Six fresh-faced youths make up Boise band Hollow-Wood. While members range in age from 18 to 21 years old, Hollow-Wood (hollowwood.bandcamp.com) has honed its sound beyond its years while expanding from an original three-member lineup, playing at Boise rock clubs including Neurolux and during Treefort Music Fest. Still, youth has its limitations.
"We get kicked out of bars a lot. It's kind of a bummer sometimes, because there's a lot of good bands we want to watch, but we're not really allowed to," said Hollow-Wood's 19-year-old lead singer, Adam Stip.
Though not yet old enough to drink, Stip has been playing music for years. His uncle gave him a drum set at age 12, before graduating to guitar. Stip, singer Lyndsay Wright, 20; and banjo player Hayden Jensen, 19, have been friends since they were kids, and began Hollow-Wood as a trio before adding Jeff Bull Jr., 20; Danika McClure, 21 (of Grand Falconer, not pictured); and Stip's cousin, Katelynne Jones, 18 (not pictured).
The large group was brought closer together when Wright was diagnosed with leukemia.
"We're not old, but we grew up a lot," Stip said.
"It was bittersweet. There's moments in it that we were all so close together, because we're friends--but obviously cancer's the worst," said Stip.
After regaining her health, Wright once more sings with Hollow-Wood.
Best known for eight-minute epic "Little Bird," Stip describes Hollow-Wood's chant-filled sound as a take on more traditional styles.
"I think we're in that folk-kind of vein, but I think it's a lot more intense. We try to be as powerful as we can. We kinda yell a lot I guess," he said.
However, Hollow-Wood's sound remains less than traditional among similar acts.
"We don't have a drummer, so we play drums in a style where four different people are kind of playing one collective drum set," said Stip.
Stip said the band is working on a full-length LP with 13 songs due in the summer of 2013, followed by a fall tour. Plans call for touring as much as possible.
"I guess if we could pay our bills with this, that would be ideal," Stip said.
"We really want to just spread the word about Boise, and really lay claim to being a Boise band at the end of the day. But we also want to go to the other states, and maybe get to the East Coast and see how far we can go," said Stip.