New Jerseyâ€™s Holler, Wild Rose! have been selected to perform at this yearâ€™s CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival on Wednesday, October 17 at Club Midway. Their performance at one of the yearâ€™s most exciting music festivals will take place just one month after the release of their debut album. Titled â€œOur Little Hymnal,â€ it is set to be released September 18th on Blacklight Records. It is comprised of songs created over a five-year time span, by John Mosloskie (vocals/guitars/keys/banjo/slide guitar), Ryan Smith (drums/percussion), Ryan Cheresnick (guitars), Scott Vangenderen (bass), Mike Ortega (keys/guitars/vocals) and Lou Dâ€™Elia (guitars) to join an experimental panoramic ambience with urban undercurrents and a forceful and impetuous rejoicing. The result is the untainted sound of freedom.
The eponymous openerâ€™s seven minutes of bombastic guitars sound like rays scorching from the sun into your eyes, while â€œCaptive Trainâ€ finds Mosloskie singing with his choir of recently freed inmates as if they had just received reprieve from the judge. The apex of “Our Little Hymnal” comes early in the form of â€œMary Lawn Hair.â€ Multiple loops and moody harmonies fire off in the background keeping the song moving forward, while allowing the band to channel some of shoegazeâ€™s heyday and intertwine with some of prog rocks finest moments as well.