Holiday At Sea
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Holiday At Sea

Liberty, Missouri, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Liberty, Missouri, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Rock


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"Pick Of The Litter"

Great instrumentation. Reminds me at times of early emo bands like Mineral meets Explosions in the Sky. (DV) - HM Magazine

"Pick Of The Litter"

Great instrumentation. Reminds me at times of early emo bands like Mineral meets Explosions in the Sky. (DV) - HM Magazine

"Holiday At Sea - Viral"

Viral by Holiday At Sea is a concept album based around a science-fiction story. It works excellently to convey the story as well as a great example of amazing instrumental performances, great songwriting and phenomenal production. “V12” opens the album; a gorgeous instrumental with an emotional guitar melody soaring over a tight rhythm section. The build throughout the song is smart and the melodic development sublime.

“Torches” features some driving contrapuntal bass and staccato snare flourishes accenting the choruses. The lead vocal cuts through the sonic spectrum in a higher range and sits well into the mix with a Craig Wedren-like tone. There are some great instrumental passages and features throughout the song.

“Open Door” showcases some extremely clever drumming finding great ways to build and accent the melody while still keeping a driving groove. Again, the countermelodies that are performed in the bass throughout are also a great addition to the song. Multitudes of guitars stacked on top of each other never get in each other’s ways, instead each tone clearly demonstrating an interesting puzzle piece to the construction of the whole song.

“The Dawn” has a Jimmy Eats World rocker vibe to it. The drums and bass have quite a feature here again with double-time hi-hat punctuating explosive drums and upper octave bass melodies stepping into the lead through a sea of descending distorted guitars. Melodically, the song is very catchy and anthemic. “Escape” is a short instrumental built around rolling toms and steady sleigh bells. It’s a nice interlude and works very effectively as underscore. “Homecoming” opens with a fuzzed out thick riff before the vocals enter and the snare turns to a marching pattern. There are some nice contrasts between metal-ish attack of the band throughout and a short but effective bridge that opens up a bit. The middle of the song falls out of synch with itself a bit, but by the end the driving force is back seen through another searing guitar solo.

“Resurrection” is another great instrumental that includes some Andy Summers-esque guitar patterns that sound synth-like as well as some percussion samples throughout. The B-section of the song is based around more of punk-rock guitar tone and riff and contrasts nicely with the first part. After a short but exciting drum solo, the song builds back up combining various features of the song into Townshend-like swirl of melodies. It works as an excellent penultimate culmination.

The album closes with “Redemption” bringing back some of the Jimmy Eat World qualities to the driving heavy rock meets emotional vocal delivery parts of the song. Again, the band shows themselves adept at combining different dynamics and parts into a song from driving punk to rock opera builds. Combined with an excellent melodic use of feedback, it makes for a powerful conclusion to an exciting album. - The Even Ground


Still working on that hot first release.



Holiday At Sea is an Indie Rock band from the St. Louis area. Formed in 2007 by member Brian Hurtgen. Guitar driven alternative rock, often given to instrumental breaks while maintaining some pop sensibility.

Over the last couple of years they have played some notable venues in the St. Louis area such as Cicero's, Pops, Six Flags and Fubar.

Opened for The Tyler Bryant Band at The Firebird in St. Louis in August of 2011.

Holiday At Sea released their first independent album "The Flame Imperishable" on 12/10/2010 and it is available at Band Camp.

Reviewed in the "Pick Of The Litter" section of the June/July/August 2011 issue of HM Magazine.

Hosted Rock For Moore benefit concert June 21st 2013 at Pop's Night Club in St. Louis.

Played 105.7 The Point's "Battle At Busch" in 2012 and 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

"Torches" received airplay on 105.7 The Point's Local Show June 9th and 16th 2013.

International radio sponsorship Step 3 Entertainment/Brain Fuse Records 2014

Released album titled "Viral" on Bandcamp on 8/5/2015.

Album "Viral" reviewed by The Even Ground September 2015

Band Members