Holy Holy - my reaction anyway. Fine Aussie band, comprising Melbournian Oscar Dawson, Brisbanite(s) Timothy Carroll, Ryan Strathie and Graham Ritchie. Alliance, spawned when Oscar (already an established guitarist for Dukes of Windsor) and Tim (already an acclaimed singer/songwriter) crossed paths teaching in Asia - Tim, approaching Oscar to help compose tunes. Subsequent friendship, productive collaboration, infused with talent, and frontman Oscar Dawson and PDA Songwriting Award-winning Tim Carroll have well and truly blasted off.
c/o Holy Holy
Masterful musicianship, world-class performances, you simply can't go past Holy Holy. Hint of Cat Stevens, Neil Young, The Doors, they've truly revived classic craftsmanship. Richard Kingsmill of radio station Triple J, commenting they boast "the same '70's pastoral rock that (American folk rock band) Midlake has been playing". Yet despite manifesting the 1970's, they simultaneously satisfy modern tastes.
Last Monday arvo, 21st December, I had the privilege of chatting to Oscar. Subjects: new single (included below), upcoming tour, today's music industry, plus overall journey. First thing that struck me - eloquence. Granted, musicians are brainy. But Oscar, also extraordinarily articulate! Divulging, not only his personal journey and musical approach, but stance on the industry too. Incredible wealth of knowledge - hardly newbs, like I was dumbly expecting.
Despite recently releasing an initial album, they've already enjoyed sweeping success. Debut album, 'When the Storms Would Come', earning them wide acclaim. Their latest six tracks, also hitting Triple J. They recently returned from an international tour - during which Liam Gallagher rocked up. Oscar recalled the moment he learnt Liam was in the London audience: "What? You're telling me right before we go on stage? That's the worst thing you can tell a band!" However, post-concert convo', one of utmost praise. Despite my preconceptions, Oscar described the Oasis vocalist as down-to-earth. Adding, "there might be some truth behind it, but I can only imagine it's been magnified".
Oscar also shared his take on the industry. Especially in terms of the notion (or myth) of 'coolness'. Commenting, "it's not that I want to avoid being cool, but it's not a high priority". He recounted high school days: of practicing guitar during lunchtime, only to be ostracized for it: "I was a loser at school...and I was like, why am I a loser?" But now Oscar couldn't care less about perceptions. With the passing of Scott Weiland, commenting "sex, drugs, and rock and roll is a load of shit". In terms of the narrative, "the reality is always something else".
Then there's his approach/methodology. One of observing principles, which "are age-old for a reason". "We don't try to rewrite the rules or anything like that". Each song, rooted in the same fundamentals, "whether you dress them up in different clothes - ie. record them with different production". But at the same time, about story too. And "not just the lyrics, but the music itself". Oscar also explained his penchant for the classical, whilst rejecting that trend of being "deliberately devoid of emotion". Adding, "a lot of bands that I grew up with, loving, were hugely expressive". Asking if he was ever tentative whether they'd resonate: "What we do is honest...and that's really all we can do". To which I say, perfect answer.
Holy Holy are at the Corner Hotel, January 29th. For tickets (selling fast).
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