HOLY HOLY have today announced a national Australian tour to celebrate the release of their brand new single Darwinism, the first single lifted from their highly anticipated sophomore record, set for release in 2017. Currently the 5th most played track on triple j, Darwinism is an evocative tune that is as evolutionary for the band as the name suggests. HOLY HOLY will be hitting the road in November, supported by I Know Leopard (replaced by Dream Rimmy in WA), and Alex L’Estrange kicking off in Adelaide on November 3 moving through Bunbury, Perth, Fremantle, Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and finishing up in Brisbane on November 26.
Darwinism is a car crash of melody; a track of blistering energy. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Tim Carroll’s lyrics have 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. Of the new track, Carroll says, “We built the song around that opening riff which I came up with while we were on tour last year. 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 co-founder with Carroll) explored the idea further in a tiny studio set-up in London in between shows on tour. “Later Oscar wrote a score and we had Ross Irwin and Kieran Conrau come in a lay down this big sweeping horn part.” Speaking of its 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 such tools, help provide new tones and straddle the balance between authentic and synthetic.
The film clip for the song is appropriately stark, consisting of entirely black and white visuals, and an unadulterated mix of retro film and stunning live footage of the band in their element. Directed by Plex Goldwin (Courtney Barnett, Prince Of Chinatown), “Darwinism was the process of finding the right tonality and energy – complimenting and contrasting itself to the band and the energy of the song, with a rough yet stripped back aesthetic,” Plex Goldwin explains.
After a huge 2015 which featured 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 several sold out tours, 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. Dawson enthuses, “The sound has developed and expanded. 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.”
Carroll & Dawson are joined in the studio and on the road with band mates Ryan Strathie, bassist Graham Ritchie, and their producer-turned-band-mate Matt Redlich on keys. Holy Holy will be supported by I Know Leopard and Alex L’Estrange. Sydney’s beloved dream-pop collective I Know Leopard are eagerly taking some time out from recording their debut album to jump on tour with Holy Holy, previewing new material alongside all their triple j favourites. Alex L’Estrange quite accidentally launched himself onto the international indie music scene when he threw a song up on Soundcloud and it was discovered by Hilly Dilly and DIY, leading to an invitation to join the XRay Touring artists roster in the UK (Courtney Barkett, Nick Cave, Elbow). L’Estrange will be releasing his debut EP in November.