Holy Fuck “Xed Eyes” + Tour

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By Greg

On Mar 29, 2016

Holy Fuck might have taken 6 years to release their new record but make no mistake, this is a band that does not mess around. The Canadian 4-piece’s new LP, Congrats, will be released via Last Gang Records on May 27th. Today, the band dropped a new track from Congrats, with Zane Lowe premiering Xed Eyes on his show this morning. The track is everything we’ve come to love and expect from the band and pulses relentlessly, inspiring memories of New York bands like The Rapture, but carrying a darkness and production qualities that sit firmly in 2016. Holy Fuck have also announced their first run of North American dates for 2016. This is a band famous for their live show and is not to be missed.

Holy Fuck took the world by surprise around 2005 because there was just nothing like them – a hardcore thrift-store found-object punk band with a relentless commitment to rhythm and a sense for atmosphere better matched to a close encounter of the third kind than a simple rock concert. Think Einstürzende Neubauten re-inspired by Fela Kuti with Brian Eno working as keyboard tech and every channel on the mixer set to max power. It was the best ride out there while it lasted, up to and including their 2010 full-length, Latin; recorded largely in too-brief breaks while on the road. That album cemented Holy Fuck’s sound and reputation for unapologetic instrumental noise, but at the end of yet another insane touring cycle, it was time to take a break … which turned into a hiatus … which turned into a chance to explore other projects and production work (like the bands Lids, Dusted and Etiquette, or production for Metz, Alvvays and Viet Cong).

In 2016 Holy Fuck suddenly announced the release of Congrats; a surprise full-length two years in the making that is by any scientific measure their holiest fuckiest release ever: “When you’re sitting still in a van and staring out the windows, you start to dream about all the other things you want to do,” says founder and noisemaster Brian Borcherdt. “This album is exactly what we couldn’t do then.”

Checking into a “proper” studio, rather than the barn in rural Ontario where most of Holy Fuck’s records were made, Congrats was recorded by the same lineup that recorded Latin: Borcherdt, Graham Walsh, Matt “Punchy” McQuaid, and Matt Schulz. As they worked, they discovered that Congrats was a process of refining things, Walsh says-both physically and philosophically. Their ad hoc arsenal of low-budget hi-tech toys has been streamlined down to what he calls the nervous system of the band: “What gets run through our system is the seed of the idea for our music, and the system is what we play. This record is almost a beginning-the first stage of a new way for us.”

Now they’re heavier, wilder, leaner, sharper, more daring and more unpredictable than ever before – on fire with the power of inspired outsiders like Suicide, Silver Apples, Can, Mission of Burma or the Monks or even Sun Ra, says Borcherdt, whose pursuit of his own kind of musical purity is exactly what Holy Fuck is after. Yes, it took them a few years, which in 2016 is supposed to be the career suicide, but they took that time to take chances. “We were told we did everything wrong,” Borcherdt says now, laughing-but really Congrats is the sound of a band doing absolutely everything right.

Press for the previously released single, Tom Tom:
“‘Tom Tom’ is a bracing reintroduction to their musical capabilities. It’s not as pretty or spacious as something like “Lovely Allen,” but it’s chunky, plodding, and makes smart use of weird textures.” – The Verge

“scratchy and weathered” – Stereogum

“their strongest track to-date. Breathing an air of restlessness into hard-hitting, dark electronica, Holy Fuck toy with a deep dynamism best served lo-fi and droned-out.” – Earmilk

“”Tom Tom” is its pulsating first single, hinting at a new direction for the Canadian rock outfit without abandoning their experimental roots.” – Indie Shuffle

    Congrats Tracklisting:

1. Chimes Broken
2. Tom Tom
3. Shivering
4. Xed Eyes
5. Neon Dad
6. House Of Glass
7. Acidic
8. Subbatics
9. Shimmering
10. Crapture

    Tour dates:

06/04 Toronto, Ontario – Fort York & Garrison Common (Field Trip)
06/12 San Diego, CA – Casbah
06/13 Los Angeles, CA – Club Bahia
06/14 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
06/16 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
06/17 Vancouver, British Columbia – Malkin Bowl (Levitation Festival)
06/18 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
07/14 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
07/15 Detroit, MI – Shelter
07/16 Ottawa, Ontario – RBC Ottawa Bluesfest
07/18 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
07/19 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
07/20 New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
07/21 Washington D.C. – DC9
07/22 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle