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Tim Carroll from Holy Holy chats to Jen about their new album and of course Splendour in the Grass.

Tim ….“We’ve played a lot of shows in the last two years and have played with some of our favourite bands and in some incredible venues along the way,” explains lead vocalist Tim Carroll. “During that time we have come up with a sound that represents us, a sound we’re proud of and a style of music that we love to play. With our debut record now complete and having just played a run of shows overseas, our homecoming album release tour is something we’re really looking forward to.”

Holy Holy is fronted by the songwriting team, vocalist/composer Timothy Carroll and guitarist/composer Oscar Dawson. They are joined on the road by permanent drummer Ryan Strathie (Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Andy Bull), touring bassist Graham Ritchie (Airling, Emma Louise), and Brisbane-based producer Matt Redlich as their touring keys player. Joining them for a large part of the tour will be Melbourne band, Fractures. Other supports include Methyl Ethel and Violet Swells, with more to be announced.

Just released! Listen to Holy Holy’s new single here

‘Sentimental and Monday’ on soundcloud 

Watch their single 
Holy Holy have also just released a new range of merch including signed CDs, t-shirts and vinyl all available for pre-order from here.

Hi Tim,
This interview has taken me ages to write as I keep getting side-tracked by just sitting here listening to your music. Then I preordered your album (even though I have the media copy.) then finally sat down to write. I must say it has been an enjoyable experience researching your band.
Well thank you very much that is really good to hear.
You met Oscar while volunteering teaching in South East Asia, I really admire you for that, was that like a gap year for you?
Yeah it was, a kind of finish school and then I got a couple of jobs, washing dishes in cafes and labouring for my dad who was an electrician and I saved up as much money as I could. The I went on this gap year and I went to Thailand and it was a work experience kind of thing.

Prior to that did you a musical background?
Not really in any kind of serious sense like I did play piano lessons when I was a kid but I didn’t really like it, I found that the approach to the music was very massed and a pattern that you needed to learn and it missed how music made you feel and how moving it can be so I did do that and then when I was in high school friend’s dad was a musician and he a piano and synths and electric guitars at his house, so we started playing around together a bit and when I was about 15 or something like that and he had a four track as well and we start writing some songs and then I did join the school and guitar ensemble. I learnt a few things that I know about guitar in those years I guess. But by the time I was in Thailand, I was not performing I don’t think and not really writing that much original stuff until later on and then I was recording and releasing stuff. You guys did things differently from most bands, you have done sold out shows here and internationally, had brilliant reviews and now you are ready to release your album. You say in your bio that “It’s been such a long journey with this record’ has it been an enjoyable journey so far? Hard work but worth it? Yes there has been many ups and downs, the latter half has been great I guess.

Your new songs seemed to be well received in Europe, were you pleased with the crowds reaction?
Yes I was really pleasantly surprised how things when in Europe, I talk and approach of having low expectations going there in some ways, I know was going to be beautiful and fun and for a band to go over and will be playing small venues with not too many people. I guess because we have a great agent and a great manager, they got some great opportunities on cool little festivals and showcases. Actually the case was that most times while playing with full rooms and packed crowds and yeah it felt really good, it definitely felt like people were listening and enjoying it and was really nice. I think we did 15 shows over three weeks.

Your sound is so unique, tell us about how when you record with, Matt Redlich he likes to be unpredictable with recording, I remember when I interviewed Ball Park Music they said that. How much has he influenced on your sound?
Yes he has had an influence on our sound but it is hard to say because I’ve never worked with another producer with a band like this. I did do a record of the solo artist but that was quite different. He is intricate to the band now and now he’s kind of in the band as a producer. It is an interesting and fun working with him and I guess yet another element to it, we are all similar age and we all are at similar stages of our lives and exciting things are happening for us all and all of a sudden we have broke and we’ve all been involved in music for a long time. He has a good instinct and I think it’s fair to say that he takes each song separately and he has one approach to everything that he does, depending on the song for example what the vive were trying to create this song, he will construct a recording part so well aware recording altogether live in one room or whether we give the song in one take and putting that down on tape or just recording the drums in a dry room. We do both of those things and everything in between. He does have a few guiding principles but the sort of thing that he can do is like recording either on tape or on computer. They are not miles away from where they will be at the end when the record is done. He is into capturing the sound is close to how they would appear on the record. Where some people might record something that is like postproduction and various things are added later. Not to say that that it is a bad thing but there is something nice about the rough mix as it would sound pretty much the way we played it on the record.

Back to the album, I think the standout song for me is Outside Of The Heart Of It, it is the one that has stayed in my head.( Not like an achy breaky heart the way) Is there a standout song for you? ( laughing) Well I am glad to hear that you like the song ‘Outside the Heart of It’ That was the song that was written and recorded the latest. We actually recorded that just before we went to Europe, so we just finished so it is pretty new for us as well. I feel like it’s a little bit different from the other stuff that we have done because it’s more of a vocally harmony based thing. The way we approach the guitar parts were a little more subtle but it is had for me to say a special song for me just because it’s in your face and there is some heavy lyrics and that guitar solo at the end and it was really fun to be part of recording that and releasing it and it’s really fun to play live. I mean all the songs on the record mean a lot to me, so it’s really hard for me to choose.

