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Holy Family

Göteborg, Sweden | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Göteborg, Sweden | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
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"Stream Holy Family's Debut Album Can't Dance, Won't Steal, Need Some Help"

Gothenburg’s Holy Family relocate to Montreal for the birth of their debut release Cant Dance, Wont Steal, Need Some Help and shed any preconceptions about how Swedish pop music should sound.

For a number of years now, Gothenburg’s musical output has mainly focused around the clique of groups associated with Sincerely Yours - one of the city’s few record labels. Influenced by forefathers (and namesakes) The Embassy, Sincerely Yours birthed the early careers of Air France, jj, Kendal Johansson, Team Rockit, Nordpolen and countless others - all possessing similar DNA in their approach to crafting mysterious, evolving pop music. Holy Family, on the other hand, approach their craft in a different way. Their sound more in line with the experimental quirks of Canadian exports Wolf Parade and Godspeed You! Black Emperor than that of the Factory Records nodding influence of their Swedish cousins.

Holy Family’s debut album Can’t Dance, Won’t Steal, Need Some Help is set for release on 21 July via Melodic Records - stream the record in full, exclusively at The Line Of Best Fit below. - The Line Of Best Fit

"video premiere: holy family “alexander the great” transatlantic psychedelic realness."

No matter the amount of praise and embrace a local music scene gives, there comes a point when an artist must expand their horizons and leave their comfort zone, if not for some personal sanity, then for the music itself. At least, that’s what duo Holy Family felt when they uprooted themselves from Sweden to Montreal.

Their debut album, Can’t Dance, Won’t Steal, Need Some Help is a true testament to transatlantic collaboration, with 5 tracks completed in their shared one-room Montreal apartment, the other 5 tracks completed in Gothenburg. With musical utterances akin to their Canadian inspirations, Wolf Parade and Godspeed You! Black Empero, Holy Family has adopted a warming, wholesome sound filled with paradoxes as psychedelic notes interact with true, melancholic lyrics. Watch their new lo-fi video for “Alexander The Great” below and grab their album, out now. - NYLON Magazine

"Holy Family"

Montreal (via Gothenburg, Sweden) duo Holy Family are a new band comprised of young and supremely talented lads Anton Ekman + Viktor Hansson. These two dudes play pretty and exquisitely crafted pop that’s like nostalgia wrapped in the arms of melancholy doing a most delicate dance of emotional contentment and unrest. The melodies often go wistful and the lyrics come soaked in ennui. But fret not. The uplifting synths won’t let anything get too sad around here. This is pop, after all. We’re not all dead just yet.

Comparisons have been made to early TV On The Radio to middle era Animal Collective to post Arcade Fire (the good shit they haven’t quite written yet). Maybe even MGMT meets Band of Horses meets Fleet Foxes meets My Morning Jacket meets Local Natives meets The Shins too. Because if we’re going to compare Holy Family to every popular alt pop band of the ‘00s we might as well just go for it. There are no half measures here at Whoa My Blobness.

I can easily see these two becoming one of the biggest bands on the Intra Indie Web. They got the sound down. I can also see them quietly fading away. Not because of anything they have done or left undone. We have listed over 40,000 bands on the site over the past ten years we’ve been doing the blob. Sometimes talent is not enough. Most of the time it’s luck. Good thing art isn’t a results-driven business.

Holy Family should continue to write solid pop songs like these and keep betting on the muse. If world alt pop domination comes as a result... so be it. They got as good a shot as any. After all, we are all just dust in the wind.

So be excellent to each other.

And party on, dudes. - Oh My Rockness


Still working on that hot first release.


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