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HOLY HOLY have today announced a national Australian tour celebrating the release of their brand new single Darwinism, an evocative tune that is as evolutionary for the band as the name suggests, and the first single to be lifted from their highly anticipated sophomore record.
Darwinism got its start in a hotel bathroom. “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”. Weeks later, Dawson and Carroll explored the idea further in a tiny studio set-up in London, and in April the band recorded in Melbourne, inviting horns along too. “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 such tools help provide new tones and straddle the balance between authentic and synthetic. Carroll’s lyrics having a way of cutting through, and “Darwinism” is no different, bringing to life a couple’s relationship juxtaposed against the song’s driving riffs and melodic lines.
The band work differently from most; From Launceston to Brisbane and Melbourne, songs are sent back and forth. Ideas are captured in different cities, then come together when the members meet up again, be it for a tour, rehearsal, sound-check or show. Their long distance music affair has resulted in a truly unique sound: layers of melodies, evocative storytelling, and passionate rhythms.
After a huge 2015 with the release of their debut album When The Storms Would Come, a remarkable collection of songs which debuted at #11 on the ARIA charts and landed in the top ten on iTunes, HOLY HOLY are completely in control of their sound, in the studio and on the stage. The band will be heading back out on tour in November and will have a few surprises up their sleeves for the punters. Guitarist Dawson enthuses, “The sound has developed and expanded. We’re using different textures, stretching out the sound, playing louder and swapping instruments in some instances…so the show has become more exciting and vibrant.”