Johnny Hollow

2 albums

Johnny Hollow is a Canadian band featuring an eclectic mix of instruments ranging from cello to digital electronics. The atmospheric soundscape they create, drawing from rock, orchestral, and electronica influences, has been described as “Chamber music for the 21st century”.

Adding to their uniqueness is the visual dimension of the project, expressed throughout their online presence, album art, and live performance projections.
They have performed alongside Jakalope, Faith and the Muse, Voltaire, and Dir En Grey, and composed the soundtrack for the animated short “Paranorma”, narrated by Peter Murphy and created by band member Vincent Marcone of My Pet Skeleton.

Johnny Hollow's first self-titled album made its initial impact when their website hit cyberspace in 2003, winning several prestigious international awards for its flash art and sound design.

“Dirty Hands”, their second album, was released by the Orange Record Label in 2008 to critical acclaim. Several tracks have been featured on national and international radio programs, and in short films and syndicated television shows.

Their most recent full-length effort, “A Collection of Creatures”, was entirely crowd-funded by their fans, and represents the evolution of their unique brand of music & art.

Music

17 songs
Song
Length
Actions
1
A Little Bit Closer A Collection Of Creatures
03:33

Lyrics:

Come, come a little bit closer So I can see what you have done. I said come, come a little bit closer Let me get a look at you. Don’t you know you want it too? I said do, do I make you uneasy? I bet you’d like to take a step back. I said do, do I make you uneasy? I’ll follow even if you look back. Don’t you know you want it too? Don’t you know you want it too? Come a little bit closer….
1
A Little Bit Closer (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:38
2
02:36

Lyrics:

A thousand little elves Coming up from beneath my bed They gather round the campfire And start singing the songs in my head But with the wrong words! By the light of the fire their faces All begin to crumble And they fall to their knees They laugh at my expense! Bloodsuckers! I could crush you with my thumb. Bloodsuckers! I’m so sick of your tricks How I wish the sun would come. I can make lyrics rhyme All the time But that don’t soothe my spine. Just making a melody Should be enough for me But you like watching me lose my mind… They’re crawling up my knees now And requesting a song about love But I know I’m being teased now So I’m singing a song about getting squeezed by… Bloodsuckers! I could crush you with my thumb. Bloodsuckers! I’m so sick of your tricks How I wish the sun would come.
1
Bloodsuckers (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:35
3
Devil's Night (Explicit Lyrics) A Collection Of Creatures
03:50

Lyrics:

It’s 3 am and there’s a devil in my backyard He’s got a head full of lightning and a mouth full of thunder It’s 3 am and the devil’s calling out my name He’s got a hot fingerprint pressed against the melting window pane. “Let me in” (Go away, devilman. Stay away, devilman) “Please, let me in” (Go away, devilman. Stay away, devilman) It’s 3 am and there’s an angel knocking at my door And he goes by the dandy name “Gabriel” He’s got a big shiny grin wrapped in lips full of death He wants to tongue and suck away my very last fucking breath. “Just let me in!” (Go away, devilman. Stay away, devilman) “Please, let me in” (Go away, devilman. Stay away, devilman) Well I called my buddy Billy Blake, he told me just what to do To be your own man, he said, you gotta be a monster too Don’t chase them away, god knows it don’t work Invite them all in for a nefarious circle jerk. “Please! Let us in!” (Go away, devilman. Stay away, devilman) (Don’t you know you want it too?)
1
Devil's Night (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:53

Lyrics:

I could start a fire Inside this belly, burning bright All my veins light up like wires, Lambent skin cuts through the night While the stars dim behind me. A luminescent choir Holds court inside my lungs - Your love my burning pyre, Your lust my mother tongue. Now I’m burning brighter And something in the darkness starts to shine… Burning brighter, burning bright Like a fire in the night Burning brighter, burning bright Finding friends inside the light. Something has surrendered Something’s been set free I could start a fire Dancing, flaming, burning wild With phosphorous desires. Now I’m burning brighter And something in the darkness starts to shine… Burning brighter, burning bright Like a fire in the night Burning brighter, burning bright Finding friends inside the light.
1
Firefly (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:31
5
04:35

Lyrics:

