Hollowstar – Hollowstar (Self Released)

It’s a tough time to be a young British rock band. The hard yards are getting harder. The knockbacks more frequent. And the evidence of talented peers spat out and spurned, an increasingly prevalent sight. So what suggests Hollowstar can be the next Stone Broken, rather than simply broken?

The Cambridgeshire quartet’s self-titled debut is evidence enough. Ok – it may owe more to Transatlantic giants Black Stone Cherry and Conspirators-era Slash than any homegrown heroes but perhaps that’s the plan. There’s an appetite for heavy commercial rock with heart and Hollowstar have both in spades.

Frontman and bass player Joe Bonson sets the tone alongside brother and drummer Jack. The furiously tight siblings lay the foundation for Hollowstar’s best work – their steady rhythm allowing twin guitarists Phil Haines and Tom Collett the opportunity to shine on a record that rarely loses its thrust.

Singles All I Gotta Say and Lay You Down have already become familiar rock radio staples but two anthems for The New Wave Of British Classic Rock are the tip of the iceberg here. As debuts go Hollowstar’s remarkably mature effort is encouraging on every level.

Delivering on their potential during this month’s UK headline tour is the next challenge facing the Bonson brothers and their axe-wielding mates. But everything about this band suggests Hollowstar will have it covered.