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The Hollows

It’s the onset of winter at Vienna’s biggest flea market. People stroll by, warmly wrapped in their clothes. In midstream, Greg O’Brien from the Irish band The Hollows sings “Life runs away and the part that you play might seem exceptionally small.” The cold wind whistles around their ears on this grey Saturday morning as he goes on, “At the end of the day, things won’t go the way, that you had once planned them all”. The performance from Greg and his band mate Gary Morrison flows in unobtrusively, their music is gentle and lugubrious. After having played poppy punk stuff and instrumental post-rock in former bands, where they often got in trouble either during practice or gigs for being too loud, the two Dubliners created The Hollows’ sound of simple, but effective quietness. To earn their living the unagitated and very pleasant musicians work in a bank and with the Youth Service, looking after kids from disadvantaged areas. There has not been much chance to see The Hollows perform outside Ireland so far; however at their first show in Vienna they received by all means a warm response. A beagle howls to the lines “There is a beautiful world out my window, it’s full of things that I love” raising a smile on Gary’s face before we take refuge from the cold in a small second hand bookshop.

  • Posted: December 1, 2008
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Sarah Brugner
  • Post-Production: Simon Brugner
  • Photography: Simon Brugner