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Sleepy Hollow have sold thousands of copies of their EP and "Goin' Over" full-length CD worldwide since their inception in 1999. They are a tough group to label - delving in the realms of Acid Rock, Prog, and Metal, with passages more reminiscent of jazz or classical than rock music. The main lineup of Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Keyboards (with band members sharing vocal duties) is often augmented by instances of acoustic folky or classical instruments, such as flute. Their long-awaited album "Legend" - featuring an eclectic 2 hrs. of music - has been released July 2010, following a one-disc "heavy metal" version (featuring alternate mixes and non-album tracks) entitled "the Lazarus Project" out December 2008. Guitarist Matt "the Mole" Schwarz has performed solo at Renaissance Faires and elsewhere, playing traditional ballads and early music on harp, guitar, mandola, flute, recorder, etc. He has released a CD of acoustic folk songs (traditional and original) and one of solo harp instrumentals. He also performed and recorded with Sarabande (who combine Renaissance music with Irish jigs & reels and wild gypsy tunes), with Castle Musicale (a medieval/renaissance group), and played harp in the Castle Rock Orchestra (which debuted a number of Matt's orchestral works, including the finale to his symphony).  Matt is currently playing guitar in Denver rock band Odin's Other Eye and new progressive metal group Sold Future.

Joe Dell to help host 80's Wrestling Con in Freehold NJ on April 27 2019 - March 21, 2019

Joe Dell will be a part of the massive post Wrestlemania event called 80's Wrestling Con which has been assembled by long time WWE associate Tommy Fierro. The con will be host to many Wrestling legends like Ricky the Dragon Steamboat and Jake the Snake Roberts plus many many more, there will be booths where one can by a classic piece of wrestling memorabilia to have signed by their favorite wrestlers. Link to web site in Links section under [Friends]

A quote that Joe wanted to share - February 27, 2019

"There is no such thing as a bad song, just a song who's time hasn't arrived yet" Anonymous 

20 Year anniversary for the Sopranos! and another New Jersey Legend... Sleepy Hollow Band! What will be done to celebrate? - January 12, 2019

This year marks the 20 year anniversary for the legendary show The Sopranos. There will be a prequel movie released for the celebration. 

Sleepy Hollow Band was formed at the same circa. Joe Dell had met Dan Castiel. Joe had just left Spectrum Green and Dan Thrill Seeker. They saw similarities in their music tastes though their prior bands held different musical directions and ideas. 

Enter Frank Melick into the mix, a diverse drummer who had just left the face painted U.S. Bandit. 

The final element would be Matt Schwarz. The Brian Jones of the band. 

In late 1999 the foursome would release their 8 song demo (4 songs of which ended up on the ground breaking 2000 Soundwell E.P. and the other 4 on Legend in 2010) and then embark on a series of live shows including headlining a Woodstock festival and NYC legendary Limelight. 

This unique combo produced a very unique music style along with a very entertaining live show. 

While other bands were following the Hard Cor Punk and Alternative fads of the time, as stated from Megaforce recording artist Ronnie Ace, Sleepy Hollow Band came out of nowhere with hints of their influences but sounding like none. 

Their extremely diverse stylings prevented landing a label; labels at the time wanted to pigeon hole bands with 1 sound and Sleepy Hollow had no interest in being caught in a hamster wheel. They wanted the artistic freedom of being able to create any and every song they wished.

Unfortunately, friction at the time caused the break-up of the original Sleepy Hollow band in 2001. 

The Sleepy Hollow Band's sound and influence can be heard in many bands some contemporaries and some who would come later. 

Songs like From Above opened the doors for many Space Rock bands while the Sleepy Hollow track changed the prog and art rock for the new Millennium.

Goin' Over, while Joe Dell admits was influenced by Iced Earth Horror Show when it came to sound and production of the album can easily seen as an influence on Iced Earth and Opeth in way of Hammond Organ showed up on both band's albums that would be released after Goin' Over. 

The Lazarus Project was hailed for teaching kids about Heavy Metal by producing 4 decades of styling on 1 album. 

Sleepy Hollow Band Legend would be the bands finest hour, or shall we say 2 1/2 hours. Financed completely by the band, it would be engineered by Bob Both (James Brown & Mutha Records) along with Ken Kelly (Rainbow Kiss Manowar) artwork on the cover. 

Legend broke so many barriers with its diverse sounds and styles, complex arrangements and artistic production. 

Legend's influence can be heard on Opeth's track Slither which beginning riff and guitar sound come straight out of Mole's guitar lead in Aristotle's Lantern. Tori Amos took a page from the Sleepy Hollow Band book with her next release titled Night of Hunters. 

Sleepy Hollow Band can be heard in many more bands when one does the homework. 

As far as a new release and tour. The band no longer have the funds to produce self releases and promotions. But, Dan and Joe have been talking and there is a buzz. If the right opportunity arises, the original line-up would be inclined to re-unite. Fans would love to see what this eclectic group of musicians would produce now, 20 years later. One can be assured, it would NOT sound like anything else out usual....

...but for now...we can be thankful for their contribution to the world of rock music and opening the doors in the tri-state area along with the rest of the world for other bands who do not want to be trapped in a prison cell of redundant sound and style, allowing them to express themselves from the soul rather than pop culture. 

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