Earlier this year, Hollerado dropped a bombshell on their fans, announcing that they would be disbanding after releasing one last album (the upbeat Retaliation Vacation) and performing one last run of shows.
One of the first shows they performed after releasing the album was Ottawa’s HOPE Volleyball SummerFest, at which time we caught up with lead singer Menno Versteeg. Throughout the interview, it became clear that they were at peace with the decision, and were enjoying the ride to the finish line. “We’re all still best friends, we’ve had the best time, we’ve gotten to travel the world and make all these new friends. So we just figured it would be a good time.” There’s certainly something to be said about parting on good terms.
At the time, he mentioned that a supergroup was in the works, which we’ve come to find out includes Sam Roberts, Chris Murphy (Sloan) and Dave Monks (Tokyo Police Club) under the name Anyway Gang, and released a debut single. Meanwhile, Jake Boyd formed a side project of his own named Girlfriend Material in 2017 with two other members of Tokyo Police Club, Graham Wright and Josh Hook.
Since forming in 2007 in Manotick, Hollerado has had a wild ride, and will get to finish things off with a few last shows this year. While the Friday night Bronson Centre Music Theatre show has received most of the publicity as the ‘last Ottawa show’, those willing to make the drive out to Neat Coffee Shop in Burnstown on Sunday will get to see the band in an intimate venue, much closer to their 2007 roots. The hundred or so fans who managed to grab tickets before they sold out will get to enjoy the boys… one last time.
Hollerado will be playing two shows this weekend, Friday at Ottawa’s Bronson Centre Theatre, and Sunday in Burnstown’s Neat Coffee Shop. As with most of their shows on this farewell tour, tickets are sold out.