The Basement - Columbus, OH
Thursday, May 11, 2017; Doors open at 7:00 PM
$15.00 Advance / $17.00 Day of Show
General Admission - All Ages
Holy F 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 F'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.) They'd been moving faster than they'd ever expected, especially after a 2007 sophomore release that came close to securing Canada's prestigious Juno and Polaris Music Prize. The strategy was just to stay busy, says founder and noisemaster Brian Borcherdt, but soon they started to feel like Indiana Jones running from that boulder: "He had to step aside and let things settle!"
In 2016 Holy F suddenly announced the release of Congrats, a surprise full-length two years in the making that is by any scientific measure their holiest f-iest release ever. Checking into a "proper" studio, rather than the barn in rural Ontario where most of Holy F's records were made, Congrats was recorded by the same lineup that recorded Latin. As they worked, they discovered that Congrats was a process of refining things. So consider those previous albums prelude to Holy F's true breakthrough, and recognize Congrats as the moment when Holy F 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. Now they're heavier, wilder, leaner, sharper, more daring and more unpredictable than ever before, on fire with the power of inspired outsiders.
Artist Link http://holyfuckmusic.com/