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DENNIS HOLLSTRÖM & THE PONIES

 

LONG STORY (narrative point of view)
I grew up in a small misty industrial town by a harbour in southern Sweden
with my two brothers and parents. There was always music in the house and it
made a lot of impact on me. My mother told me that she used to dance with me
in her arms all the time to Mellencamp and Springsteen albums when I was a
baby. My father is a blues guitarist and one day he placed a guitar in my room
and gave me the advice to start writing my own songs, and so I did. Later on, me
and my two brothers formed the indie garage rock bands The Shy Lads and
Wonder Coast with a couple of friends, we toured in Europe and released
records on labels.

 

It wasn’t until I was 30 years old that american folk music started to have a
bigger impact on me. I just loved how some of them sang straight from the
heart with breathtaking lyrics. After several road trips through the U.S., country
and folk rock music started sipping through into my own musical style. So I
gathered my experiences and influences to make something that felt honest to
me.

 

After the dissolution of my former bands I decided to do something with the
new acoustic based songs I had written. It was a solo effort but I still wanted the
friendship and the community of a band. That same year I formed what was to
become Dennis Hollström & The Ponies. Together with my youngest brother
Jonas Hollström, Matilda Hjärtstam, Derry Davey, Kasper Hellström and
Johannes Renklint. I’ve always loved to sing my heart out with no restrictions
and with the band’s own personal touch it feels extra good to sing these songs.
The lyrics mostly tackles small town life in southern Sweden with it’s characters
and romantic dreams of getting out to live the adventurous life on the road. Sort
of a self-reflection I guess. /Dennis

 

SHORT STORY (noun)
Romantic indie small town folk rock from the misty coast of southern Sweden.
With lyrics about local communities, county fairs and factory workers. The
message is to spread warmth and togetherness. A sense of common ground where
we erase the line between the audience and the stage and share the heat of the
moment together.

 

/Dennis