3 Shocking Years of Hard Rock!
A free concert to celebrate I-Rock 93.5’s 3-Year Anniversary!
3 Years Hollow
Over the past decade, the group has solidified itself as one of the Midwest’s most incendiary and infectious young acts. Their breakout independent single “Remember” charted at #1 on Octane, while “Chemical Ride” eclipsed 1 Million YouTube views. In 2014, 3 Years Hollow supported The Cracks (Imagen Records) with three (3) singles, all which cracked the Active Rock Top 40 chart and the Billboard Mainstream Rock Top 40 chart.
December 2021 brings new music with the single “Breaking Sound” through Imagen Records (ADA/Warner Music). “The song ‘Breaking Sound’ is the most recent song we’ve written as a group and I’m definitely looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks!” adds Jose. Ultimately, 3 Years Hollow constantly keeps the listeners in mind with that honesty. “Everything I write about is a completely personal experience or something I’ve witnessed or experienced myself,” he concludes. “I want to give everybody something real.”
Formed in 2016, Northern Illinois based alternative metal band Alborn consists of Justin Taylor [guitar/lead vocals], Alex Raser [Drums/vocals], Zame Lewis [bass] and Nate Guske [guitar/vocals]. Their sound has been compared to Deftones or a heavier version of Alice in Chains. But, make no mistake, Alborn has created something unique, hard and melodic.
As a startup, Alborn existed as a cover band under the name of “Alborn Theory”. But that’s not who they wanted to be. So in 2018, they shortened the name to “Alborn” and got to work. As part of that work, the band spent the latter part of that year tracking 10 original songs with Morgan Rose [Sevendust] & Jose Urquiza [3 Years Hollow] and started playing every live show they could. Those shows have now included sharing the stage with the likes of Shinedown, Sevendust, Buckcherry, Adelitas Way, Badflower, Gemini Syndrome, Plush and others.
Alborn has since released their EP, “Impairative” along with singles (“Full Circle”, “Cause to Create” and “Hindsight”) and have had initial success including Spotify’s Rock Hard playlist, SiriusXM Octane, Music Choice as well as terrestrial radio rotation.
The Forty Twos
During one of the most difficult times our generation has ever faced, four individuals found themselves at a complete stand still. All the things that they knew were coming to an end and a season of change was setting in. Hailing from the plains of the heartland, hard work is no stranger to The Forty Twos. When the music came to fruition not only was there a new chapter in all their lives starting to unfold also a new WHY came to be. Heart stopping drums wrapped up in screaming guitar melodies cranked up to 11 quickly became the standard at The Forty Twos rehearsals. However, the ‘why’ was discovered after some time. In a world of disconnection and mind numbing distractions, this music will bring you together with everybody in the room while also making you face emotions old and new alike.
The Hong Kong Sleepover
The Hong Kong Sleepover is a Miller Highlife fueled heavy metal band from Macomb, IL. When they aren’t guzzling down the champagne of beers, they are creating a groove laden brew of rock & roll steeped in heavy metal grit. The low and heavy sound of their music is only surpassed by their unique and raw vocals. The band’s lineup has been the same since their first release in 2008, featuring: Ted Renner (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Pete Thompson (Lead Guitar), Waylon Brown (Bass), Mike Kump (Drums).
Through the years, they have grown and evolved their sound into a genre one could perhaps call “beer metal”. But make no mistake, while they may just seem to be drunken goons you could hire to bust your boss’s kneecaps, their music hits you in the face harder than their boots. The band’s hard work and unparalleled live show has allowed them share the stage with acts such as: Puddle of Mudd, NONPOINT, Three Days Grace, Saliva, LA Guns and more.
Since being formed in 2007, The Hong Kong Sleepover has released three full length albums (Mustard 2008, Bolshevik Firecrackers 2013 and Butcher & Bolt 2019) and one 5 track EP (The Swedish Teaser 2011). Mustard was the album that helped established their fanbase with tracks like “The Greasy Wheel Song” and “Hatchet Man” getting constant airplay. Bolshevik Firecrackers brought a heavier side of the band and Butcher & Bolt is the perfect brew of the groove filled riffs of Mustard along with the heavy aggressiveness of Bolshevik Firecrackers.