Canadian indie rock outfit Hollerado has just announced its fourth studio album, Retaliation Vacation. Unfortunately for its fans, it will also serve as the band’s final album.
Along with a brand new single, One Last Time, it was also revealed on Sunday afternoon that the four-piece would be calling it quits after releasing the album and conducting one final tour.
Hollerado was formed in Ottawa in 2007. Since then, they’ve released three albums, a number of demos and EPs, and even launched their own record label Royal Mountain Records (PUP, Mac DeMarco, Calpurnia), in 2009.
“It was 12 years ago yesterday that we played our first ever show at our friend’s bar in Montreal for $40 and a whole bunch of weed,” the band wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. “Since then, we’ve had the best time, all the time, and now it’s time to move on to other things.”
“All adventures have an end and we feel that we have reached ours,” they added. “We wanted to say goodbye by making one last record.”
Retaliation Vacation will be released under Royal Mountain Records on June 7. It’s the band’s first album produced, engineered and mixed by themselves.
Hollerado is comprised of longtime friends Menno Versteeg (singer and guitarist), Dean Baxter (bassist), Jake Boyd (drummer) and Nixon Boyd (lead guitarist).
Although many fans are sad to hear of the group’s demise, the guys wanted to make sure people knew there was no bad blood and that their decision was mutual.
“We are all still best friends in the world,” they ensured, “and will cherish every second that we got to spend playing music together.”
@hollerado has announced their last ever album, “Retaliation Vacation,” which will be released on 6/7. For now, listen to their first single and video, ‘One Last Time’ and join us in the nostalgia. Link: https://t.co/3QW5XyHGXu
— Royal Mountain Records (@royalmtn) February 19, 2019
“Of course we’re gonna do one last tour and it’s going to be the best time ever,” they wrote. “We’re gonna play with all our dear friend bands and maybe even coax a few out of retirement (we’re looking at you Free Energy, Fang Island, Young Rival, Malajube, Topanga, Bob Marley).”
“The thing we are most grateful for is the friends we made along the way,” they added.
“Much love, thanks, and beautiful memories (and some still to come), Menno, Nick, Jake and Dean,” they concluded.
A number of close friends and fans took to Twitter to share their sadness and kind words regarding Hollerado’s impending disbandment.
Cheers ❤️😘 https://t.co/37coZJkjXr
— Hollerado (@hollerado) February 20, 2019
.@hollerado is one of the greatest bands that (most of) america has never heard of. joyous, riffy, sing-along rock played by genuinely righteous dudes. it bums me out to think i may not see em live again, but i’ll be damned if the few shows i did see weren’t among the best. https://t.co/tOdNV53syj
— Zachary Ryan (@ZachariusD) February 20, 2019
@TheBalconies killed it, @puptheband became my favourite band ever that night but @hollerado taught me how much music means when, even though their equipment was crapping out, they invited everyone on stage and we had a huge party and I fell in love with music
— Lance Warwick (@lancewarwick_) February 20, 2019
Aww this is sad. I remember finding out about Hollerado the same day I found out about Said The Whale (I was 13) and within 6 months they were both my top 2 artists on https://t.co/j8J58nXqdr . Sad times! But excited for the new album. https://t.co/LuflDFqQjr
— Harrison Ling (@harrisoniling) February 20, 2019
1st show I saw at the Silver Dollar was Hollerado. There was maybe 6 people in the crowd. They killed it. I didn't have any money but they gave me 'a cd in a bag' from their merch table. The cd never worked
— Luca Capone (@TheNightShiftTO) February 19, 2019
I have so many tumultuous feelings about @Hollerado releasing their final album this year. So much of my teenaged life found meaning through their music, their values, and their performances. This is a deep growing pain.
— maddi (@maddigagnon) February 20, 2019
— Lilly MacTavish (@ivyandocean) February 20, 2019
rip @hollerado. this is the most impactful celebrity death of my life.
— 🥕christmas itooooooooooooooooooooo (@it0pal) February 19, 2019
@hollerado sad to see you end – all things must pass – but I hope you get back together for 8 reunion tours starting in 2020
— M A R T Y (@martyzylstra) February 20, 2019
I’m literally SO SAD!!!!!! Going to Hollerado shows has been such a staple in my life for the last decade 😭😭😭😭😭
— Robin (@RobinPahks) February 20, 2019
— TJ Connors (@tjconnorstweets) February 20, 2019
— Manotick Messenger (@RideauOsgoode) February 20, 2019
The band also hinted at one final performance on The Strombo Show, where Canadian radio DJ and journalist George Stroumboulopoulos often invites local or popular bands to perform in his own home — or the ‘House of Strombo.’
“As if we’re not stopping by for one last lil’ rip at Strombo’s house,” wrote Hollerado.
I mean as if we’re not stopping by for one last Lil’ rip at Strombo’s house.
— Hollerado (@hollerado) February 20, 2019
“Dates to be announced soon,” the band concluded. “You can expect some further surprises and more music news to be announced soon.”
As of this writing, Hollerado has only revealed their final show, which takes place at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on Dec. 13.
More are expected to be announced soon. “If you don’t see your town,” wrote the band, “don’t hesitate to ask. We’ll do our best to make it work.”
JUST ANNOUNCED: Canadian indie-rock band @Hollerado are playing their last show at @TheDanforthMH on Dec 13th, in support of their upcoming final album, 'Retaliation Vacation'! Don't risk missing out on these tickets, get yours this Friday at 10am. RSVP: https://t.co/SsIgJBEcSI pic.twitter.com/0mEacLPlr4
— Danforth Music Hall (@TheDanforthMH) February 19, 2019
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Feb. 21.
Hollerado farewell tour
Dec. 13 – Toronto, Ont. @ The Danforth Music Hall
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