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The Holloys “No Where Now Here” [MUSIC][ALBUM]

I woke up this morning with a terrible hangover.  Yes it’s monday, but whatever that’s what days off are for.  I’ve been wanting to write about The Holloys for a couple weeks now, but I never felt in the right state of mind to do so.  Most people when they wake up from what I like to call “antics” hardly want to listen to something loud/ electronic and industrial.  I guess it might just be me but when I woke up this morning I cranked The Holloys most recent offering “No Where Now Here”… hangover gone due to overdose on volume.

The Holloys – Shape Shift

This band is from another planet.  I like this record because its rooted in heavy guitars and great bass lines with an electronic sub context making this disc danceable and just plain fun to listen to.

In my opinion this band can do no wrong, they are experimental making the music they want to make.  On this disc they have bouncy almost pop offerings mixed with heavily affected industrial rock.  The drumming on tracks such as “Love Echange” is exceptional.

The Holloys – Love Exchange

For the Holloys, that’s a sound built after excavating the overlap between the anxious (and sometimes aggro) post-punk of Public Image Limited’s Metal Box and the endless groove of Fela Kuti and the Saharan guitar music Sublime Frequencies so generously provides to the world. — OC Weekly

At the moment their website isn’t in the best shape.  Sadly I turned to myspace to gather more information on this awesome band.  I say sadly because I don’t like myspace.  I guess sometimes as fate would have it the bands I write about and I have something in common.  This is the image at the top of their myspace page.

Any band that would put something like this up on their own page is ok by me.  I’m not sure if I’m allowed to post vulgar stuff seeing as this is a family show, but that image is definitely an important look as to how The Holloys run their ship.  Reckless abandonment for the norm and exploration into the realm of controlled noise I think the Holloy’s have stumbled onto something here and I just can’t look away.

The Holloys – Let Love Take Over

The Holloys are appropriately opening for BATTLES at the Echoplex on May 2nd giving me and you an even better reason to go down there.

Usually this is the part where I tell you where you can buy a bands music, but for today this is the part where I tell you to go to download a bands music for free.  On the bands site HERE.  They have posted links for free full record downloads of “No Where Now Here” and “Art War”.  ** The site is under construction at the moment, but trust me the links will work.

If you need a little more persuation to download FREE music here’s the last and title track from The Holloys “No Where Now Here.

The Holloys – No Where is Now Here

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

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Battles “Ice Cream/ Gloss Drop”[MUSIC][SONG]

Battles.  One of the best band names I’ve ever heard and one of the most creative/ best bands I have ever seen.  If you have ever had the privilege of seeing them live I think you’ll agree that not only is there live show a proverbial “battle” but it’s also the sweatiest fun you can have with your pants on.

In 2007 Battles released a full length called “Mirrored” with the massive track “Atlas” and a ridiculous video to go with it (below).  Cut to 2011 and they are releasing a follow up to “Mirrored” and it’s called “Gloss Drop.” With a new track “Ice Cream,” just released on their website recently with the rest of the record due out in early June this is a first listen from their new record.

Ice Cream feat. Matias Aguayo- Battles

Over the summer multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Tyondai Braxton left the band.   Here’s what bassist Dave Konopka had to say about the line up change on this new record from Pitchfork.com.

I’m not going to candy-coat it– the situation was kind of dark. The three of us argued and were pissed off after Ty left but we were like, “Fuck that. That’s chapter’s closed. Let’s move on.” From there, the most important thing was to maintain the integrity of what the band means to us and to carry on with it. When Ty left over the summer, we were close to having an album’s worth of material– we had put so much energy into the project and then we had to re-establish ourselves as a three-piece. The end result is a culmination of reworked things we’d been putting together the past couple years and some newer songs. — Pitchfork.com

Obviosuly ready to move in a new direction with a reworked lineup here’s what Dave had to say about the bands positive outlook for “Gloss Drop” and more specifically the track “Inchworm” yet to be released.

There’s one called “Inchworm” that’s based on a four-hour jam I did by myself in our practice space– which reminds me of this guy upstairs from our space who kept knocking on our door and losing his shit. He’d go, “You guys are driving me… “– and his voice started cracking because he was so angry– “fucking insane.” He was like, “It sounds like you’re dropping a fucking anvil down here! I don’t know what type of music this is but even people that like your music don’t like your music!” So maybe that gives you an indication of how good this album is going to be. [laughs] —  Pitchfork.com

I am ready for some new Battles.  It’s been four years and if “Ice Cream” is any inclination of how “Gloss Drop” is going to turn out I think we are all in for a massive treat.

Ice Cream is available for download here. (iTunes)

Gloss Drop is available for pre-order here on the bands site or here at Bleep (with a free Ice Cream download).

Last but not least just to get your juices flowing for the new record here is “Atlas” off thier debut record “Mirrors” and the video for it as well.  I think you’ll agree the world needs more Battles.

Atlas – Battles

Atlas – Battles

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL |Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC