As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2016.
Canadian quartet Holy Fuck released Congrats, their first album in six years, back in May and we’ve been seriously hooked on it. The album track ‘Neon Dad’ has been recently paired with a video inspired by the tale of David and Goliath. Clocking in at nearly 13 minutes, the video also includes snippets from ‘House of Mirrors’, also taken from Congrats. Speaking to Noisey, Holy Fuck’s Brian Borcherdt explains how the track came about:
“Neon Dad was written mostly during a rehearsal in Sydney Australia during Laneway festival 2011. It was a rare moment where we went for something mid tempo and melodic. Was it a pop song? a future B-side? It pushed the boundaries of our comfort zone. So we pushed back against it, juxtaposing our noisier aesthetic with something uplifting and cathartic. The end result wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of a few of our friends. It was recorded with Loel Campbell on drums, during a live session at the Banff Centre for the Arts with Shawn Everett engineering. Carmen Elle of the band Diana layered in some perfectly icy vocals, recorded in our basement studio in Toronto. Finally Dave Newfeld gave us this mix, turning this song inside out and exposing it’s psychedelic guts. It still scares us but we like it.”
The video for ‘Neon Dad’ was written, directed and edited by Scott Cudmore and you can watch it below.
Holy Fuck‘s new album, Congrats, is nearing its release and as you might have noticed, we’ve been itching with excitement. After teasing us a couple of years ago with the storming ‘Sabbatics‘, the Canadian quartet shared earlier this year another two mighty cuts from the album, ‘Tom Tom‘ and ‘Xed Eyes‘.
With just over a week to go until Congrats drops, Holy Fuck have shared a brand new beast of a track off it called ‘Caught Up’. Excuse us while we listen to it over and over again!
We are counting the days until the release of Holy Fuck‘s highly anticipated new album, Congrats. The Canadian quartet are keeping us excited and they have just shared a kaleidoscopic video to accompany the mind-blowing single ‘Xed Eyes’, directed and animated by Chad VanGaalen. Watch it below and make sure you grab Congrats when it drops on May 27th via Innovative Leisure and Last Gang.
We’re beyond excited about Holy Fuck‘s upcoming album and we haven’t really been shy about it since they’ve announced it in February. Congrats, the follow-up to 2010’s Latin, is their first album in six years and it arrives on May 27th via Innovative Leisure and Last Gang.
The Canadian quartet had previously shared the mighty and blistering lead single,‘Tom Tom’, and now they’re offering a video for it. Shot in Romania, the effort was directed by Michael Leblanc, who had this to say about it:
“Brian and I decided to shoot the video in Romania so we could cast authentic people in a unfamiliar setting. I wanted to shoot most of the scenes when the sky was just about to fade and use as much natural light as possible. This helped with the surreal style I was trying to create. Though…we did end up using a few lights and a homemade dolly we built in Romania with wheels I ordered from the US.
I was lucky to have my Romanian friend Miruna Soiu who helped produce/translate and her husband Ian Mcgettigan who’s one of my best friends who helped with all things including being the dolly grip and doing most of the driving. Myself, the two of them and my girlfriend Erika Lobko who’s a local set designer from Toronto flew over. There we found our two main characters and now friends Marius Staicu senior and his son Marius. They were perfect in every way. Everything I had hoped for and way more really. Casting was really fun as we just walked around Zarnesti and asked people if they’d like to be in a music video. We shot most of the video in Sirnia a small village near Brasov where both Ian and Miruna had once stayed. It was through their contacts that we were able to do this video. Without them and Erika who ended up operating on many shots the video would have never been made. Miruna’s wonderful Aunt Iona cooked us traditional Romanian meals every day and woke up really early every morning and lit the heaters to make sure we were warm and cozy.”
Watch the video for ‘Tom Tom’ now.
As you may have noticed, we’re more than thrilled about the upcoming release of Congrats, Holy Fuck‘s first full-length album since 2010’s Latin. The Canadian 4-piece already got us salivating with the mighty first single ‘Tom Tom‘ and a couple of explosive video teasers. The album is described “as the moment when Holy Fuck take the chaos and craziness (and charm) that have always been at the heart of their band and not so much control it as concentrate it”. The press release adds that “now they’re heavier, wilder, leaner, sharper, more daring and more unpredictable than ever before”.
Congrats arrives on May 27th via Innovative Leisure and Last Gang. Ahead of it, Holy Fuck have shared another mind blowing track, ‘Xed Eyes’. Turn your speakers up, this is an absolute stormer of a tune.
In other related news, and in support of Congrats, Holy Fuck will embark on a North American tour in June and July. We’re keeping our fingers (and toes) crossed for a European/UK tour to follow.