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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - AM­BER MACPHER­SON

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.

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