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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Matt Dillon's Soul Patch:: Wintersleep & Holy Fuck

Wintersleep - New Inheritors

My goal for any Wintersleep coverage we offer up over the next year or so is simple; never mention "that song". If I'm already bored to tears by the constant comparison, so I'm sure the band is completely over reading about how any new song stacks up. Thankfully, New Inheritors is the type of song that makes you forget about everything else.

Paul's trademark vocals and acoustic welcome you as they blend with the warm synths in a very understated way, but it's the other components of this song that shows why Wintersleep is a great band, not just a band with a great song. The horns, harmonies and amazing bass line are as confident as they are infectious and before long you are trying to sing along to a song you don't even know. The four and a half minutes ends too quickly and with how effortlessly this song burns into your brain I think we can finally put all of the other ghosts to bed and look forward to the best Wintersleep LP to date.

MP3:: Wintersleep - New Inheritors
MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/wintersleep

Holy Fuck - Latin America

On the other end if the spectrum is the Toronto based noise quartet, Holy Fuck. Much like the output of Dan Snaith, I rarely find myself reaching for Holy Fuck records to fill up my daily listens, but when I'm in the mood there psychedelic electronics are the perfect answer. The funny thing is I've seen Brian and Graham more times simply playing shows - either solo or with Julie Fader - than almost any other band in the last couple of year, so it feels even longer than 3 years since I've heard anything new from the Holy Fuck.

One listen to the new single - Latin America - leaked via chatroulette, and you can tell the young men have been working on translating the power and flow of the live shows onto record. Latin America builds slowly, gaining speed and power before quickly retreating and building again. I've never really thought of HF as a studio band - they seemed to come to life when the adrenaline was pumping - but if the rest of Latin is as strong as the opening single, I might have to change my thinking.

MP3:: Holy Fuck - Latin America
MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/holyfuck

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Contest:: Holy Fuck, it's New Year's Eve

Chances are if you are as old as the writers of herohill, the idea of spending your New Year's Eve at the Palace (new or old) is about as inviting as spending your NYE in a line at the DMV. Luckily, thanks to Holy Fuck, the New Palace might just be the spot to be when the ball drops on 2010. The sonic collage and energy the Polaris nominated band brings will be matched by the joy filled performance we've come to expect from Rich Aucoin - since the man gives 110% on a normal night, I'm thinking on NYE he might actually find Al Capone's vault - and it's hard to imagine even the most sadsack-en-it cool kid not enjoying themselves. Here are the details of the show
Dec 31st @ 10PM. Holy Fuck, Rich Aucoin and DJ Loukas Stilldrunk. Open till 3:30AM. $40adv, $50 door.

In case 50 duckets is too much for you, your pals at herohill are here to help. We have two tickets to the show and all you have to do is send us an email with the subject - "Holy Fuck, It's New Year's Eve" - or leave your details in the comments section below. We will pick a winner late tomorrow night.

Good luck.

Oh, and just because it's awesome, I'm also sharing the remix of the Said the Whale track, Gentleman. The remix uses some of Lovely Allen, some classic Who and Shad raps on it and drops New Edition, Ralph Tresvant, BBD and bumpin' Poison (which I'm sure both members of herohill did the electric slide or running man to, and I also did for a lip sync in Grade 10 - wait, did I share too much?).

MP3:: Holy Fuck - Lovely Allen

MP3:: Gentleman - Said the Whale & Shad (Remix ft. Holy Fuck, MGMT, The Who)

MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/holyfuck

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