Hollis Brown was started in Queens, New York City in 2009 by college friends and songwriting partners Jon Bonilla and Mike Montali. Upon writing over fifty songs together, they decided to take things to the next level and form a band. After a self-released demo, they were signed to Alive Natural Sound, releasing their debut "Ride On The Train" in March 2013. Critical acclaim soon followed as Rolling Stone, Spin, and American Songwriter all premiered material from the album. On April 19, 2014, they released an exclusive Record Store Day tribute to The Velvet Underground.