Your lead single was History. I really like your music video for it. Whose idea was it to keep it simple but still interesting?

We worked with a director called Anthony, a Brisbane guy. (Some words here were inaudible).
We made that clip for $700 with in clip making world that is really nothing. I think we spent that on lights and a smoke machine and everything else was people who were working from free. We had a couple of huge days on set. it was a real new world for me but it was a really hard working day but it was an interesting endeavour, it was amazingly creative, like it was all about lighting and computer data. Then there was this kind of MacGyver re-to get into various spaces with power and lights, especially on small projects like we were working on you are really relying on one person to have a look with different skills so he was like the driving force. He did come up with the concepts. We were touring and recording and that is our main focus. And during this time and manager was saying that we had to do film clips and we wanted to tour. it was a struggle to keep up with the clips. We just finished another one, this morning, the next single which is Sentimental and Monday.
When is that going to be released?
I think it is pretty soon. The song is this week, and the clip next week. I am not really sure.

You also have Splendour coming up real soon, how excited are you for that? I am super excited.
I am excited about splendour I’ve never been as an artist or a punter. I do like festivals. I think it will be good because it’s always nice to play on a big stage. To have really big amps and some space you know. Hopefully it’s good we have wanted to play this show since Spain so I’m just organising a rehearsal at the moment.

OK so you have not organized you set list yet?
No
Well I have a suggestion for you, I want you to cover “Love will tear us Apart”
Like No pressure, it is just that my all time favorite song. So if you could play that that would be great (just a suggestion…….)
Okay I will keep that in mind…… (This is when he is thinking I am totally insane)

So finally your album is dropping on the 24th of July, you have a massive tour schedule as well as playing at arguably the best music festival in Australia, is there anything else you are going to do this year? Like resting??
We are writing, Oscar and I are working on some songs we go backwards and forwards.
And some of that stuff is really coming together. So we be definitely be recording some of that this year. There is also talk about another run overseas this year but those details are still coming together. I guess at the moment the focus is on getting the record out and tour and things will evolve. There are a few things in the works, a bit more recording and a bit more touring, well an international tour.

Then you released was You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog, which I love the concept of. I have a Black Labrador that is always asking for love even just in his eyes. I have thought before if only it was the same for humans then there would not be the hatred in our society that there is now and in past history. You came up with that song after a conversation with your girlfriend, can you tell us about that?

Yeah we were like walking the streets one night and we were talking about that where one person says I love you and the other person isn’t ready yet and you have to wait, where the other person is meant to say it and they don’t. We were just talking about that you cannot ask for love and she said you cannot call for love like a dog. I often find one lyric is something that starts a song and is often something that I over here. I have plucked it out of a conversation or an email or something. I mean that song is a funny one, the original version of that song is longer and has four versus and now there is only two. There is a whole other section of that song then ended up being cut. 

I noticed that you were in the top 15 of AU review for the best Australian song released this year so far, number 5 in fact. The JBHiFI reviews your album as– it’s vaster, and wilder than anything they’ve aired to date.
I guess there are important but i try not to listen to them in some degree, i guess is good ones and bad ones and there are so many different voices out there now and some voices are more important than others there are ones that you respect and there are ones that are just not worthy to listen to. Overall you don’t let negative ones get under your skin.
Well that was great because that is my next question for you.
I appreciate your time sorry that time is up, I wish you well and I look forward to seeing you at Splendour.
OK thanks for the interview Jen
My pleasure Tim.

holy

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THU 13 AUG | DARWIN FESTIVAL, DARWIN NT (ALL AGES)

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FRI 14 AUG | PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY WA

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SAT 15 AUG | AMPLIFIER, PERTH WA

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SUN 16 AUG | NEWPORT HOTEL, FREMANTLE WA

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FRI 21 AUG | ELSEWHERE, GOLD COAST QLD

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SAT 22 AUG | THE ZOO, BRISBANE QLD *

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THU 27 AUG | FRESH ON CHARLES, LAUNCESTON TAS

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FRI 28 AUG | THE REPUBLIC BAR, HOBART TAS

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SAT 29 AUG | JIVE, ADELAIDE SA *

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THU 03 SEP | WORKERS CLUB, GEELONG VIC *

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FRI 04 SEP | KAROVA LOUNGE, BALLARAT VIC *

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SAT 05 SEP | HOWLER, MELBOURNE VIC *

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FRI 11 SEP | ANITA’S THEATRE, THIRROUL NSW

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SAT 12 SEP | LIZOTTES, NEWCASTLE NSW *

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FRI 18 SEP | TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA ACT *

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SAT 19 SEP | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW *

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With

FRACTURES*

METHYL ETHEL (WA) & VIOLET SWELLS (TAS)

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