Such is the extent to which Lucas believes in the words of The Greatest Mistake Of My Life, he, like his uncle before him, covers the original song when closing out Holding Absence’s new album. Before it come 11 tracks of cinematic rock that speak of life in its rawest form. True to his words about Holding Absence not being a sad band, lead single Beyond Belief is a euphoric, Robert Smith-inspired celebration of throwing caution to the wind in the name of love. On the flip-side, the rapturous Die Alone (In Your Lover’s Arms) speaks to the deathbed regret of a life lived in an unfulfilling relationship. The brooding In Circles, meanwhile, recalls Lucas’ experiences of small-town monotony.
The Greatest Mistake Of My Life is an ode to the human experience, and all the loves, losses, trials and traumas we’re faced with. It’s a record, too, that deserves to catapult Holding Absence out of the underground and into the ears of audiences far and wide. Everyone who hears it should, in some way, be able to relate to the feelings Lucas and his bandmates exude across the songs.
“Over the last decade of my life I’ve felt so many things, and I always try and channel those emotions through our music,” Lucas outlines. “This album starts with the lyric ‘I’m alive,’ and that’s something I find really poignant, because the broader message of the record is, ‘You’re living, you’re breathing, and if you’re like me, maybe you didn’t think you would have made it this far and be alive today.’ That’s something to be proud of.
“Those themes speak to the version of myself that lies awake at night thinking about everything I’ve ever done wrong in my life,” he continues. “It’s funny that I’ve written a very existential album, because like many people, I spend hours with my eyes closed, trying to fall asleep, going over the things I regret and contemplating what it all means.
“This album is a mission statement about celebrating life, and life in spite of death. It’s the goodness, regardless of all the bad; the small glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, regardless of the chasm of darkness that surrounds you.”
Holding Absence’s The Greatest Mistake Of My Life is released April 16 via SharpTone Records. Pre-order/pre-save your copy now.
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