KEEN TO RETURN
Holy Holy enjoy playing at Miami Marketta so much they made sure the Gold Coast venue was added to their latest Aussie tour itinerary
You can thank the hospitality of the people at Miami Marketta for Holy Holy’s Gold Coast performance next Friday night. Tim Carroll, the frontman of the ARIAwinning Australian indie rock band, says the tour felt incomplete without visiting the eclectic venue.
“We’ve played Miami Marketta twice,” Tim says.
“On the first draft of the tour, Miami Marketta wasn’t on it. I thought, ‘Oh, we should get it on there’.
“I really like that venue, it’s a nice room, the crew looks after the band well.”
Even more exciting for Tim and guitarist Oscar Dawson is the news that the back end of the venue has been transformed into the Gin Parlour. “Oscar likes gin,” Tim says. “I live down in Tassie now, I’ve been drinking a bit of Tasmanian gin. It’s taking off a little bit down here.
“Maybe we should change our rider to just be gin.”
Nectar of the gods aside, Holy Holy is embarking on a nationwide tour of Australia to promote new single Faces and give fans a sneak peak of album number three.
Typically guitar-riff heavy, Faces is a new direction for the band with sampled vocal loops, synth bass lines and programmed beats.
Part of the change in sound can be attributed to collaborations with electronica artist Japanese Wallpaper, haunting vocalist Ainslie Wills and powerhouse rock chick Ali Barter (Oscar’s wife).
“We’ve done two albums with Holy Holy that are pretty guitary, so we were just keen to see what kind of songs we would write if we didn’t have the guitar there,” Tim says.
“It’s a bit more of an experimental approach to song writing. And we’re trying to collaborate more on this album.
“We’re letting the keys and vocals be the driver. We’re using a lot of vocal loops, using the voice as an orchestra.
“That’s been really fun and creative. We’re often writing a big long song, pulling it all apart and putting it back together.”
The tour will be an opportunity for the band to test out new songs, as well as introducing support acts Clews and San Mei to new fans.
“We’re picking the songs we like to play the most from the first two albums. We’ll be playing Faces and also two unreleased songs that no one’s heard yet,” Tim says.
“One of the great things of being a touring band is going on the road with bands you like.
“When we were coming up, we had some really important tours, with Boy and Bear, Vance Joy, Ball Park Music. They’re really precious memories.
“We’ve got Clews who are a new band from Sydney, fronted by two sisters. And then San Mei ... she’s really cool.” Holy Holy play Miami Marketta on Friday, November 23. Doors open 7pm, tickets are $40.30 from oztix.com.au
Tim Carroll and Oscar Dawson of Holy Holy will play at Miami Marketta next week.