Tompkins and Ian Kenny to name a few. Through years of strengthening his vocal abilities in choirs, bands and hours of dedication, Kenny has acquired an articulate vocal range, relentless endurance, and almost shocking performance through his uncontrollable stage presence.
Shortly after meeting, Grant and Kenny knew that their talents combined would create something truly unique, and Jupiter Hollow was born. Since then, the duo effortlessly created music in Kenny's basement for months on end. The concept grew to be a two-man band, since Grant and Kenny wrote all of the music and wanted to keep it that way. The two musicians use technology to their advantage, allowing them to perform with a dominating stage presence, while captivating their audiences with their unique sonic journey.
For more info, please visit: www.JupiterHollow.ca.
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