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"Find something in the trash and plug it in"
on 19 November 2007
Name a good band with two drummers?.....It's not easy is it .I can think of one off the top of my chrome dome and that's The Butthole Surfers and they are a truly great band. Other than that I'm struggling .I'm sure I saw some footage of Sigue Sigue Sputnik on TOTP 2 with two drummers , but they were an execrable marketing exercise more than anything else so don't really count. Led Zeppelin often sounded like they had dual drummers but they had John Bonham so that's understandable.
The reason I bring this up is that Holy F***(Should I use the asterisks bearing in mind their name is emblazoned all over the top of the page?) use two drummers and it shows. Even better than that it makes the music more exciting and gives it a rhythmic base that is suitably propulsive and yet diverse enough to bring something fresh to every track. More bands should try it, but what most bands really need to do is try writing some decent songs.
Holy F*** for the uninitiated is a lo-fi improvisational electronica band from Toronto, Canada. The band have been called "Toronto's evil super group". They are a part of Dependent Music, a music label/collective that began in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 1994.The band uses live instrumentation and miscellaneous instruments and non-instruments (including a 35 mm film sequencer) to achieve electronic-sounding effects without the use of laptops or programmed backing tracks. The core of the band are Graham Walsh and Brian Borcherdt though the line up seems to be in a constant state of flux which neatly mirrors the music. The music ahhh yes.... is difficult to describe accurately but I think describing it as an antagonistic melding of percussive mayhem and adroitly manipulated sounds will do just fine. That or it sounds like a dustbin cart backing down a narrow alley while alien mechanoids learn the art of disco dancing on some scaffold nearby will cover it as well.....though maybe not as well .
It's hard to view this album as a sequence of separate songs but "Lovely Allen" stands out as it approximates the nearest thing to a conventional song with a truly pretty keyboard melody. "Pulse " hammers home the point about how effective the dual drummers can be -its like Kraftwerk being hounded by a tribe of Burundi percussionists, as does the octane fuelled "Super Inuit". "Royal Gregory " integrates mangled vocals and a highly sussed dance susceptibility. "Milkshake" sounds like a funk band laying tarmac on the M62 at rush hour.
I'm not convinced that the album format is the best medium for this band to produce their music .Even over an album that has only nine tracks an album is difficult to stomach in one listen , or maybe that's just me. Mini albums or maybe E.P,s ( A sadly underused format nowadays) like the ones regularly employed by post rock masters like Bark Psychosis might suit their distinctive sound collages better. That minor point aside this is invigorating music that juxtaposes an almost organic and experimental resonance with the mash-up style of many an esteemed DJ. As the band themselves say :"Find something in the trash and plug it in."