I am the island you need My shores are here for you to sleep My trees are here to cover you To protect you from rain and sleet. I can make all kinds of things For you to take, without the strings. I am the island you need. But there's a tremor in me, It's just underneath, it's just underneath. I feel a tremor in me, I want a release, I want a release. A collection of creatures Beautiful, monstrous features All of them here in servitude With gratitude, you can be sure. I have placed all of them here For you to love, no need to fear. I am the island you need. But there's a tremor in me, It's just underneath, it's just underneath. I feel a tremor in me, I want a release, I want a release.
1
I Am The Island (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:42

Lyrics:

If I had a god… If I had a god it wouldn’t be hard to go on. If I had a prayer… If I had a prayer I’d say “God, you told us too much, You showed us too much”, And I’ve fallen too far, Fallen too far, Fallen too far, and I fear that it’s been too long. But I, being poor, have only my dreams I have spread my dreams under your feet. I’m a chameleon, drinking to feel again, god... God knows I’ve tried so hard. But I’ve fallen too far, Fallen too far, Fallen too far, and I fear that it’s been too long. Fallen too far…
1
Prayer (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:25
7
04:01

Lyrics:

Your eyes can touch me Your scent can embrace me Your voice can graze my skin And that’s what I’ll miss most of all. I want to believe it - and trust what the body can know But the body lies. Your eyes evade me Your silence betrays me The lies your body told were so unkind. And I couldn’t face it - I was a cliche, and behold You couldn’t save my soul. I couldn’t face it, I couldn’t face what I know. The body lies. My body lied, your body lied, The body lies.
1
The Body Lies (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:07
8
A Little Bit Closer (Do I Make You UNEASY MIX) - Squid Lid The Mongrel Mixes
05:36

Lyrics:

Come, come a little bit closer So I can see what you have done. I said come, come a little bit closer Let me get a look at you. Don’t you know you want it too? I said do, do I make you uneasy? I bet you’d like to take a step back. I said do, do I make you uneasy? I’ll follow even if you look back. Don’t you know you want it too? Don’t you know you want it too? Come a little bit closer….
1
A Little Bit Closer (Do I Make You UNEASY MIX) - Squid Lid (Instrumental)
Instrumental
05:34
9
A Little Bit Closer (Jonah K Mix) - Jonah Kmaphorst The Mongrel Mixes
05:33

Lyrics:

Come, come a little bit closer So I can see what you have done. I said come, come a little bit closer Let me get a look at you. Don’t you know you want it too? I said do, do I make you uneasy? I bet you’d like to take a step back. I said do, do I make you uneasy? I’ll follow even if you look back. Don’t you know you want it too? Don’t you know you want it too? Come a little bit closer….
1
A Little Bit Closer (Jonah K Mix) - Jonah Kmaphorst (Instrumental)
Instrumental
05:32
10
I Am The Island (Escape From The Robot Factory Remix) - Dead Red Velvet The Mongrel Mixes
More: Lyrics
07:00

Lyrics:

I am the island you need My shores are here for you to sleep My trees are here to cover you To protect you from rain and sleet. I can make all kinds of things For you to take, without the strings. I am the island you need. But there's a tremor in me, It's just underneath, it's just underneath. I feel a tremor in me, I want a release, I want a release. A collection of creatures Beautiful, monstrous features All of them here in servitude With gratitude, you can be sure. I have placed all of them here For you to love, no need to fear. I am the island you need. But there's a tremor in me, It's just underneath, it's just underneath. I feel a tremor in me, I want a release, I want a release.
11
03:40

Lyrics:

I live in the belly of a great white shark Black watery current, carry us in the dark I live in his skin and he lives in my mind Together we swim, tender morsel we find. (My body undone, wild thing come through) Waiting deep in the murk of eagle eye I cut through white cloud when we enter the sky Calling into the wind gold beak cries true Steady talon unleashed sky deep rip through (My body undone, wild thing come through) Digging deep, genome's peak All this beats inside my core And I can feel what I felt A hundred million years before…
1
Great White Shark (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:47
12
I Am Stretched On Your Grave A Collection Of Creatures
04:36

Lyrics:

