Holy Wave’s newest psychic vision is Interloper, their fourth full-length album. Seething with shimmer and dripping with chill sentimentality, the record is a hard declaration of the band’s further descent into all things hazy and heartbreaking. Not that the record’s entirely made up of 10-minute sway-fests -- a track like single I’m Not Living In The Past Anymore has an upbeat tempo and a laid-back cheer that’ll have listeners wiggling around their room in glee -- only that it’s an unapologetic exploration of what the band are trying to do, without worrying about pleasing everyone.
“This is the first record where all of us sang lead vocals on a song,” explains the band. “We got into a bit of uncharted territory on Escapism with the Elektron RYTM drum machine, which we were very pleased with. The studio we recorded at is called Scary American and our friend Charles Godfrey who runs the spot has a bunch of cool stuff to work with. So I guess in turn we were able to kinda try new stuff in our songs that we haven’t been able to in the past, mainly synths like the old Juno and the CS10. Fun stuff.”
Sinking into the delicious sonic quicksand, we asked Holy Wave what it’s like being an emerging band from one of music’s biggest cities in a most unusual time.
1) If you had to play a newcomer one Holy Wave song to introduce them to the band, what would it be and why?
Probably I'm Not Living In The Past Anymore. Just give 'em a fresh start, ya know? Plus, they probably aren’t living in the past anymore either, so we’re bonding.