A Q&A With Holy Holy + Your Chance To WIN Their Debut EP!
Written by Sam Murphy on 9th October, 2014
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Holy Holy might just be the busiest band in Australia. The band, founded by Timothy Carroll and Oscar Dawson, have been embarking on tour after tour as support acts and headliners in their own right. We caught up with Holy Holy frontman Timothy Carroll the night after supporting Boy & Bear at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Holy Holy will now head out on their own national tour. You can buy tickets for ACT and South Australia shows here on moshtix.
In celebration of their new video for History, we're also giving you the chance to win 1 of 10 copies of their debut EP The Pacific. Click here or scroll down to enter.
moshtix: After Boy & Bear you're straight off onto your headline tour. Is this your biggest headlines tour?
Timothy Carroll: This will be the biggest tour that we've done. We've been a bit hesitant with some of the regionals because you know touring can be a challenge at this kind of scale as a band. But this time we've included a few regionals. I'm looking forward to it.
m: How's the setlist coming along? Are you going to chuck in a lot of new stuff?
TC: Yeah. We always like to play new stuff. We find it's fresh and fun and exciting so we often do about half a set of unrecorded stuff which some people would day is a bad idea but I think it's really valuable because you can really road test the songs and then when you come to record them you know them inside out.
m: Did you play songs like History and Impossible Like You live before you released them?
TC: Yeah I think so. History was a bit of a funny one because when we recorded it it wasn't our intention to record it. We hadn't had a lot of thought about that song. It was actually just a sketch of an idea. We were recording House of Cards at that time and then in the break between takes we were just jamming on it and then our producer was like "that sounds great, we should record that today". He ended up really liking that take and we kept it. I'm not sure if we ever got the chance to play that live before we recorded it.
m: Was it always your plan to release a few EPs and put out an album eventually?
TC: Not really. My plan had just been to release the album straight off the bat. It wasn't until we got a manager who knows the best approach. Then we always signed to a label and through their advice we went with an EP first. It actually made a lot of sense. When you're a new band there's no point releasing an album when nobody knows about you. An album is a huge body of work and you want to wait until there are people there ready to hear it.
m: It sounds like the albums been recorded between Berlin, Stockholm and Australia, is that right?
TC: Not exactly. What happened was I was living in Stockholm for a year which was great because I had no friends (laughs) and it was dark a lot so I had a lot of time to write and Oscar was living in Berlin. We wrote and demoed an album worth of songs. But then we came back to Australia and all the stuff you hear was recorded in Australia.
m: Has your sound developed since you wrote the songs in Stockholm and Berlin?
TC: It has developed a lot. A whole lot. I've really changed myself as an artist. Previously I was a singer/songwriter and my acoustic guitar was a big part of what I did. I was writing pretty intimate songs. About a year ago I ditched the acoustic and started using the electric and using a few peddles to broaden the sound. Also locally, I'm singing less softly and singing more with a full voice and a bit of abandon. Broadly, the bands getting heavier and there's more jams. We're making music which is more like the music we actually like.
m: What kind of sound was Oscar channelling when he was in Berlin?
TC: He's got a pretty broad skill set. Guitar is his main instrument. He plays with a lot of delays and distortion and echoes and a lot of soundscape stuff. He's also a bit of a producer. He makes music for movies. And also plays piano. He was in that band The Dukes of Windsor and another band called Planet Love Sound. In Holy Holy we feature the guitar a lot like Crazy Horse, Neil Young Americana type stuff and then a bit of '80s power ballad sound which is a nostalgic sound that we really enjoy. This project is a good one to have fun with some of his skills.
m: What's in store for Holy Holy for the rest of the year?
TC: We've got to finish the Boy & Bear tour and then our tour with The Preatures which is going to be amazing. They're one of our favourite bands in the country. It will make us bring out A-game. With Boy & Bear, we have a lot of time for what they do too, but their work is more on the kind of acoustic side. It's gentle in some way where The Preatures are pop, nostalgic '70s rock/pop. Then there's a break over Christmas. We've got to do some recording as well. At the moment we have four or five more songs that we want to work on. All this touring is making it hard to find time. After that there's talk of some International stuff.
HOLY HOLY - THE HISTORY TOUR
THU 30 OCT - TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA ACT: SUPPORTED BY TAMBOURINE GIRLS & SLOW TURISMO
FRI 07 NOV - JIVE, ADELAIDE SA: SUPPORTED BY GLASS SKIES