Triple J favourites on way to Coast
AFTER a huge 2015 which featured the release of their debut album When The Storms Would Come, TripleJ favourites Holy Holy are heading for the Sunshine Coast.
When The Storms Would Come is a remarkable collection of songs which debuted at No.11 on the ARIA charts and the band's national tour will celebrate the release of the new single Darwinism - a car crash of melody and a track of blistering energy.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Tim Carroll's lyrics have a way of cutting through and Darwinism brings to life a couple's relationship juxtaposed against the song's driving riffs and melodic lines.
"We built the song around that opening riff which I came up with while we were on tour last year,” he said.
"I remember the boys were all asleep in the apartment and I was looking for a place to play so I locked myself in the bathroom and was making some recordings on my phone.
"I felt straight away it could work as a full band track...”
Weeks later, Carroll and Oscar Dawson (guitarist, co-songwriter and band co-founder) explored the idea further in a tiny studio in London in between shows.
"Later Oscar wrote a score and we had Ross Irwin and Kieran Conrau come in a lay down this big sweeping horn part,” he said.
Speaking of the song's effusive energy, Dawson enthuses, "The horns are a fresh thing for us. We wanted the horns to be textural, using a band like The National or Radiohead as examples”.
Pitch-shifting effects pedals and other tools help provide new tones and straddle the balance between authentic and synthetic.
Now the band has hit the road on a tour which promises a few surprises.
"The sound has developed and expanded,” Dawson enthuses.
"We're using different textures, stretching out the sound, playing louder, swapping instruments in some instances, and for some of the shows we may even bring some horns along.
"So the show has become more exciting and vibrant.”
Holy Holy will hit the stage at The Sol Bar next Friday, November 25, supported by dream-pop collective and Triple J favourite I Know Leopard and Alex L'Estrange, who launched his career when he put a song up on Soundcloud where was discovered by Hilly Dilly and DIY.