The Hollow Points
The Black Spot
Producer: Duane Peters
Released: February 15, 2005
Matty McKinney – Vocalist/guitarist
Ben Early- bassist
Ben Colley – drummer
1. Never Say Die (1:59)
2. The Sickness (4:17)
3. Hooks & Sink-Her (2:59)
4. Rope’s End (3:01)
5. Telltale American (3:26)
6. Bereaved (2:46)
7. The Black Spot (3:41)
8. The Hemingway Solution (3:40)
9. Sleaze of Seven Seas (2:43)
10. My Misfortune (2:40)
11. No Cure for Me (2:47)
12. The Sky Turned Black (3:11)
13. Charcoal Tears (3:02)
14. Pieces of Eight (2:38)
The Seattle-based Hollow Points left me wondering what they were before listening to them. With a name like Hollow Points, I thought they were a 1990’s hip-hop band. I had the album for about six months before putting it on. I finally get around to it, then the first song comes on, and . . . I hate the vocal. I turn it off, and don’t get around to listening for another month or so, same thing, not liking the first song, but track two is really good, sounds like a different singer, then track three sounds different from the other two, and so on. The singer really has quite a few sounds, but as the album goes on, they fall into that group — that listened to too much Social Distortion, and Rancid. Good, but not incredibly original.
The Hollow Points formed in 2002. Vocalist/guitarist Matty McKinney, bassist Ben Early, and drummer Ben Colley released the 2004 Annihilation EP through Dirtnap before signing with Duane Peters (of Duane Peters Gunfight, and professional skateboarder), and his Disaster label for their 2005 album, The Black Spot. In January 2006, they added a second guitarist Will McCarthy.
Lyrically they’re more “politically” aware than the average band (with the exception of Bad Religion), sardonically pledging “allegiance to country exchange and foreign labor,” paying homage to Ernest Hemingway’s suicide. The use of the Spanish guitar and maracas in Pieces of Eight and My Misfortune really gives them an unusual “flare’.
Rating: ** * two out of three stars
The standout cut is The Sickness, and Hooks & Sink-Her.
If you can find it, buy it.
On to the story . . .
In November or December of 2009, I was bored. I had been out of work for a little better than a year, and every job I landed is a sit down at a desk for 8 to 9 hours a day job. In order to support a family I take these jobs, but in the back of my mind, I always saw myself doing something like the guys on American Chopper, or Monster Garage (minus the massive amounts of extramarital affairs). But I have no mechanical skills. I can change tires, and perform a shitty brake job. That’s pretty much my auto skills.
But back in the ‘70’s, I was a skateboard whiz. With my Dad’s toolbox, I could change trucks, wheels, bearings, and strip grip tape in a matter of minutes. So, one morning I told my Wife I wanted to get tools to build skateboards. She was cool with it. She asked if I had any idea how to do this? Nope, not a clue. OK. In all actuality, I saw what I wanted in my head, but not sure how to get the result.
My Wife bought me between $75.00 and $100.00 in gift cards for Home Depot.
So, I bought the following:
1. Ryobi 120 V 0.3 Amp Detail Sander
2. BLACK & DECKER 4.5A Variable Speed Jig Saw
3. BLACK & DECKER Smart Select 12v Drill
4. And lots of sandpaper.
So, I got to work, and created a template (long piece of paper, half size) traced it onto the wood, flipped it, and traced to the other side. I hand drew and painted six of them.
In January, I bought the wheels and trucks (Independents) for the board I wanted to keep and rode it. Shitty. I originally made the board 10 and ½ inched wide, and 32 or 33 inches long. It was like riding a fucking plank. So, back in the house, I created a new template, making the board 31 inches long, and 9 inches wide, and creating a curvature above the back wheels, making the board in a goldfish shape (almost).
I put the board back together, and the ride was perfect. I had a local shop do the grip tape, and assembly. I’ve been riding every night since January. I’m not quite ready for a skate park, but a lot of the feel has come back.
After I built the initial six, I immediately had people put dibs on all of them, but one. So, seeing that these would be moderately popular, I created a site to hawk them. For the hand-made boards I charge $20.00 each (Essington Skates), and soon afterward I created three boards that will be mass-produced (Zazzle Store).
I like the look of the mass-produced boards, but there is something to be said for working on something with your hands, the cutting, measuring, sanding, and drilling (no, I’m not talking about a porn movie I did). There is a feeling of accomplishment that you can’t get from sitting at a desk nine to five.
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