The first new music from Holy Fuck we’ve heard in quite a while! Happily, they’ve slotted right back into the kind of weirdo grooves we remember them being in, although the band reckon that Congrats is a more condensed form of their sound. Either way, it stomps and flares and sizzles and slaps, and is lots of fun. On Innovative Leisure.
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Oh shit it’s Holy Fuck. Watch out they’re coming this way and they’ve got synths and illegal fireworks and one of them is juggling snares. This might be it for us, it’s been an honour reviewing with you, and wait, what’s one of them carrying, is… that’s a diploma. Happy graduation, dude, congrats. Nice one. Intro to Poli Synth really paid off.
‘Congrats’ being like, a new record by a band in hiding for six years, there’s some cause for celebration, and here they sort of lurk gloomily in the background while their ferocious dance-rock dirge does most of the talking. The vocals panned way out back on opener “Chimes Broken” as the song slowly bows its head towards an eruption of synth melodies and blustery, Lightning Bolt-lite drums, they sound like a more bombastic Cloudland Canyon -- energetic, but somewhat ghostly. The buzzsaw bass grooves and that feeling of a distant, nauseous noise rock happening elsewhere on “Tom Tom” makes me realise how pivotal Holy Fuck have been -- you can trace a lineage between bands like themselves, Liars, and Vision Fortune, all using electronics to subdue an otherwise heady rock broth.
And it’s kinda pretty, no? Maybe that’s not the word I’m looking for, but after the lovely “Tom Tom”, with its kosmische segue and marching drum climax, the band go on to make fun, almost inviting rhythms and often relax their frantic tempos. On “Xed Eyes”, their vocals melt into their synths alongside joyous screams and tinkering percussion, while “House of Glass” uses shimmering textures to demarcate the gloopier, more pounding stuff with an almost skygazing approach to synth. It’s like EDM fighting Tangerine Dream for a little respect.
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