Holy Fuck - CANCELLED

This show has been cancelled due to Visa issues. We hope to have reschedule dates shortly.


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-noise pop that compose their latest full-length release, titled Latin. Where Holy Fuck in the past were a rotating cast of musicians, Latin showcases for the first time their consistent touring line up. 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/feedback tangle that is equal parts entrancing and inspiring. The band had an absurdly busy touring schedule in 2008/2009 and Latin undoubtedly benefited from the near nightly shows. There is an added dimension of song craft on the album – Latin brings noise and melody together with an uncanny sense of optimism – but at the same time Holy Fuck have not lost the chaotic and euphoric energy that they are known for. When it came time for Holy Fuck to record, songs were cut live off the floor during their brief downtime at home. Delivered in trimesters, Latin was engineered by Graham Walsh and mixed by Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene), D. Sardy (Johnny Cash, NIN), Eli Janney (GvsB, Wilco,), Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Primal Scream) and Holy Fuck themselves. It’s the follow up to 2007’s simply titled LP which Filter described as “nine perversely noisy, mind-bogglingly ferocious freakouts” and Spin said of it “Holy Fuck play the sort of id-gripping dance rock that’s best experienced in person. Luckily (LP) retains the raw energy of the live show, even without the visual barrage.” With high praise from peers, critics, big name endorsements and ascension on festival bills, Holy Fuck have the divine right to be profane. And with respected 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.

Iska Dhaaf

"Iska Dhaaf put together songs that are the conversations that you wish you’d had, the ones that knock you over but bring you to your feet in ebullience." - Trent Moorman (Vice, The Stranger)

The first release from Seattle’s Iska Dhaaf is perfectly suited for a summer release. The duo, after a hermetic two years of writing and recording, has introduced two elaborately crafted pop songs. The product of an intense process, both show compositional and lyrical depth.

“All the Kids,” the lead track, is a story of recklessness and abandonment. Its narrator recollects as one who has only recently emerged from the excesses and blind confidence of youth. The result is paradoxical: simultaneous celebration and lamentation.

Told in halves, the arrangement begins with an unaccompanied bass line that sets up an almost playfully lethargic vocal melody. The first verse opens: “All the kids that brought me up are gone. We used each other up and then moved on.” Just as soon as the listener is captive and engaged in their own reflection the song itself is swallowed inside of an ambient wave. The second half explodes with infectious energy and pushes forward with a sense of urgency. Imagery becomes vivid and the tone grows dire. The final verse resolves with the narrator’s acceptance of his complicity and subsequent loss. The song climaxes with the congregation of lost friends surfacing in harmony.

The second track, “Two Ones” is the internal dialogue of one who is feeling the isolation of an intimate relationship. It is a poignant statement about the soul’s inability to be completely fulfilled by another person. Unlike the conflicted nature of the situation the music itself is confident and clear. There is a warmth and capriciousness in the chords and tones that keep it from becoming somber or judgmental. Like, “All the Kids” the narrator comes to a place of acceptance.

Dead Ship Sailing

EP Release Show!

Armed with guitars, vintage drum machines, & hand-wired effects pedals, Seattle's Graig Markel & Zera Marvel set out to record 1 song a week for 10 weeks. Each song was completely written, recorded & mixed in one night & released on Bandcamp the following morning as a free download. Taking this same first-thought-best-thought approach they compiled 12 songs for their first full length release.

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This show has been cancelled due to Visa issues. We hope to have reschedule dates shortly.

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Holy Fuck - CANCELLED with Iska Dhaaf, Dead Ship Sailing

Monday, September 2 · 9:00 PM at The Crocodile

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