Holy Fuck
LP


4.0
excellent

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
November 19th, 2007 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Non-instruments, noisy improvisations and one horrible band name.

I first saw Holy Fuck during a tour with Wolf Parade (don’t make fun of me). This means, at one point in the spectrum of Dan Katz’ life, Holy Fuck were just another 45 minutes before hearing You are a Runner, and I am my Father’s Son live. Some time before said 45 minutes had ended my opinion made an about-face; Wolf Parade could wait, Holy Fuck needed to stay on stage. By utilizing pounding rhythms as well as ridiculous amounts of non-instruments, including (but not limited to) various toys, articles of electronic garbage and a 35mm film sequencer, for so much more than Twee appeal, Holy Fuck had more or less captivated this younger, impressionable version of myself. Of course, upon making it back to my home I scoured the internet for some formal recording of the band, I found what I was looking for in a self-titled 2005 release. But the effect wasn’t the same; the songs sounded weak and comparatively uninteresting to the band’s live show. LP , the second full-length release by the band, is an improvement on both these qualities. Sure, it still doesn’t quite match up to the band’s live show, but that would be a little bit much to expect from even the most experienced of bands.

The music on LP is relentlessly driving. Certain tracks are almost Lightning Bolt-esque in their bass-heavy drones. Safari charges into 4-plus minutes of crunchy keyboards and prominent bass lines after a brief horn sample. Tight drums hold all of the noise, which increases as the song progresses, together well, keeping the song relatively fun and dancey instead of overtly noisy. Lovely Allen represents the opposite side of LP’s relatively limited range, it’s more structured and features as pleasant a keyboard loop/sample as you are likely to find on the album. Granted, the song is still dripping with noise and is discordant in all the right places. Royal Gregory too, seems an obvious choice for single. The funky electronic piano groove suggests a more lo-fi Justice; it even features a truly catchy vocal melody, an element not heavily explored throughout LP. Royal Gregory again finds Holy Fuck’s excellent drum work making the song.

LP isn’t really as unlistenable as could be thought. F]uck are a terribly fun band, and their latest release isn’t a difficult listen in the slightest. Throw away the trash instruments, improvisations (much of the album is improvised), layers of noise and slightly unfortunate band name and you’ve got a solid, albeit not entirely original, Electronica record. But of course, without the trash instruments, improvisations, layers of noise and slightly unfortunate band name, it really wouldn’t be Holy Fuck.

-Dan



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Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2007


6100 Comments


Cool.

Intransit
November 19th 2007


2797 Comments


Coolest band name ever btw.

Aficionado
November 19th 2007


1027 Comments


I can just see it now:

"What are you listening to, son?"
"Holy fuck"

DWittisarockstar
November 19th 2007


1501 Comments


By the summary, I thought this was gonna be a negative review.

Oops.

The Door Mouse
November 19th 2007


2092 Comments


I'm totally getting this.

ginjointjukebox
November 20th 2007


1 Comments


Holy Fuck! Holy fuck are fucking amazing.This Message Edited On 11.20.07

descendents1
November 20th 2007


702 Comments


This is good background music for my radio show kthxdan!

Doppelganger
November 20th 2007


3124 Comments


Coolest band name ever btw.


astrel
November 20th 2007


2614 Comments


the fact that these guys toured with Wolf Parade makes me think I will like 'em.

La Revolucion
November 21st 2007


1060 Comments


I recommend that everyone go to the "Other" forum and see what this album comes up as in the top part where they display 3 recently reviewed albums.
Good review.

Aficionado
November 21st 2007


1027 Comments


^^ Lol I just checked that. Pretty lawl.

gasmaskman
November 21st 2007


1006 Comments


Coolest band name ever btw.

Holy Fuck they're amazing.

Eyops
November 23rd 2007


8 Comments


really like this band :D
the whole EP can be streamed off their myspace too! ^^

P13
November 25th 2007


1327 Comments


Lol i saw them selling under wear that said HOLY FUCk on it. Had no money though :

TojesDolan
November 26th 2007


271 Comments


wolf parade lol

Justanothernimrod
November 27th 2007


478 Comments


This band/record are/is AWESOME =]

endverse
November 28th 2007


6 Comments


the EP was sick, I will be checking this one out soon.

hymano
November 29th 2007


30 Comments


I listened to their songs on myspace, they sound awesome.

astrel
December 4th 2007


2614 Comments


they sound a lot like a poppier fridge. I am totally digging this.

cbmartinez
January 29th 2008


2525 Comments


album rules, one of the best of 07, band is also amazing live



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