I am stretched on your grave and will lie here forever With your hand held in mine I’d be sure we’d not sever My apple tree, my brightness, ‘tis time we were together For I smell of the earth and am stained by the weather When my family thinks that I’m safe in my bed From night until morning I am stretched at your head Calling out to the air with tears both hot and wild Oh I grieve for the girl that I loved as a child
1
I Am Stretched On Your Grave (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:48
13
Temple Of Love (Cover - Sisters Of Mercy - Master Rep) A Collection Of Creatures
05:28

Lyrics:

With the fire from the fireworks up above me With a gun for a lover and a shot for the pain at hand You run for cover in the temple of love, you run for another, it’s all the same For the wind will blow my name across this land In the temple of love you hide together Believing pain and fear outside But someone near you rides the weather And the tears he cried will rain on walls as wide as lover’s eyes In the temple of love Shine like thunder I the temple of love Cry like rain In the temple of love Hear my calling In the temple of love Hear my name And the devil in the black dress watches over My guardian angel walks away Life is short and love is always over in the morning Black wind, come carry me far away With the sunlight died and night above me With a gun for a lover and a shot for the pain inside You run for cover in the temple of love, you run for another, it’s all the same For the wind will blow and throw your walls aside With the fire from the fireworks up above With a gun for a lover and a shot for the pain You run for cover in the temple of love I shine like thunder, cry like rain And the temple of love is old and strong But the wind blows longer, cold and long And the temple of love will fall before This black wind calls my name to you no more In the black sky thunder sweeping underground and over water Sounds of crying weeping will not save your faith for bricks and dreams for mortar All your prayers must seem as nothing, ninety-six below the wave When stone is dust and only air remains In the temple of love Shine like thunder In the temple of love Cry like rain In the temple of love Hear my calling And the temple of love Is falling down
1
Temple Of Love (Cover - Sisters Of Mercy - Master Rep)(Instrumental)
Instrumental
05:39
14
Bloodsuckers (Microvamplings Remix) - Dead Red Velvet The Mongrel Mixes
03:58

Lyrics:

A thousand little elves Coming up from beneath my bed They gather round the campfire And start singing the songs in my head But with the wrong words! By the light of the fire their faces All begin to crumble And they fall to their knees They laugh at my expense! Bloodsuckers! I could crush you with my thumb. Bloodsuckers! I’m so sick of your tricks How I wish the sun would come. I can make lyrics rhyme All the time But that don’t soothe my spine. Just making a melody Should be enough for me But you like watching me lose my mind… They’re crawling up my knees now And requesting a song about love But I know I’m being teased now So I’m singing a song about getting squeezed by… Bloodsuckers! I could crush you with my thumb. Bloodsuckers! I’m so sick of your tricks How I wish the sun would come.
1
Bloodsuckers (Microvamplings Remix) - Dead Red Velvet (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:37
15
Firefly (Janine's Secret Chord Mix) - Janine White The Mongrel Mixes
More: Lyrics
04:50

Lyrics:

I could start a fire Inside this belly, burning bright All my veins light up like wires, Lambent skin cuts through the night While the stars dim behind me. A luminescent choir Holds court inside my lungs - Your love my burning pyre, Your lust my mother tongue. Now I’m burning brighter And something in the darkness starts to shine… Burning brighter, burning bright Like a fire in the night Burning brighter, burning bright Finding friends inside the light. Something has surrendered Something’s been set free I could start a fire Dancing, flaming, burning wild With phosphorous desires. Now I’m burning brighter And something in the darkness starts to shine… Burning brighter, burning bright Like a fire in the night Burning brighter, burning bright Finding friends inside the light.
16
Great White Shark (Original TV Version) - Timothy Glasgow The Mongrel Mixes
03:53
17
The Body Lies (WBO Industrial Mix) - Mark Thibodeau The Mongrel Mixes
04:57

Lyrics:

Your eyes can touch me Your scent can embrace me Your voice can graze my skin And that’s what I’ll miss most of all. I want to believe it - and trust what the body can know But the body lies. Your eyes evade me Your silence betrays me The lies your body told were so unkind. And I couldn’t face it - I was a cliche, and behold You couldn’t save my soul. I couldn’t face it, I couldn’t face what I know. The body lies. My body lied, your body lied, The body lies.
1
The Body Lies (WBO Industrial Mix) - Mark Thibodeau (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:59