ABOUT THE WRITER: Brianna Denmeade is a freelance writer with a Bachelor in Entertainment Business and a passion for everything music and arts. She likes travelling any chance she can, live music and any food with cheese on it. You can follow her journey on Instagram @bjded.
I found myself struggling to find much free space inside Brisbane venue The Triffid for Holy Holy's highly anticipated national tour, as they celebrated their recent album ‘Paint’. The Triffid is packed by the time the talented supporting acts The Money War and Machine Age perform, creating a captivating atmosphere from the beginning of the show. Holy Holy singer Tim Carroll and guitarist Oscar Dawson walk on stage and the crowd shrieks as a poem about 'being holy' projects through the speakers, filling the room.
The album was released in February this year, and ranked #7 on the ARIA charts making the alternative rock five-piece band artists to watch in 2017. "It's both a noun and a verb, it's very visual and colourful and creative and expressive. It felt like the right title for where we wanted to take the record" says Tim.
The sold-out audience was not disappointed when the band opened with "That Message". The catchy number combined with silhouette pink lighting throughout the venue makes this gig feel like an art exhibition. This track is upbeat enough to get everyone dancing and shows off Tim’s vocal skills and Oscar’s guitar talent; an audial showcase of their own unique twangy sound.
The entire performance was a musical journey and a full-on absorbing light show that felt like a snapshot of what the band’s second album Paint means to the guys; a beautiful combination of whimsical alternative sounds and visual stimulation. The single "If I Were You" was accompanied with heavy smoke and white lights followed by a killer drum solo from band member Ryan Strathie.
The mood of the night lightens again during the flirtatious groovy track "True Lovers", showing fans their musical diversity with each song creating its own atmosphere. During the song you can see singer Tim really connects with the crowd, displaying he is capable of expressing raw emotion on stage.
After a round of deserved screams and applause the band walk off stage for a brief moment before returning to close the night with their encore number "Send My Regards" and ending the night with an electronic loop of Tim’s vocals - the crowd continued dancing for a good five minutes before dispersing. I don’t think anyone wanted it to end, I know I surely didn't.
To connect with Holy Holy and track their musical movement, you can visit their Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.