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“Holy Fuck play the sort of id-gripping dance rock that’s best experienced in person …. Luckily, their second album … retains the raw energy of the live show, even without the visual barrage” - SPIN Magazine


“(Holy Fuck) makes swirling electronic dance music, layering beats into a synthesized frenzy …the best new weird band out of Toronto” - Flaunt


“We often say casually that bands are ‘awesome’ without thinking about the true meaning of the word -- Holy Fuck actually inspire awe…” - Pitchfork


Holy Fuck galvanizes with rambunctious grooves that’ll make you shake your Can and cause you to wonder why more techno doesn’t fizz with this kind of raw, triumphant energy.” - XLR8R


Earlier this year puzzle-pop arrived on our record players, born from Battles leathering 10 bells out of our ears with cataclysmic drums and stroke-inducing song structures. But music moves rather fast these days, as Holy Fuck demonstrate with their incredible debut which pioneers the concept of puzzle-punk. The Torontonians round off 2007’s seemingly endless stream of amazing Canadian bands with the most incessantly incendiary drum-pummelling (‘The Pulse’) and membrane-melting synth-scalding (‘Safari’) you’re ever likely to hear. There are only a mere nine songs on this debut, but if there were any more it’d probably take your face off. What’s more, from ‘Royal Gregory’’s robo-stomp to the neat Super Nintendo game samples between songs, there’s not a single mind-numbingly dull vocal in sight — thank Fuck for that.

- Matt Warwick of NME


Holy Fuck — LP
LP

Dependent/Young Turks/Beggars

Phil Villeneuve (CHARTattack)

10/30/2007 8:51pm


Take five of the six tracks from Holy Fuck's self-titled EP, add on four heavy-hitting new ones, and you have a cohesive, grimy, fast-paced record that'll blow your mind. LP starts out in the smartest way possible, with a live track. The screaming electro-antics of "Super Inuit" demand attention and remind listeners what this ferocious band are all about — their uninhibited, mostly improvised stage shows. That feeling translates well on LP, which bounds from one beat-heavy rollercoaster to another. The industrial-disco of "Frenchy's" skips and bleeps comfortably into the optimistic, orchestrated "Lovely Allen," which evokes memories of hair metal, '90s indie and Chemical Brothers. In the end, Holy Fuck's music is party music and LP is an unapologetic party album. There are no lyrics to analyze, just the band's power to create heavy, rock-based, spontaneous dance music with feeling, lots of noise and punk attitude. - Chart Attack


Discography

HOLYFUCK : Lovely Allen (2008)

HOLYFUCK : LP (2007)

HOLYFUCK : HOLYFUCK (2005)

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If opposites really do attract, it makes perfect sense that Holy Fuck would chose a barn in rural Ontario to record a series of dynamic electro-pop songs that compose their second full-length release, titled Latin.

Delivered in trimesters, Latin was engineered by Graham Walsh and mixed by Dave Sardy (LCD Soundsystem, Ting Tings, NIN), Eli Janney (GvsB, Wilco, Obits), Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Primal Scream, The Rapture) and Holy Fuck themselves.

Latin brings noise and melody together with an uncanny sense of optimism.
Not unlike Henry Miller’s Black Spring, Latin seems painfully aware of all the world’s short-comings, yet blissful about its prospects for the future.

Drummer Matt Schulz and bass player Matt McQuaid provide a complex rhythm foundation that at times feels like an invisible hand leading you through a dark hedge maze. Perhaps an excessive feat for most, but this provides the ideal underpinning as Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh merge a twin effects/keyboard tangle that is equal parts entrancing and inspiring.

With high praise from peers, big name endorsements and ascension on festival bills, Holy Fuck have the divine right to be profane. With elder music luminaries Thom Yorke and Lou Reed passing on kind words about studio recordings and live performances, it’s no wonder Holy Fuck have become sought after. The last couple years have seen them on the road with acts like M.I.A., Wolf Parade, Clinic, !!!, Mouse on Mars, Cornelius, and Super Furry Animals. Holy Fuck have been invited to play some of the best festivals like Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds, Roskilde, Coachella, All Tomorrow’s Parties, as well as the Montreal Jazz. Holy Fuck was even hailed by NME as one of the top three bands to appear on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury. If you need more name dropping at this point, I’m afraid there is little hope for you.