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Uphollow is a rock band formed in 1993 based in Denver, Colorado, currently under the Hill Billy Stew Records record label. They are known for their mathematical approach to song-writing and their use of a cello.
After forming in 1993, Uphollow (then consisting of songwriters Ian O'Dougherty and Whit Sibley, with drummer Josh Kennedy) released a 7", "Where Do We Go From Here?" with 8 Bucks (Denver, CO). Uphollow then released their first album 'Mission to the Moon' in 1995 on Blue Moon Records, a wild punk-rock-influenced rock disc. Uphollow then released a split 7" with Ed Temple (Neenah, WI) in 1995. After touring the United States for 2 years, the band became a four piece (with Josh Kennedy moving to bass and with new drummer Justin Ferreira) and released a split 7' with The Blue Ontario (Denver, CO). After a west-coast tour with The Blue Ontario, Uphollow released the dense, ambitious Rock Opera 'Soundtrack to an Imaginary Life' in late 1997. This album represented a drastic musical step away from the faster, simpler Punk-rock of their first album towards more Progressive Rock/Math Rock. It is a 40-minute tale of an observer writing himself into a story, 'rear window' meets 'adaptation' meets Jethro Tull.
In early 1998 all of their gear was stolen from their van in Denver. They went their separate ways and wrote many songs.
After the addition of cellist/pianist Ian Cooke in 2001, the group released their third album and second concept album, 'Ten Fingers', in 2002. Based on the natural laws of the Golden Mean, 'Ten Fingers' held a math-based style similar to their previous album, but less dense due to it being an Ian O solo album essentially. He wrote it in Australia, and played all the instruments with the exception of drums and cello.
'Jackets For The Trip', was released in 2005. Their first non-concept album since 'Mission to the Moon', 'Jackets For The Trip' features smoother, more varied songs, ranging from cello rock to acoustic folk to 70s-style epic ballad, as well as songs written by three of the band's members (O'Dougherty, Sibley, and Cooke). It also features a DVD with visuals for all of the songs by Zach Putnam and a complete 5.1 mix by Robert Ferbrache (in DTS and Dolby).
In 2012, Uphollow released 'et cetera,' a collection of released and unreleased songs that were recorded between the albums. It features all of the songs from the 7"s, plus many unreleased songs. 22 in total, all remastered by Chris Fogal at Black in Bluhm in 2011.
Throughout their shows and tours, Uphollow has played with Fugazi, Blonde Redhead, Avail, Built to Spill, Pansy Division, Gaunt, The Dresden Dolls, The Decemberists, Rocky Votolato, Richard Buckner, Jimmy Eat World, Smile, Planes Mistaken For Stars, DeVotchKa, The Elected, Braid, Les Savy Fav, Pedro The Lion, Superdrag, The Make-Up, Jejune, No Knife, Boilermaker, Hot Water Music, The Long Winters, All Night Radio, etc. ..
Ian O'Dougherty (Vocals/Guitar/Bass/Piano/Percussion),
Whit Sibley (Bass/Vocals/Guitar),
Josh Kennedy (Drums/Bass/Vocals),
Ian William Marshall Cooke (Acoustic Cello/Electric Cello/Piano/Percussion),
Justin Ferreira (Drums)
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