Review – Halfway to Hollywood

By: Jenna Melanson

EP – Rain
Release Date – September 20, 2014
iTunes Link –
Genre – Pop

Vancouver based pop band, Halfway to Hollywood has just released their third EP, “Rain”. The EP was eagerly awaited by fans of the band, since their second EP, “Party Like It’s Prom Night” was released on March 1, 2013.

If you follow Canadian Beats at all, you’ve definitely read about Halfway to Hollywood as myself, and the writers are all huge fans, and have been part of the fan base that have been anxiously awaiting the new music.

Grant Walker (Vocals/ Guitar) , Brenden White (Bass) & Roman Zugarazo (Drums) make up the pop trio, and when you watch them in videos, or performing live, it is clear that they are loving what they are doing, and of course you can hear that through the music as well.

The EP features 5 songs, including the single, “We Are The Wild Ones” that has been in regular rotation in my house since the release. I can see that the rest of the songs will be no different. Each song is the type of song that pulls me in. “Moments” is my favourite on the EP, after listening twice, I was already singing along. Grant’s vocals are absolutely amazing in this song. I hope to see this one become a single, because I think it will be a hit!

“Me Against the World” is not far behind in terms of my favourites on the EP, but then again, I find it hard to pick a favourite when each song is as good as the last. This song attracts me more specifically as it is a more inspirational song, about doing what you want to, and working hard to get what you want. It’s a super song, that I would recommend to anyone.

Now I have to mention the last song, “Please, Please”, as it’s the slow song on the album and even though it’s less energetic, it really showcases Grant’s vocals, which I didn’t think I could enjoy more, but in this song, he proved me wrong. The song has a raw, natural feeling to it, which is very unlike most of the bands songs, but it fits in well, and gives the fan base a chance to hear a different side of the band.

This EP is going to be played constantly in my house, and I highly recommend you all go to iTunes now, and purchase it! You won’t regret it.

Rating: 5/5

Connect with Halfway to Hollywood:

I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started with Hedley. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.



    Jessica Jones

    September 21, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Love this review! 🙂 I am already in love with the EP They did yet again another great job!


    Jillian Rogers

    September 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Rain is absolutely amazing!!! I purchased it the moment it was available on iTunes. It definitely showcases HTH’s wide range of abilities. I haven’t been able to pick a favourite….I love all of them in a different way. I am stoked to hear the songs on tour 😀


    Kyah Collison

    September 21, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    The EP is absolutely amazing, I do not have a favorite song from it at the moment but I’ve had them on replay since it came out. 🙂


    Lorena Yanez

    September 22, 2014 at 3:18 am

    I absolutely love Rain! It was released while I was at work, so I literally ran home to purchase it. I was not disappointed! I love that it’s a mix of fun and relatable. MATW is my personal fave because it’s so empowering. I just get so pumped to head out and take on the day. I have to agree with you on Grant’s vocals too. This EP shows how much he’s grown. There’s so much passion and strength behind his vocals.


    Kiah Kaltiainen (@Kiah_Fiction_K)

    September 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Another great review for a talented band. The first four songs on this EP have a great energy and are filled with rhythm and beats that make you want to get up and dance. If you need something to help you get pumped up for whatever reason, these songs will do it.

    “Me Against The World” is one of those songs (at least for me), that I can’t help but put on and feel strong and empowered against the world. If you need a good song to help you feel as though you can take on the world and are invincible, this is definitely one to add to your list! (And let’s face it, we all need at least one song that makes us feel that way).

    Every good album and EP needs an equally good power ballad to round things out and complete the musical journey that you’re taken on, and Halfway To Hollywood definitely didn’t disappoint! Grant is able to convey so much raw emotion in “Please, Please” that you can’t help but be moved by all the components of the song.

    Bottom line: Grant, Brenden and Roman have all outdone themselves once again with another fantastic EP, and I can’t wait to see what they come up later on down the road.

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