El Sportivo & The Blooz Releases Second Single “Breaks My Heart”

By on February 21, 2013



STREAM: “Breaks My Heart”


Fitting with the lap steel licks and country undercurrent of the latest from our pals 

El Sportivo & the Blooz, the cinematic interpretation of “Waking World” is a four-

minute modern Western that takes on a magically surreal twist at the end.” 

 – Interview Magazine


When you’re seeking out powerful rock n’ roll, you search below the surface. 

There is the shiny and pristine and then there is the subterranean and the 

primitive. The latter journey will take you across tequila-tangled guitar lines 

bashed out in basements all across America. This is where you’ll find El 

Sportivo & The Blooz, a crew who understand the necessity of rawness, 

urgency, and the sacral strength of working under dim light. 


”We wanted to let things be loose and about inspiration, not about trying 

to hide the imperfections,” says Daron Hollowell, A.K.A. El Sportivo, about 

his LP debut Nights and Weekends. “We were just trying to capture ourselves 

in the room, in the moment, no over-thinking the performances or the mixes.” 


The original room was a dingy basement practice space in Brooklyn,

 covered in wall-to-wall cut outs of 70s rock magazine covers. Neil Young. 

Dylan. The Band. This is the spot that Hollowell rented in the dead of winter, 

to record the demos that he brought to the LA-based producer Lewis Pesacov. 

When you hear the record, you can hear these heroes breathing in the steel guitar 

and the searing guitar lines. Don’t mistake it for some hastily conceived, crudely cut 

record that you’ll forget about five minutes after it stops spinning. There are also 

subtle hallmarks of deep thought and consideration-deliberation that gets 

discarded at the moment of recording, allowing for inspiration and improvisation. 


You might have initially caught the boozy vapors of El Sportivo & Co. two 

years ago. They released an eponymous EP on White Iris, the imprint that 

Hollowell co-owns-one of the first to release records from Best Coast,

 FIDLAR, Fools Gold and Foreign Born. Lewis Pesacov, the lead guitarist of

 the latter two bands, produced the entirety of El Sportivo’s sessions. The other 

proprietor of White Iris, Pesacov was instrumental in the sculpting of El Sportivo’s 

sound, overseeing everything from equipment set-up to the right alchemy of alcohol. 


The band recorded in Los Angeles, seeking to capture the dark Santa Ana vibrations 

that sweep through the eastside hills every fall. Like many great records, it attempts

 to understand the feeling of both being trapped and being free. It wants to know 

what’s beneath the crust and mantle. 


”I found what I was looking for-a way to balance all my feelings and thoughts 

about music,” Hollowell said. “Making this album reminded me why I started. 

It was about holding a guitar, writing songs, and playing them in a room 

with people who understood.


Live Shows

2/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Origami Vinyl
2/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Cid
2/27 – New York, NY @ Pianos
3/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Gutter



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Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.