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The Holloways interview: Highs, lows and a scuppered reunion (Series 3, Episode 8)

Noughties North London rockers The Holloways formed with a simple premise, outlined in their Top 20 smash and signature song 'Generator': making the music to make you feel better.

However, underneath their calypso-pop indie sound and raucously fun live performances was a darker side. Frankly, few bands before or since have suffered as much misfortune: in the space of a few short years, their label went bust, the pub they lived and practiced in burned down and the band split as members quit in disillusionment.

Holloways bassist Bryn Fowler joins us on this episode to pick through the highs and lows of the band's career. From London band turf wars to his memories of nights at the legendary Nambucca venue, it's all here. With planned reunion gigs as part of the Propaganda tour scuppered by Covid (typical Holloways luck...), we also find out if there's another chapter of the band's story yet to be written.

Elsewhere on the episode, Rick and Sarah run the rule over Shame's excellent new album 'Drunk Tank Pink' as it crashes the Top 10 of the UK albums chart and ask: when was the last time you saw a live performance as good as this on TV, let alone Soccer AM?

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