If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed my latest craze on this band, with mentioning them in pretty much every monthly favourites. I see a lot of bands locally, and this is definitely one of my favourites of all time, so what better band for my first interview other than Our Hollow, Our Home? I’ve composed a few fun questions that have been answered by vocalist Connor Hallisey, to give you a small insight into the band and to get to know them better.
1. What is your favourite song to perform?
For me personally, probably Worms Wood or Feast For The Crows. I love the crowd reactions these tracks get, and in general the heavier tracks just seem to incite more carnage in a live setting.
2. What are your biggest band inspirations?
We source our inspiration from so many different aspects of life as well as other artists, it’s difficult to say which are our most influential! We all grew up listening to bands like FFAF, Thrice, Underoath etc so I think it’s fair to say that post hardcore as well as early metalcore acts like Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive and TDWP have all played their part in terms of inspiring us to push our own writing abilities further.
3. What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
As an unsigned band with no financial backing, we face hurdles we have to overcome in pretty much everything we do. I’d say the last European tour we completed this year though was probably one of the hardest experiences we’ve had to date. We broke down numerous times, one of these incidents leaving us stranded in Austria for 4 days, but we made the best of a bad decision and came out the other side stronger for it with the experience we gained.
4. If you could play a show anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Personally speaking I think having the opportunity to tour North America & Canada would be a really big deal for me. One lifelong goal of mine is to play the Vans Warped Tour, so if we ever made it across the pond and able to play to any fans we have out there, I think that would be a truly defining moment in OHOH for me!
5. What advice would you give for people who want to form their own band?
Just practice and play shows whenever and wherever you can. We’ve all spent years in local bands with and without each other, honing our skills as musicians and ultimately striving towards where we are at now. Get in a practice space, write some songs you believe in and pester your local promoter to put you on shows haha!
6. If you had to get a Our Hollow, Our Home themed tattoo, what would it be and where would you put it?
Fun fact: myself, Josh and our old bassist Tim actually all have a small OHOH tattoo on our ankles, it’s just like two arrows crossing over with some OHOH lettering surrounding it, I think we came up with it whilst we were on tour in the UK with Dream on, Dreamer in 2015. Our manager Mike also has our logo tattooed on the back of his calf, the G!
7. If you weren’t in a band, what do you think you’d be doing right now?
Probably not a lot to be honest with you. Maybe running like a cattery or something? I reckon Toby would probably be a professional chef in some cool ass restaurant, Nick would still be running his studio, hustling on the daily, and Bobby would fit in there somewhere too, and Josh would probably be running a Tescos and DJing every night away. It’s weird to imagine a life without OHOH for me now though. I love this band and those who support what we do, and I can’t really picture it not being a part of my life.
8. Tell us a memorable moment from a show:
One moment recently I can recall from being on stage that was just surreal was our show in Budapest. From the moment we walked on stage the whole room (it was actually a boat venue, but yeah) the crowd just erupted in cheers and I’d never felt so humbled in my life! Travelling to another country you’ve never step foot in before and being received like that is nothing short of incredible, we all left the show that night very happy dudes haha.
9. If you could be in any horror film, which would it be?
I don’t really watch horror films if I’m being real with you, and isn’t the premise of a horror film that the people are either gonna go through a terrifying/traumatic experience or inflict this on others? I’m just gonna steer clear of all that, safe!
10. What encouraged you to form #teamOHOH?
We’ve noticed that we have these little pockets of fans all around the world, and we wanted to find a way to bring all of you together in one place to discuss all things OHOH, as well as give you guys back something for supporting our passion through exclusive merch, early news etc. It also means we have a platform to communicate with you guys on and find out more about you all! So really, it was YOU that encouraged us to bring #teamOHOH to being!
11. Which member is most likely to survive the longest in a zombie apocalypse?
I reckon it’d probably be Nick, based on physical ability and common sense, maybe Toby following in a close second purely because I think he’s the only one of us who could kill with no remorse. I would hands down be the first to go, I’d probably die when the virus was in its preliminary state as a cold/flu or something ridiculous.
12. What can we expect from the next album?
I honestly wish I could say, but right now it’s so early on in the writing process, it’s difficult to say what the final product will truly deliver. All I will say is you can definitely expect it to be heavier, and you can definitely expect it to be catchier.
Just thank you so much, from the bottom of our hearts, for supporting and engaging with us as a band. We wouldn’t be able to do this without such a supportive fan base behind us, you guys keep this band going.
A massive thank you to Connor for taking the time to answer these questions, and to the rest of the guys in Our Hollow, Our Home. I hope you all enjoyed this interview as much as I did, and I hope to do more like this in the future so let me know if you did! I strongly suggest you check out Our Hollow, Our Home if you haven’t already, and if you enjoy it why not join #teamOHOH on Facebook? I’ve really liked being a part of it already. OHOH are also on tour this October so click below to check out the dates and catch them live: