“Holy Holy write dramatic songs that soundtrack imaginary coming-of-age films from the 80s; music with a propulsion built for highways, house parties and death pacts.” – THE GUARDIAN
“Holy Holy are a band that embodies what music and performance should be.” – THE MUSIC
“Holy Holy have the infectious urgency of a band reinventing itself.” – THE AGE
“…Holy Holy have that something special, and an ability to put on a show that matches their talent to put together a stunning track.” – HI FI WAY
Ahead of the release of their third studio album, My Own Pool of Light (now available Friday 2 August via Wonderlick Recordings), HOLY HOLY today announce a 16-date national headline tour. Renowned for their extraordinary live performances, this September, October and November will see HOLY HOLY playing some of their biggest venues to date, visiting both capital cities and regional centres. This news is paired with the release of album track Frida.
Named after vocalist Timothy Carroll’s daughter, the magnetic Frida discusses the manner in which gender stereotypes are perpetuated in daily life, even down to the books we read to our children. The album track follows on from latest single Teach Me About Dying. First single Faces has been streamed almost 2 million times, claimed the #1 most played position on triple j, received support from the UK’s BBC Radio 1 and was playlisted on Radio X in the UK.
My Own Pool of Light is an undiluted representation of HOLY HOLY’S vision, from the songwriting to the recording process and, ultimately, their decision to self produce. It’s an album that finds guitarist Oscar Dawson and vocalist Timothy Carroll incorporating new sounds and fresh ideas. In the process they redefine exactly what kind of band they are without sacrificing the key elements – soaring melodies, lush instrumental textures, the beguiling mix of jubilance and melancholy, Carroll’s affecting lyrics – that have made them one of Australia’s most popular acts.
“We always want to make music that’s exciting and interesting, and that makes you feel something, and takes risks,” says Carroll. “This is the album we wanted to make.”
Banishing any notion of them simply being a ‘rock band’, My Own Pool of Light incorporates drum loops (created by the duo or by permanent drummer and bandmate Ryan Strathie), sampled beats, pitch-shifted vocals, ethereal sounds and bubbling synths, some of which were performed by Gab Strum, AKA Melbourne producer/songwriter Japanese Wallpaper. Grammy-nominated engineer Andrei Eremin also offered additional production on the atmospheric Starting Line. Other guest artists include Ali Barter and Ainslie Wills, who sing back-ups on Faces and Teach Me About Dying, with Barter also featuring on album opener Maybe You Know.
To date the duo have over 46 million streams to their name, while their 2015 debut, When The Storms Would Come, debuted at Number 11 on the ARIA Charts. Its follow-up, 2017’s Paint, was a Top 10 hit, with True Lovers landing at #40 in 2017’s Hottest 100. This success propelled HOLY HOLY to festival appearances both local (Groovin The Moo 2019, Bluesfest 2018, Secret Garden 2018, Festival Of The Sun 2018 among many others) and international (Primavera, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, Dot To Dot), as well as countless sold out headline shows around Australia.