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Hollerado performing at the Liberation Day festival in The Hague, 2014
Background information
Origin Ottawa, Ontario
Genres Indie rock
Power pop
Years active 2007–present
Labels Royal Mountain Records, Arts and Crafts
Website http://www.hollerado.com/
Members Dean Baxter
Jake Boyd
Nixon Boyd
Menno Versteeg

Hollerado is a Canadian indie rock band formed in 2007 from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They were nominated for the Best New Group Award at the 2011 Juno Awards.


Three of the four members of Hollerado grew up on the same street in Manotick, Ontario a suburb of Ottawa. Hollerado later recorded and periodically lived in Montreal, Quebec where they gained attention as one of Montreal's "top up-and-coming bands".[1][2] The line-up includes lead singer and guitarist Menno Versteeg, lead guitarist Nixon Boyd, bassist Dean Baxter, and drummer Jake Boyd.[3] Since its inception in April 2007[4] the band has shared the stage with hard-rocker Andrew W.K. and Montreal's The Stills and Malajube, and was hand-picked by Jack White to open for his newest group, The Dead Weather.[5][6][7] The band has also played festivals such as SXSW, NXNE, Pop Montreal, Rifflandia Music Festival and Sled Island in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.[4][5][6]

The band competed in the 2009 round of The Big Money Shot, a battle-of-the-bands competition put on by Ottawa radio station Live 88.5. Hollerado won, receiving a prize of $250,000 which accommodated their tour and equipment expenses.

In April and May 2009, the band accompanied The Stills and other Canadian indie rock delegates to the TransmitCHINA conference, an event established to promote cultural and musical exchange between the Asian and Canadian music markets.[8][9] Hollerado played the conference showcase in Beijing to kick off its two-week tour of China.[8]

In 2009, Hollerado self-released its debut album Record in a Bag as a free digital download.[10] Originally from the band's Demo in a Bag 5. EP,[11] In February 2010, music label Royal Mountain Records along with Arts & Crafts re-released Record in a Bag.[12] the album's lead single "Americanarama" drew press for its music video starring The Kids in the Hall comedian Dave Foley in a parody of American Apparel founder and CEO Dov Charney.[2][13][14] The album has been favourably compared to the music of Supergrass, Stephen Malkmus, and Weezer.[10][14][15] In 2010, Hollerado toured with Free Energy throughout the United States and Canada, as headliner in their home country and as support act in the US. Many of these concerts featured both bands on stage aiding each other in backup vocals on their own songs, and covers of Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.

In 2011, the band was nominated for the Best New Group Award at the 2011 Juno Awards.

In December 2012, it was announced that Hollerado would be opening for Canadian alternative-rock band Billy Talent on their Dead Silence headline tour in April 2013, alongside Sum 41 and Indian Handcrafts.

On February 26, 2013, the band released their second LP, White Paint, leading with the single "Pick Me Up". The album "finds Hollerado sticking to their guns by packing their songs with instantly hummable choruses and six-string riffs aplenty," but although the band didn't opt for any huge sound changes for their second album, White Paint "is a more intricately wrought and emotionally complex record than the feel-good Record in a Bag".[16]


  • Dean Baxter - bass & vocals (2007–present)
  • Jake Boyd - drums & vocals (2007–present)
  • Nixon Boyd - guitar & vocals (2007–present)
  • Menno Versteeg - guitar & lead vocals (2007–present)

Residency Tour[edit]

In February 2009 Hollerado embarked on a 28 day "residency tour".[17] The band played "seven bars in seven cities seven days a week",[1] visiting Boston, New York City, Lacolle, Quebec, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.[13]


They have released videologs about their travels to foreign countries, the first of which is about their travels in China[18] and the second details their trip to Brazil[19] Hollerado is in the process of turning this project into a more detailed show which will be called "Holleradoland". Each episode will feature their travels to different international cities, with a focus on budget-savvy travelling.



  • Demo in a Bag One (2007)
  • Demo in a Bag Two (2007)
  • Demo in a Bag Three (2007)
  • Demo in a Bag Four (2007)
  • Demo in a Bag Five (2008)


Other releases[edit]


Year Song Chart peak Album


2010 "Americanarama" 13 34 Record in a Bag
"Juliette" 6 14
2011 "Got to Lose" 18 32
"Good Day at the Races" 7 Margaritaville 2: The Reckoning
2012 "Pick Me Up" 3 26 White Paint
2013 "So It Goes" 5 21
2014 "Desire 126" 16
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.
"×" denotes periods where charts did not exist or were not archived.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Rabinovitch, Simona (2008-10-08). "SPIN.com's Top 5 Up-and-Coming Montreal Bands". Spin. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. ^ Leijon, Erik (2009-03-04). "Hollerado Want To Expand Their "Friend Base"". CHARTAttack. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  3. ^ a b Lepage, Mark (2007-10-05). "Blazing beginning for Hollerado". The Gazette. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  4. ^ a b "Music Festival Schedule - Hollerado". SXSW. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Malajube + Hollerado @ Calgary". Pop Montreal. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  6. ^ Duffy, Rob (2009-06-15). "LIVE EYE - The Dead Weather @ the Horseshoe, June 13". Eye Weekly. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  7. ^ a b Marcus, Bianca (2009-05-29). "Hollerado Makes Chinese Connections". CHARTAttack. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  8. ^ Harper, Kate (2009-03-27). "The Stills Going to China". CHARTAttack. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  9. ^ a b Hudson, Alex (2009-06-11). "Hollerado's Record In a Bag". The Tyee. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  10. ^ "Hollerado Music - RCRD LBL". RCRD LBL. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  11. ^ Gromely, Ian Hollerado are Pro at Exclaim! February 2010.
  12. ^ a b O'Meara, Jamie (2009-01-29). "Hollerado begin 7-city, 28-day residency... for real". Hour. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  13. ^ a b McDowell, Adam (2009-02-26). "Hollerado: Missed them this week? They’ll be back". The National Post. Retrieved 2009-06-21. [dead link]
  14. ^ Miller, Aaron (2009-03-02). "Almost Famous: Crazy Tour And Killer Album Put Loveable Hollerado On The Brink". CityNews.ca. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  15. ^ http://exclaim.ca/Interviews/FromTheMagazine/hollerado-older_wiser_uncool
  16. ^ Harper, Kate (2009-01-27). "Hollerado Launch Insane Residency Tour". CHARTAttack. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  17. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeffwLmZNpU
  18. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5g655zIHLw
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