Sydney foursome The Holidays’ debut album, Post Paradise, may have been a long time coming, but it has absolutely been worth the wait.
Post Paradise (Bonus Track Version) – The Holidays
|The band commenced writing the album early last year and a metamorphosis of sorts gradually began to take place. They’ve left behind the simplicity of their earlier indie guitar sound and took aboard new influences where both the groove and layers were equally as rewarding as the glistening pop hooks. A steady guiding hand also came from one of the country’s premier mixers, Tony Espie (Avalanches, Midnight Juggernauts, Cut Copy).|
On first listen brand new single Broken Bones is as unassuming as a late summer stroll but then consistently uncovers more and more layers to reveal a luscious, tropical experience.
The previous single, Golden Sky, due for an imminent UK 7” release by the Passport Label (Cloud Control, The Panics), blends wild percussion, sing-a-long chant choruses and falsetto vocals. Elsewhere, the sublime 6AM is the aural version of a floatation tank, Indian Summer Anniversary starts like relaxing sunset drinks with friends before becoming the fireworks display, Slimeface grunts with a sly, yet undeniable rhythmic swagger and A Million Eyes’ spooky intro and subsequent floor shaking rump are an equally unexpected and stunning finale to the album.
Post Paradise is clearly a massive leap forward for The Holidays, and most importantly, an album to be consumed as a full course. It traverses genres and decades of inspiration, and brilliantly blurs the lines between indie rock, experimental, tropicalia and of course, late nights and summer days.
Supported by Papa vs Pretty
SAT 25 SEP – Coaster Festival, GOSFORD, NSW
WED 29 SEP – Beach Road Hotel, BONDI, NSW
FRI 01 OCT – Elsewhere, GOLD COAST, QLD
SAT 02 OCT – The Troubadour, BRISBANE, QLD
SAT 09 OCT – One Movement Festival, WA
THU 14 OCT – Transit Bar, CANBERRA, ACT – Buy Tickets Here
FRI 15 OCT – Grand Hotel, WOLLONGONG, NSW – Buy Tickets Here
SAT 16 OCT – The Gaelic Hotel, SYDNEY, NSW – Buy Tickets Here
THU 21 OCT – The National Hotel, GEELONG, VIC
FRI 22 OCT – East Brunswick Club, MELBOURNE, VIC
SAT 23 OCT – Jive, ADELAIDE, SA – Buy Tickets Here
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