Motive, Raccoon Fighter
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
This event is 21 and over
Hollis Brown is a self-defined American Rock ‘n’ Roll band. Named after a Bob Dylan song (“The Ballad of Hollis Brown”), the band was formed by Queens-natives and songwriters Mike Montali (lead vocals/guitar) and Jonathan Bonilla (lead guitar). Both 2nd-generation immigrants (Italian-American and Puerto Rican-American, respectively), they soon found their musical brethren in the Mid-West, recruiting Dillon Devito (bass/vocals) and Andrew Zehnal (drums) from Ohio, and Adam Bock (keyboard/vocals) from Missouri. Hollis Brown made a significant splash as an independent band with the release of their debut album “Ride On The Train” on Alive Naturalsound in 2013 (produced by Adam Landry), garnering song and video premieres from Rolling Stone, Paste, and American Songwriter, and music placements on MTV’s “Real World”, Showtime’s “Shameless”, and the Willem Dafoe/Matt Dillon film “Bad Country”. They toured extensively in America and Europe, building a fanbase on both continents. Following a memorable performance at a Lou Reed tribute concert in NYC, Alive Naturalsound asked the band to go back into the studio to record a tribute to the Velvet Underground’s classic album “Loaded”, as a limited-edition vinyl release for Record Store Day 2014. The band released their new studio album, “3 Shots” in May 2015 through Jullian Records. “3 Shots” has been mixed by the legendary John Agnello.
Not long ago, the members of Motive were shredding through jazz lead sheets and getting carted across the U.S. and Europe to showcase their young talent. Nowadays, Motive populates a different scene. These Seattle transplants, turned Brooklynites, emerged from a Clinton Hill, Brooklyn practice space onto stages around the city and are rapidly taking NYC – and the internet – by storm. Known for their grunge influenced indie rock sound, Motive's catchy, hook laced songwriting shines through on the latest single, "What's So Bad?", which was Produced & Mixed by Chuck Brody (Phantogram, Bear Hands, Ra Ra Riot). The videos for "What's So Bad?" and "It's Illicit" recently caught the attention of MTV and both premiered on MTV2's 120 Minutes with Matt Pinfield. The videos quickly skyrocketed to #2 and #12 on MTV.com's Most Popular video chart, topping artists such as Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, and Imagine Dragons- a rare feat for an unsigned band.
Motive is currently preparing to release a new EP and a series of high concept music videos to accompany the release, and recently had their cover of Talking Heads "Psycho Killer" featured in a Jean Paul Gaultier video released by the popular fashion/music/and culture publication, TWELV Magazine.
Motive has shared the stage with: Walk The Moon, The Vaccines, Bear Hands, Free Energy, Oberhofer, etc.
Let's call these guys The Strokes 2.0. Dressed in slick skinny-tie suits, these Seattle transplants peddle pure melodic rock, with catchy hooks that recall the best moments of The Killers and the fuzzy vocals that remind us of a more cheerful Julian Casablancas. With their videos getting top-ratings on MTV.com, soon everyone will have some Motive of their own.
Raccoon Fighter have always been confident: quietly so. Which comes as a blatant departure from their music, which is not – quiet that is. It can only be described as a three part, tumultuous rock ‘n’ roll/ blues assault on the senses. Their sound consists of a gritty, cathartic blend of musical bravado and camaraderie that propels you forward. The gravely, enigmatic vocal offerings of Sean Gavigan combine and compete with those of Gabe Wilhelm and his hypnotic and visionary basslines, while Zac Ciancaglini adds a sharpness and drive rhythmically. With three stellar songwriting talents under one roof, the result is a frenetic and infectious powerhouse.