Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Rob Coxford Of Hollow Graves

Photo credit – Jake Chirico. Courtesy of Auteur Research.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Hollow Graves are back at it again with a self-produced new single “Marriott,” part of a new slew of tunes written in a live performance setting to encapsulate the band’s sound, which borders on grunge and psych rock, with some indie sensibility.

The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with singer Rob Coxford about “Marriott” and more.

Music Bugle – How did you decide the band name?

Rob Coxford – When we started this project, we were toying around with a bunch of names. We went through a few ideas and just started tossing names out. Hollow Graves just stuck with us.

Music Bugle – What made you want to put out “Marriott” as a single?

Rob Coxford – It just felt relevant to everything that’s going on during the pandemic. My apartment was flooded, so I had to move into a tiny hotel room for a few months until I could find a new apartment. I think we all feel like we’ve been trapped inside for the good part of a year and this song touches on the stress of staying in one place and trying to hold it all together while the world is falling apart.

Music Bugle – Which of your new songs were the hardest to write?

Rob Coxford – We’re currently finishing up a record we’ve been working on for over a year. Some songs come naturally, where others required time to really get a feeling right. It’s hard to pinpoint which songs were the most challenging because each have their own obstacles to overcome. 

Music Bugle – What do you miss the most about live performances?

Rob Coxford – Everything. The people, the music, the vibe, the overpriced drinks, the low payout. All of it.

Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?

Rob Coxford – The versatility of where we can go with it. We don’t feel tied down to a specific genre, so we’re able to try new things and see if it sticks. Some people probably like some songs over others because we’re creating a different vibe with each song we write. If people like some songs over others, cool. If they like it as a whole, even better.

Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?

Rob Coxford – It can be a double-edged sword. It can help propel artists to the next step in their career, but it can also be an invasive “Keeping Up With The Joneses” feed where you’re posting everything you do in a day in an attempt to stay relevant. Do fans want to see you make breakfast every morning? Some do, some don’t.

Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Rob Coxford – Not playing live has got us down, but it’s given us time to record and release music. This song was written rather quickly and felt really in the moment musically and lyrically. We hope to be back in venues, getting sweaty and vibing as soon as the pandemic is over.

Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?

Rob Coxford – Lev Snowe, Dream Seer, Jiiants, Faiyaz and The Wasted Chances.

Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?

Rob Coxford – “Aim low. Aim so low no one will even care if you succeed. Dinner’s in the oven. If you want some butter, it’s under my face,” by Marge Simpson.

Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need an escape?

Rob Coxford – Our jam space. It’s really the only place we’ve been able to venture to outside of our homes. It’s where we go to relieve stress and work on tunes.

*Photo Credit – Jake Chirico*

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