Hollerado Lead Singer & Nazi Grandson Share Life-Saving Story in Video

By on August 1, 2013


Canada’s prodigal sons Hollerado have just released a video for the single “So It Goes” from their most recent LP White Paint on the band’s own label, Royal Mountain Records.  Directed by award-winning video director Marc Ricciardelli (Alexisonfire, City and Colour, Hedley) the documentary-esque video captures an incredible “reunion” and story of forgiveness.


The song is written about lead singer Menno Versteeg’s Dutch grandfather (seen above 2nd from left pointing to a map to help direct Canadian soldiers) and the incredible story of how his life was spared by a Nazi officer during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in WWII. After the war, Menno’s “Opa” who was part of the Dutch Resistance, testified on behalf of the former SS soldier during a tribunal and recounted how the man had compassionately spared his life.  In doing so, Menno’s grandfather help spare the German’s life in return.  With the help of the Dutch government, the band was actually able to track down the German’s grandson, and Menno and the grandson – who are alive today because of both of their grandfathers’ compassion and courage – have an emotional meeting in Munich while Hollerado was in Rotterdamn shooting the music video.  The best part is the meet-up is documented in the MuchFact supported video by Ricciardelli and included in a special long version of the video.  To read Menno’s first in-depth interview on the experience, and watch the long version of the touching video, please visit HuffPost Canada Music: http://huff.to/17TW8mS


Originally hailing from Manotick, a small town outside of Ottawa, Hollerado burst onto the world stage in 2010 with their debut Record In A Bag. The LP introduced music fans to Hollerado’s irresistible guitar-pop and earned them a 2011 JUNO nomination for “Best New Artist”.  Their savvy DIY approach, along with their incredible talent and tenacity, saw the band gain international attention in short order. Hollerado’s penchant for making super creative and share-worthy music videos like uber-viral Americanarama, which is over 1 Million YouTube views, helped solidify the bands’ popularity.  Tours in China and Brazil, and shows with Flaming Lips, Weezer and Jack White’s The Dead Weather soon followed.


In February 2013, Hollerado released their highly anticipated sophomore album White Paint. The 11 tracks stand out as a reflection of the sheer volume of life experience and the hundreds of shows members Menno Versteeg, Dean Baxter and brothers Nixon and Jake Boyd have played since forming in 2007.  The lead single  “Pick Me Up” hit #3 at Modern Rock and was the #1 most added track at Alternative after only three weeks at radio. “So It Goes” just hit Canadian radio last week and is already Top 20 on the Alternative radio chart and Top 20 on the BDS Modern Rock chart.


Fans can catch the band on an extensive headlining cross-Canada tour this fall.  Joining Hollerado on the tour is The Zolas and Toronto-based indie band PUP.  More dates will be announced soon.


Upcoming Tour Dates:



08.04 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival

08.09 – Fredericton, NB – FredRock

08.11 – Collingwood, ON – Wakestock

08.23 – Peteroborough, ON – KawarthaFest



09.13 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall

09.26 – Waterloo, ON – Starlight Social Club

09.27 – London, ON – Call The Office

10.03 – Guelph, ON – Peter Clark Hall
10.04 – Hamilton, ON – Casbah Lounge

10.05 – Ridgeway, ON – The Sanctuary

10.11 – Detroit, MI – Crofoot Pike Room
10.12 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room

10.19 – Quebec, QC – Le Cercle

10.31 – Sudbury, ON – The Townehouse

11.01 – Sault Ste. Marie – Loplop Lounge & Gallery

11.02 – Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks

11.05 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s

11.07 – Lethbridge, AB – The Slice

11.08 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room

11.09 – Calgary, AB – Republik

11.10 – Nelson, BC – Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel

11.12 – Kamloops, BC – The Blue Grotto

11.13 – Kelowna, BC – Habitat

11.14 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom

11.15 – Cumberland, BC – Waverly Hotel

11.16 – Victoria, BC – Sugar Nightclub

11.17 – Whistler, BC – Garibaldi Lift Company

11.20 – Canmore, AB – Communitea Café

11.21 – Medicine Hat, AB – Schooners Pub

11.22 – Regina, SK – The Exchange

11.23 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre






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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.