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Hollywood: Stunts

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“Don’t want to be married to the dirt/ Put my ashes in your purse/ Don’t want to be married to the dirt/ Put my ashes up your skirt,” sings/barks/groans Hollywood’s Tim Abbendonelo, closing out Stunts’ lead track, “(Scary) Cemetery.” And, you know what? He’s right: Burying dead people is pretty dumb and weird and creepy. It’s also just a fun thing for a whole song to be about, and that’s sorta the nut of the Hollywood vibe: heavy, earnestly lo-fi garage-punk cut with enough pop (Ramones-y’s the word) and good times that it tends to stand out from the pack, at the very least in some part because it doesn’t have the self-absorption of so much of the lo-fi movement. Like, Hollywood was carving out hooks in its garage or basement or wherever when the trendspotters of 2011 were ripping en masse Ableton Live bit-torrents, and that’s gotta count for something. Maybe not. Either way, you don’t get the idea that Hollywood gives two shits. “Wake up every morning, like I care/ Guess I’m a hater by nature/ Got your balls in my palm/ Don’t worry, they’ll return unharmed,” goes “Hater (By Nature).” This is what pounding two shots and a beer after an awful day at work feels like: the newfound ability to take all of the garbage and breathe it back at the world as fire.

Hollywood celebrates the release of Stunts at the Ottobar Aug. 28 with Lady Piss. For more information visit

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