AN AXE GRINDER

They are fond of a good guitar solo and don’t mind let­ting rip about the mer­its of some other big-name artists – just call them Judge Shred

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - MIKEY CAHILL

Holy Holy are up for killing sa­cred cows. Tim Car­roll and Os­car Daw­son may be in a se­ri­ous band with se­ri­ous band shots and a com­mit­ment-to-bow-be­fore­the-song that ri­vals Ar­cade Fire but the two mu­si­cians from Bris­bane and Mel­bourne like to shred.

“It’s sur­pris­ing when my band­mates say ‘Yeah, play a guitar solo!’ be­cause over the course of my ca­reer I’ve been con­di­tioned to think that guitar so­los are just what wankers used to do in the ’70s and ’80s,” says Daw­son, com­poser and gui­tarist in the earnest folk rock band that draws other com­par­isons to Mum­ford and Sons and Ra­dio­head, par­tic­u­larly for the stand-out track History on their de­but al­bum When the Storms Would Come.

“I was taught that taste­ful guitar play­ing should be about be­ing un­der­stated and serv­ing the song but f--- it, guitar so­los are awe­some. Killer Queen has my favourite guitar solo, I love how Ed­die Van Halen shreds on Michael Jack­son’s Beat It too.” Daw­son has an is­sue with Kirk Ham­met’s solo in Me­tal­lica’s One though. “It’s so un­mu­si­cal.” Daw­son’s part­ner in the band is singer and com­poser Car­roll, he of the bushranger beard. Holy Holy’s num­bers swell to five when they hit the road with drum­mer Ryan Strathie (Hun­gry Kids Of Hungary), bassist Graham Ritchie (Emma Louise), and Bris­bane-based pro­ducer Matt Redlich on keys.

Time to slay a few more sa­cred cows. “In the early 2000s when the retro-rock bands were re­ally big I al­ways thought all of them do­ing the Black Sab­bath and Led Zep­pelin style of mu­sic were do­ing the rock’n’roll I’d grown up with … but with­out the good bits,” he says.

Name names. “If I wanted to lis­ten to retro rock I would lis­ten to the real thing ... not Wolf­mother and Jet,” he says. Holy Holy and Govs, Else­where, Surfers Par­adise, to­mor­row night

Holy Holy love few things bet­ter than a de­cent dose of guitar solo.

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