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Holy Fuck
Holy Fuck LP
Young Turks, 2007
Genre: Improvisational , Electronic , Psychedelic

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Beggars Group USA

Rating:

Sometimes, band names are misleading. Judging from their names, The Grateful Dead should have thrashed out some heavy metal and not the psychedelic jams that they were famous for. Nirvana should have stuck to the Buddhist concept that the name grew from and played some kind of otherworldly ambient. Billy Talent should have someone in their group named Billy -- or at least someone with some talent.

Holy Fuck, with their charmingly obnoxious band name, is not the in-your-face punk band that their handle may suggest. Instead, the group pushes out electronic-tinged, improvisational, lo-fi rock.

…Kind of.

It’s difficult to categorize Holy Fuck within a specific genre because of their diversity. Track 2, entitled “Milkshake”, moves along on classic, Wax Trax-styled industrial beatwork until traces of Acid House start to leak forward on vocals and keys. Compare that to the fourth song, “Lovely Allen”, which rides a playful, poppy keyboard melody. Different again is “The Pulse”. This song builds guitar noise under a post-punk bassline and repetitive keyboard smacks. “Echo Sam” is delivered on a bed of deliciously juicy bottom-heavy tones. And “Choppers” ends the album as a bass driven, lo-fi Dance-Rock track. Each of the nine tracks on LP display this same kind of individuality.

Still, even though each song moves around in its own way, Holy Fuck’s unique approach to recording and instrumentation tie the songs together and gives the album a nice flow. The band would perform for an audience, without rehearsing. Then they would hit a studio to recapture that live energy. Here, the musicians would perform as if on stage; energetic and free. With this method of writing and recording, Holy Fuck are able to effortlessly capture a “live” feel. Every track on LP, with its organic rawness, brings a level of excitement that is not usually found outside of a club or stadium.

LP is solid through its entirety. While this implies that there are no stand-out moments, it also means that there are no disappointing ones. It is a joyous listen all the way through. Core members Graham Walsh and Brian Borcherdt, along with their rotating bandmates, have created an album with a distinct flavor. Well placed builds, psychedelic, exploratory instrumentation, and an underline of dancy rhythms and grooves make this an album not to miss.

Reviewed by: Richie Corelli

 

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