New EP, ‘Love Stories,’ Out NOW!
Houston, TX Rock Band HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD has released the official music video for their single “Movies.” Directed, shot, and edited by Blake Ralston, “Movies” is off of the band’s Valentine’s Day released EP, Love Stories.
“We wrote this song about a time in our lives that’s very dear to us, and probably everyone. When everything was exciting & you and your friends had that new found freedom, one of y’all just started driving or something. You had that person you were crushing on, and you all just wanted to go out and have fun, every time hoping you’d run in to that one person wherever you all went, or building up the courage to ask them out.
It’s funny now to see this video come out at a time like this. It’s a song about going out and being with friends, youthful nostalgia, and we’re all locked in our homes right now on quarantine. The irony sure is funny, but we hope this gives you something to enjoy and remember those good times, while looking forward to more to come.
We got to step into what we consider a “big studio” for the first time as a band for this EP, and had Matt Noveskey of Blue October at the helm producing. Along with Matt Meli (engineer/mixing), they really helped to bring the “Love Stories” to life for us at Orb Studios in Austin, TX. We wanted the video to feel just as “larger than life” as that recording experience did for us!” – NICK DEES (Lead Guitarist)
“Movies” is one of those songs that you know is destined for great things on the very first listen. No pretentious BS, no filler. And the hooks and melodies are irresistible. The video is the perfect visual complement to the song. To me it’s the classic tale of freedom, camaraderie and the human connection. Watching a video like this reminds you that life is supposed to be FUN. Producing the song and being a part of the journey with the guys is a complete honor. The world needs content like this more than ever.” – MATT NOVESKEY (Producer / Bassist of Blue October)
HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD is a rock band based out of Houston, TX. Their sound combines powerful vocals, massive guitars, unforgettable melodies, relatable lyrics, and infectious pop hooks that will have you singing along before the first chorus ends. Since debuting in April 2015, HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD has built a dedicated fan base through their steady stream of live shows, and active social media presence. Notable acts that HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD has performed with include:
A Perfect Circle
The Dirty Heads
Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)
Scott Stapp (Creed)
Puddle of Mudd
Theory of a Deadman
Red Sun Rising
The Bunny The Bear
2018 saw HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD landing the opportunity of a lifetime, where they opened Bon Jovi’s “This House Is Not For Sale” tour date (READ MORE) at Houston’s Toyota Center (18,300 capacity), and led to HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD’s debut single “The Chase” being picked up and put into regular rotation on Houston’s biggest Rock/Alternative station 94.5 The Buzz. The song spent the second half of 2018 in the station’s Top 40, often making it’s way into the Top 20. “The Chase” finished out the year on The Buzz’s “Top 94 Songs of 2018” list.
Things have been on a steady upward climb for HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD since then. The band released the music video for “Save Me”, the title track off their debut EP in April of 2018, and toured the East Coast with The Bunny The Bear and It Lies Within in May. HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD performed at two of Houston’s biggest annual festivals, the “94.5 The Buzz Bud Light Roast” in July and “Buzzfest” in October. “The Roast” took place at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (16,500 capacity), where they shared the stage with Blue October, Awolnation, Theory of a Deadman, and Robert DeLong. A new video for “The Chase” was filmed at that show and released on July 25, 2018. HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD returned to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for “Buzzfest” in October, where they performed with A Perfect Circle, Chevelle, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, The Dirty Heads, The Struts, Badflower, and more. Houston Press listed HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD’s set as one of the festival’s Top 5 performances of the day (READ MORE).
The band spent 2019 recording new music, headlining shows at all of the major venues in the Houston area, and touring regionally. 2019 included HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD’s second performance with Blue October, where they headlined the second stage at Blue October’s 1st Annual “Houston Music & Arts Festival” at White Oak Music Hall (4,500 capacity). The band also did a run of dates with Candlebox, and numerous one off shows with bands such as Puddle of Mudd, Buckcherry, Hinder, Blacktop Mojo, and more. HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD was named “Rock Artist of the Year” at the 2019 H-Town Awards, where they were also nominated for “Entertainer of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year”. The band finished out 2019 with the release of their newest single “Take Me Home Tonight” (produced by Stephen Bogle), were nominated for six awards at the 2019 “Support Local Music Awards”, and headlined a multi-stage event at Houston’s Warehouse Live (1,800 capacity) to celebrate the band’s 5th Anniversary.
HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD released their second EP “Love Stories” on Valentine’s Day 2020. It features four new original songs produced by Blue October’s Matt Noveskey, plus a cover of Eddie Money’s hit “Take Me Home Tonight” produced by Grammy Nominated Producer Stephen Bogle. The music video for the lead single “Movies” was released on April 15, 2020